hey adrenaline rush how long does a bike have to sit to get flat spots? j/w couple months or so?
i don't know i've never had any. i've always moved my bikes around a lot or keep them on stands. i would be interested if anybody knows.
Thanks guys. What do you mean by flat spots? I'm quite a grease monkey with cars, but brand new to bikes.
i know this thread is about gas but heres some info on flat spots, and older tires.
You will know when your on a nice and smooth road, you'll be able to tell if the tires have flat-spots or aren't balanced. Both will have thumps or shaking that goes up and down as the speed goes up and down.
Really check out the tires, tires are the only things between your body and the pavment!
flat spots., if you look at your tire from the front (for the front tire) or from the rear (for the rear tire). Check to see if the point where you lean over in a turn on your tire flat or straight, Instead of a nice, even, and rounded profile. If there is a flat part off the center of the tire on either side, then you got a problem.
You can also get a flat spot in the center (or also know as squared off) a lot of times its caused by exssesive high way driving, obviously this is not the problem in this case. Also if the center of your tire is flattened out, even if there is sufficient tread left, the bike won’t lean into a turn properly, and its time for new shoes.
old tires can show signs of age by cracking of the sidewall of the tire, also referred to as dryrot. A tire that’s barely been used can dry out just from age and exposure to the sun, so even if there’s lots of tread left, if there is evidence of cracking. it’s time for new ones. generally, when tires get over 3 years old, they have probably began to get hard, even if the sidewalls arent cracked yet. a hard tire won’t conform and grip the road like it should.
Most tires shoul be replaced in 3 years or less. not all but most. i replace my tires every other year or less. i would say 3 year old tires replace them better safe than sorry. saftey mods are the most important.
if you do get new tire be careful they are slick, tires are coated with residual mold release which makes them very slippery. take it easy on the throttle and brakes in the begging, and gradually increase your lean angle. This will allow you to wear off the slippery coating. Once all that shiny sh!t is worn away, you’re good to go, it ushally takes about 100+ miles.