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Old 11-25-2012, 04:39 PM   #11
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Re: Break in period for Q2's?

Most of my riding is on the street, so basically I should just take it easier? Not that I ride all that aggressively as it is
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Most of my riding is on the street, so basically I should just take it easier? Not that I ride all that aggressively as it is
Yes. And be aware of gravel or sand on the pavement.
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:15 PM   #13
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So I did a little searching, and from what I can tell people don't seem to think there's too much of a break-in period for a pair of new Q2's. However, I just got mine on yesterday (first tire change since buying the bike used), and first ride out I'm taking a fairly easy corner, not leaning in too hard or accelerating out of it at all, and I just lowside (first time too). Nothing serious, but it's still concerning to me. Should I just try to thermal cycle the tires by freeway riding for a bit, and then not worry about it? How long would you say it takes to get them up to temp?
Was there anything on the ground? Because that does not sound normal for a Q2. Also was it really cold outside?


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Reason for your low side.....cold tires. Any tire if cold is going to slide out. On street, it takes a while to warm up to good temp, I'd say ~5 miles or so with good stop'n go's. Hard braking and strong acceleration generated more heat. Also depends on road temps, if tis too cold, tires loose heat fast.

No real break-in time for any modern tires as stated before. Just wait for them to warm up good enough (upto you to know when they are good enough for your riding skills).
It would have to be Ice cold for a q2 to to just give out like that. Personal on the street with tires not so warm I know what I can get away with on a Q2. Shit I wouldn't have the balls to try on a Stock tire.

But seriously even when cold the Q2 shouldnt have dropped out on him. maybe it was a throttle hesitation? maybe something on the ground he did't notice.
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:18 PM   #14
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Re: Break in period for Q2's?

I didn't see anything on the ground, and it was dry (rare here up in Seattle). Not too cold, I'd say upper 40's, low 50's. My best guess is that I blipped the throttle coming out of the turn too hard and don't remember it, but I definitely didn't crank it. Either that or there was some stuff on the ground/tires I didn't notice.
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:29 PM   #15
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I didn't see anything on the ground, and it was dry (rare here up in Seattle). Not too cold, I'd say upper 40's, low 50's. My best guess is that I blipped the throttle coming out of the turn too hard and don't remember it, but I definitely didn't crank it. Either that or there was some stuff on the ground/tires I didn't notice.
That's pretty cold. In temps like that, I wouldn't try anything out of the normal unless YOU KNOW FOR SURE your tires are up to temp. Plus the pavement is cold as well.

What pressures are you running?
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:32 PM   #16
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Running about 36 psi on both front and rear
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:07 PM   #17
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Maybe try backing off the pressure some so the tire builds heat faster in those low temps.
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Re: Break in period for Q2's?

Sorry to hear about the spill but I generally take it easy on the streets and have not had issues with the Q2's not holding heat or anything like that; they heat up fairly quickly to be honest with you.

The carcass is a bit harder with the Q2's so check your temps often.

I found I was riding with 42psi in the rear after a trip to dealer; shit was rock hard and very twitchy (for me) when leaning it over.
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:23 PM   #19
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I guess that a potential point of interest is that I'm coming off of some fairly worn down Pilot Power 2ct's, so I don't know how different they would be.
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I guess that a potential point of interest is that I'm coming off of some fairly worn down Pilot Power 2ct's, so I don't know how different they would be.
Yeah, turn in a bit faster from other tires, just from what I've heard; only ever used Q2's...
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