road camber=uneven tyre wear ?

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by sarcasmatron, Oct 29, 2004.

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    sarcasmatron Guest

    My tyre guy says that the reason my front tyre is worn much more on one side
    than the other is that it's because of the camber of our roads. Says that he
    sees it on a lot of bikes. Other people I know say it ain't true.

    Does anyone else's front/rear tyre wear strongly and visibly more on one
    side than the other ?
    sarcasmatron, Oct 29, 2004
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  2. Heard of it many times, never seen it.

    Alan Pennykid, Oct 29, 2004
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    Chris Coote Guest

    Only at eastern creek and PI. however I have found the tyres wear far more
    on the outside than inside.

    you may also ride/ lean more in corners on one side (prefer a side?) and
    therefore over a period of time wear tyres unevenly. I've seen that before a
    few times, either side. you may wear from riding a road a lot that has a bit
    of camber, I guess.

    Tyre guy knows best. call around? for a dollar or two of phone calls, ask
    their opinion. it's their job. hey- you may find a good tyre dealer!

    Chris Coote, Oct 29, 2004
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    alx Guest

    Assuming that your frame /wheels aligned OK, try riding backwards | sdrawkcab for a few months.

    Let us know if it makes any difference.

    alx, Oct 29, 2004
  5. This was mentioned at a Stay Upright course recently... the reason the right
    side is worn more often being due to road camber... guess that depends on
    your riding.

    Jason Burton-Woods, Oct 29, 2004
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    phil Guest

    Seen it several times on my bikes...its real. Depends a lot on your local
    roads/tyre choice though.
    phil, Oct 29, 2004
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    Ducati ST2 Guest

    Yep do a run from Adelaide to Darwin and you will see the effect some say to
    ride on wrong side of road to help stop it. Also have had same effect in
    high winds across Nullabor to
    Ducati ST2, Oct 29, 2004
  8. IF you do a lot of upright commuting you will ntice the wear difference.

    But I do a lot of cornering and because I corner faster on left handers than
    I do right handers the wear on the left side matches the right.
    Zaphod Beeblebrox, Oct 30, 2004
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    sarcasmatron Guest

    Assuming that your frame /wheels aligned OK, try riding backwards |
    sdrawkcab for a few months.

    Well I've tried riding sideways but it wasn't very aerodynamic.
    sarcasmatron, Oct 30, 2004
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    sarcasmatron Guest

    some say to
    "Honestly occifer I was just trying to even out my tyre wear..."
    sarcasmatron, Oct 30, 2004
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    sarcasmatron Guest

    But I do a lot of cornering and because I corner faster on left handers
    Maybe I'll plan my journey to take predominantly left handers.
    sarcasmatron, Oct 30, 2004
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    Smee Guest

    What about your rear tyres?
    Seen them worn to buggery on the right hand side as well.
    Smee, Oct 30, 2004
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    alx Guest

    sideways... well, that's one way to stop cold air up the backside anyway.
    alx, Oct 31, 2004
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    Conehead Guest

    On straight inland roads my front always wore more rapidly on the right, but
    not on Tasmanian roads where you're constantly changing direction.

    Never noticed it on the rear, though.
    Conehead, Oct 31, 2004
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    Will S Guest

    I am so much more comfortable leaning and cornering to the left

    Dont know why but I am sure someone here has an opinion
    Will S, Oct 31, 2004
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    Matt Palmer Guest

    sarcasmatron is of the opinion:
    Seen it recently on the front tyre of my wife's ZZR600. Never noticed it
    before on any other bike, but I've never gone through front tyres all that
    quick (old 250s just don't seem to eat tyres that quick, and you can get
    amazingly long tyre lifes on a 750 when you're always working on it instead
    of riding it).

    - Matt
    Matt Palmer, Oct 31, 2004
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    Nev.. Guest

    Either you're not in Australia or you're doing a lot of riding on the wrong
    side of the road. Surely as left hand corners have tighter radius than right
    hand corners you'd go around right hand corners faster????

    '03 ZX12R
    Nev.., Oct 31, 2004
  18. "I'm riding backwards for Christmas,
    Across the Irish Sea!
    I've tried riding sideways,
    and riding to the front.
    But they all just look at me
    and say he's just a silly ...."

    Thank you Spike

    Alan Pennykid, Oct 31, 2004
  19. Would depend on preference, methinks. I know that I always had something
    against right-hand corners. For some reason I was always faster and
    lower on the left-handers.

    Then I did a race day - where most of the corners were right-handers. Lo
    and behold, since then, I've been merrily scraping right pegs, right
    boots, right part of the centre stand - until on the way back from PI I
    finally got as far as to scrape right knee, right elbow, right shoulder,
    and most of the right fairing.

    Now I'm back to being scared of corners. :(


    PeterC [aka MildThing]
    '81 Suzuki GS450-s
    '87 BMW K100RT
    Peter Cremasco, Oct 31, 2004
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    Matt Palmer Guest

    Nev.. is of the opinion:
    Aaah, but the camber of the road means that your tyre is making less of an
    angle to the road, so you can get around it faster. I'm a little skeptical
    myself, but I've heard the argument raised and it does appear to have some
    merit on the face of it.

    - Matt
    Matt Palmer, Oct 31, 2004
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