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chris3232


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posted May 29, 2007 01:32 PM        
Chicken Strips

I have about 600 miles on my bike now. I went out over the weekend and hit the twisties or the Florida version of them and I still have about 1/2" of chicken strips on either side. I am a little concerned. On my zx14 with Pilot Power 2CT I had no problem getting all of the tire to make contact i.e. no chicken strips. The Pirelli's do seem to have a different shape to them, however I though I would have no problem wearing these tires in. It seemed that when I would take pretty sharp corners about 65mph and roll on in the turn I had the Ducati pretty damn low.

I guess my question is do ya'll have chicken strips on your tires? Maybe I need to lean more or go faster or maybe I'm being a big puss. I still don't know what this bike is capable of doing yet.

Here are some pics of the ZX14's tires and the 1098's tires.






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fish_antlers


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posted May 29, 2007 01:48 PM        
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I guess my question is do ya'll have chicken strips on your tires? Maybe I need to lean more or go faster or maybe I'm being a big puss. I still don't know what this bike is capable of doing yet.



no... I don't have any strips... and ... well.. what can I say?
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deathpulse


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posted May 29, 2007 07:38 PM        
Hey - don't worry... get used to the machine before you go nuts . In time I bet those strips turn into nice frayed bits at the end of the tire...
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Steve516


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posted May 31, 2007 12:33 PM        
Chicken strips are not a good indication of how well you ride or how well you lean, especially on the street. Don't sweat it. There are lots of factors that go into tire wear... overall bike geometry, tire profile, body positioning, road camber, speed, etc. Better to have some left in reserve than to run all the way to the ragged edge, especially on the street. The more you use your body, the less lean angle you use for a given speed, and the more likely you are to have chicken strips.
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nsm3


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posted May 31, 2007 12:51 PM        
I wouldn't worry too much, these things really lean over when you want them to, just get used to it first.

Don't hang off so much if you want the bike to go over more, I don't hang off much on right hand turns as my joints don't like it, so the bike goes over further than on left handers.

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deathpulse


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posted May 31, 2007 01:10 PM        
Actually - when you lean off the bike properly, you can "pick the bike up" a bit and slightly reduce its lean angle ... at least thats what I think I learned at Keith Code... who knows though - I may be remembering incorrectly.
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nsm3


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posted May 31, 2007 01:19 PM        
Yes, that's what I said, if you don't hang off the bike, the bike leans over further - if you do hang off, you lower the centre of gravity and the bike doesn't have to lean over so much for a given corner speed.

My 48 yr old hip won't let me get my right knee down that easily due to falling off too often!!

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Steve516


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posted May 31, 2007 01:27 PM        
exactly... ride within your limits... A man's got to know his limitations - a great philosopher once said.
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