Originally Posted by TheBlurr
tires play an integral part in motorcycle safety, knowing the realistic capabilities of your machine will enable you to have a more safe and long riding career. If you are not comfortable with your tires as I posted before that will transition into poor riding behavior.
Making excucses under false pretenses helps no one whatsoever, and riding in gravel to scrub your tires is silly lol funny as hell actually.
It is up to you how you would like to ride, the thread was to inform and to help people better themselves, if you do not wish to progress, then please, move on. :)
Maybe I'm completely off base here, but at this point, considering the spelling, grammar, and vitriol, I have to think that there is a significant amount of trolling going on here. Maybe I shouldn't continue to feed into it.
Similar to a previous poster, 90% of my riding is a short 3.5 mile urban commute to work. I have never had an issue on this short commute, where the tires should not have a chance to warm up to full temperature. I'm not saying that a cold tire is never an issue for anyone. I'm not saying that a cold tire will grip like a warm one. I'm just saying that the issues I report were observed on longer trips, in good weather, in sweeping corners, on good concrete, under minimal acceleration. Based on my experience and that of others, there is the possibility that at least some tires have a film that needs to be removed before trying to utilize the full cornering potential of the tire.
Here is a picture of me holding some shavings of the film that came on my tire. This was removed from the side of the tread area, by dragging a razor blade at an angle perpendicular to the tire surface. This did not cut into the tire at all, just dragged across the surface. This is not rubber. It is a black colored film. It feels almost like paint. It flakes when rolled in your fingers. Tire rubber is not naturally black, it has to be dyed black. Maybe this is leftover from that dying process. I'm not sure. When using the same procedure on the center of the tread (where the surface is already scrubbed), nothing came off. No rubber; no film.
I'm not sure what other evidence would be necessary to simply establish the mere possibility that new tires might have some sort of film.