New motorcycle tyres - roughing them in?

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Answer #1 | 18/12 2013 19:25
You're worrying to much. Riding the bike with the new tyres installed is honestly the best way to wear them in. Just keep the cornering speeds lower for 100 miles or so, you can lean your body rather than the bike. Last time I got two tyres fitted, I was straight out doing the usual, didn't even think about it. I didn't have anything go wrong either. You might think the bike leans far, but to be honest it doesn't. Simply because the speed we travel at for bends on the streets is not high enough.
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Answer #2 | 18/12 2013 13:09
"My question is, is there another safe way of scrubbing the tyres on a paddock stand?" You just need to take it easy for the first few miles, you can see when they are run in. Just do not go piling into the first few corners, just take the nice and steady at a lower speed than usual. I have known people roughing new tyres up with emery paper before now but it is a waste of time.
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Answer #3 | 18/12 2013 13:24
Like most tire MFGR's recommend , go easy and Exaggerate your leans at lower speed for the first 50 miles
Answer #4 | 18/12 2013 17:25
Just to add my two cents, 'scrubbing' on the pavement is really the only good way as it isn't just the outer surface of the tire that matters but also the flex-cord in the inner part, sorta like new boots they need to be 'worn' before they are comfortable.
Answer #5 | 18/12 2013 13:05
Soap and water with a plastic scrub pad would remove what you are concerned about without harming the tires, but the only thing that would do is ease your mind. Just make sure you don't take any 90 degree corners on cross-walk paint. If there's any dust on the paint, your front tire can slip. On the open road while cornering? You are fine. Did you take any riding safety courses?
Answer #6 | 18/12 2013 23:13
Its bedding in the tyre I would take it easy and be sensible. If you take a corner wrong and need to lean more than normal you are more likely to crash because of panicking than the actual tyre. I suggest you stop worrying and just ride how you normally ride, it would not be wise to make such mistakes taking thighs corners when in the process of "bedding in". Easy rider while your "bedding in", after when you take a tight corner, relax, go with the bike and keep to a steady accsiliration Motorcyclists are more likely to crash at a corner because they panic, tense up/rigid and it forces the bike upright. The police do "bike safe" talks which are great for every level. I don't like "bedding in" but once I have my normal area bedded I feel safe and the more I ride the more I am getting experience and in fact using more tyre but it will grip as long as you ride properly. Safe riding and I think you are over worrying.
Answer #7 | 18/12 2013 18:54
It's mostly heat that burns off the mold release agent they use when manufacturing the tires. Heat is generated by riding. Go for a good 200 miles ride, or a couple 100 miles rides or four 50 miles rides and you will be fine. Be relatively gentle in turning for the first 200 miles and you will be fine. Riding also produces friction of the tires against the road. This will rub off some of the coating as well.

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