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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-21-2008, 01:24 AM Thread Starter
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Dumb question about tires

This is probably going to seem like a dumb question to most of you, but I'm totally new to bikes and don't know any better...what's the deal with the rear tire? All of the motorcycle tires that I've ever seen have the tread wrap around to the sidewall of the tire. That makes sense to me, because bikes lean and need that extra tread on the sidewall to keep traction. The rear tire on this bike though, doesn't have that. From the looks of the tire, it doesn't appear that you could get much lean out of the bike because you'd run out of tread. I know that's not really the case, but I can't quite wrap my head around how this tire works. Could someone explain it to me please?

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-21-2008, 01:31 AM
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I'd have to see the tire to tell ya

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I would ASSume it's the same style tire that's on all/most of these bikes as these are the stock tires. I could be wrong though. It might be hard to see in the pic, but it just seems like there's a very distinct break between the tread and the sidewall, instead of the tread wrapping around onto the sidewall. But like I said, I'm new to bikes, so this could end up being the dumbest question ever posed on these forums.



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Wonder if his tire is from the dark side...

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The tire you have is a standard tire for bikes. If you want the tread to wrap more then get a racing style tire of sorts. It will help with more lean.

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What tire do you have? Which manufacturer and type?

I've run Metzeler ME-880's and Avon Venom tires, both have a lot of tread, can lean it over really far. The Vulcan even railed the corners on the sucky stock Bridgestone tires. It's rare, but I've even scraped the pegs a few times.

Don't worry about leaning, it's what the bike was designed to do. Tires too!
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What tire do you have? Which manufacturer and type?

I've run Metzeler ME-880's and Avon Venom tires, both have a lot of tread, can lean it over really far. The Vulcan even railed the corners on the sucky stock Bridgestone tires.
I have the "sucky stock Bridgestone tires." Like I said, I know the bike can lean pretty far, but just from looking at that rear tire, it seems to me like you'd run out of tread. My newbie brain just doesn't fathom how that tire design can work.

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if you look at tires with a tread further up the side wall, the tire is more rounded while ours are more square, as you lean the bike over the tire wrinkles giving you more traction...i am talking about the same wrinkle you would get on some M/T 44" Drag slicks, just not as aggressive as that...so little you wouldn't notice it with your naked eye.
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Looks like a standard rear tire to me. There's enough wrap around to lean it, and it just looks off because it has some sidewall which sport tires have less of.
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I think that if you were to just lean the bike over while standing still, and watch the tire, you would see you have plenty of tread still on the road. I have the stock Bridgestone tires, and the only time I worry about leaning too much is when I'm turning on a road with more sand or gravel than usual on the surface. This bike hugs the road very well on turns. I mean, it's not a sport bike, but we're not looking to do that type of riding if we own a VN, right?

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