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I came across something somewhere that said never to store slicks in freezing temps. I keep my race bike stored in the trailer all winter long and up here in MA it gets very cold. Can this ruin the slicks? Should I pull the wheels off and bring them in the house? Let me know what you guys do in the winter time or if you or anyone you know have had any issues with storing slicks in cold temps. Thanks!
 

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Interested in seeing what the responses are. I plan to keep my tires in the area of the basement near the hot water heater. It should be nice and warm down there. Hopefully they still come fully wrapped like they did from the factory.
 

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I wouldnt worry about the slicks as much as the lack of coolant that would be in a race bike.

A small electric space heater might be a solution to keep temps above freezing...depending on the size of the trailer.
 

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You should bring the bike in the house

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There isn't a way to get the bike in the house haha. Believe me if I could it would be in my living room. This summer I will be adding a sliding glass door and a deck. So maybe next winter if I can get it up on the deck then I can bring it in the house! :nocontrol
 

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If you have the bike on stands, just pull the wheels off and sit them in the house somewhere. I put mine in the storage closet in the basement next to the hot water heater. It fluctuates between 68 and 78 degress down there. That should keep 'em comfortable.

 

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If you have the bike on stands, just pull the wheels off and sit them in the house somewhere. I put mine in the storage closet in the basement next to the hot water heater. It fluctuates between 68 and 78 degress down there. That should keep 'em comfortable.

That is my plan. What slicks are those?

However, if you're running a track/race bike all you really gotta do is empty the radiator, no need to put antifreeze in and then have to clean the system and eliminate traces of the antifreeze come spring time.
 

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They are Pirelli Superbike SC3s.




As far as the raditor/cooling system goes, I flushed it before winter storage and filled the system with antifreeze and distilled water to keep the rubber components lubricated to avoid drying out and cracking. When Spring shows her face, I'll drain the system and go back to running distiled water only.

BTW, I think I need a new raditor cap. #reminder
 

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They are Pirelli Superbike SC3s.




As far as the raditor/cooling system goes, I flushed it before winter storage and filled the system with antifreeze and distilled water to keep the rubber components lubricated to avoid drying out and cracking. When Spring shows her face, I'll drain the system and go back to running distiled water only.

BTW, I think I need a new raditor cap. #reminder
The Graves 2.0 Bar radiator cap is my recommendation.

Next time wear your slicks to the end on the last day before track session ends.
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Just use engine ice. Just about all race organizations allow it. As for slicks, cold weather will definitely damage them. Race tire services (Dunlop USA) requires you within two days of receiving tires, to check for cracks if they ship them during the winter. Sometimes they won't even ship them if it is too cold. I was at Jennings one time waiting to get a tire changed and this guy in front of me bought a brand new slick from Jennings the night before. Put the tire in his trailer and the next morning went to have it mounted. When they tried to mount it, the tire cracked. They said it was because he left he tire in his unheated trailer all night.
 

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Just use engine ice. Just about all race organizations allow it. As for slicks, cold weather will definitely damage them. Race tire services (Dunlop USA) requires you within two days of receiving tires, to check for cracks if they ship them during the winter. Sometimes they won't even ship them if it is too cold. I was at Jennings one time waiting to get a tire changed and this guy in front of me bought a brand new slick from Jennings the night before. Put the tire in his trailer and the next morning went to have it mounted. When they tried to mount it, the tire cracked. They said it was because he left he tire in his unheated trailer all night.
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The Graves 2.0 Bar radiator cap is my recommendation.



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Wear your slicks down to the end of it's life so you when warm season comes you can order and install a fresh set. It's like having supplements. If you decide to use them again after opening them, they will get old and hard. If you consume them all and use a new batch next year you will have a fresh set.
 

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Just use engine ice. Just about all race organizations allow it. As for slicks, cold weather will definitely damage them. Race tire services (Dunlop USA) requires you within two days of receiving tires, to check for cracks if they ship them during the winter. Sometimes they won't even ship them if it is too cold. I was at Jennings one time waiting to get a tire changed and this guy in front of me bought a brand new slick from Jennings the night before. Put the tire in his trailer and the next morning went to have it mounted. When they tried to mount it, the tire cracked. They said it was because he left he tire in his unheated trailer all night.
I wonder if other companies are immune to cold crack failures as they might have patents designed to prevent this from happening. Of course the other manufacturers who don't have it wouldn't steer you to another company if they know this exist w/ say Michelins.

It's nice to do the right thing to an extent.
 

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Wear your slicks down to the end of it's life so you when warm season comes you can order and install a fresh set. It's like having supplements. If you decide to use them again after opening them, they will get old and hard. If you consume them all and use a new batch next year you will have a fresh set.
I agree, but sometimes it's not exactly under your control. You're not going to do a burnout with a slick when you're out of riding weather and still have some rubber left.

I wonder if other companies are immune to cold crack failures as they might have patents designed to prevent this from happening. Of course the other manufacturers who don't have it wouldn't steer you to another company if they know this exist w/ say Michelins.

It's nice to do the right thing to an extent.
I have heard it's a Dunlop thing, but don't quote me on it.
 

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I agree, but sometimes it's not exactly under your control. You're not going to do a burnout with a slick when you're out of riding weather and still have some rubber left.



I have heard it's a Dunlop thing, but don't quote me on it.
I mean, it's cool to know what to possibly expect than to find out the hard way by storing them in the cold then going out for a ride w/o checking and it failing. Prob the result of some people's demise. All death statistics aren't really evaluated like the NSTB w/ plane commercial airline crashes. People just clean up the accident and move on.

I mean, I was riding in shorts at 140+ w/ a herniated front valve stem.. I was wondering why I was going wide even under some braking so I added throttle and I could turn tighter. Changed everything to 90 degree CNC and never had a problem since.

I have cleared so many potentially life changing events but haven't forget what has happened and why. It's always good to know more information from others who have experienced it w/o us experiencing it first hand because sometimes the good information will be known After the negativity has unfolded.
 
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