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Discussion in 'New Members - G'Day!' started by Ginkana, May 13, 2016.

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    @Aeek, I did a fair bit of trawling through the relevant winter glove reviews, and your WFX Skins get a very good rap. I also quite like the more subdued look of the armour under the leather for this style of glove.
     
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    Dear Senior Riders, I know I should read the manual but out of curiosity I couldn't stop asking, apart from checking tires pressure, oils more often in the week and promptly warming the engine oil before each ride what else is a must do especially before each ride or as frequent as possible?

    I keep wondering about tire warming, is that really necessary just to commute of 10k each way daily!

    Forgive my ignorance. [emoji1374]
     
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    Whilst I can only speak for myself, I firmly believe most people have their own personal ritual that they conduct before they head off on their trusty two wheeled steed, and you will most likely develop a version of your own, based upon your risk mitigation and need.

    When you are warming your venerable CBR up, use the time required for putting on your helmet and gloves and generally getting yourself comfortable, to run an eye and ear over your bike to see if something doesn't look or sound quite right. This might be the time you see the screw/nail half embedded into you tyre or see some fluid leakage from your brakes or forks (I've seen both), or indeed the disk lock that you forgot to remove. It is also a good time to take stock of the weather and road conditions before you let the clutch out and move off.

    I check my brakes every time I hop on the bike. This is as simple as squeezing the lever as you first sit on it and check if it prevents forward/backward movement.

    Regarding the subject of tyre warming, this can certainly be a bit of a black art and would be best answered by some of the more experienced forum members who are regular race "track whores".

    From a road riding perspective I believe tyre warming depends on many factors, including: the type, brand, wear/age and purpose of the tyre (is it sport or touring rubber), the ambient temperature of the day and that of the road surface—including if it is a wet or dry day, as well as the amount of stop/start riding you would do on your 10K commute. My guess is that in a worst case scenario of a slow commute on a cold and wet Canberra winter morning, you will not see your tyres get fully up to operating temperatures in the distance you are travelling. This is not to say the tyres won't perform well enough, it just means you would be well advised to ride smart and certainly not to try and get your new titanium knee sliders scuffed on the very first round-about you come to. As an aside, hard braking and acceleration has far more effect on warming the rubber hoops than the weaving to and fro.

    Your questions are all valid, as even the more experienced riders amongst us can often learn from a fresh look at standard routines. Thanks for making me think about my riding process a little more deeply.

    Cheers
     
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