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Old 05-13-2015, 06:19 AM
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Do your tires wear Left,Right or Even

So this Poll is to see, out of interest, how tire wear can be affected by the side of the road your riding on. The percentages wont be the indicator, the comparison between the numbers on the same side of the road will be the interesting ones.
If you do a lot of track days on your road riding bike, it may not be accurate.

I have seen a few references about this topic in a few different threads, and read some interesting views on it.
A few of us had a short discussion about this at the recent Australian rally, towards the end of the rally, we could notice a significantly more aggressive wear on the right hand side and one of the conclusions was that maybe because we ride on the left hand side of the road here in australia, overall, its easier to push harder in a right hander with more visability and obviously more road if your already on the left hand side where you should already be. Left handers could tend to be a little more cautious with less visablility and less road if you screw up. So we wondered wether riding on the right side wore down the left quicker.
BUT.... that all depends on rider style, and overall conditions, and its only a particular view.
And it would be interesting to hear your views on why your tyres wear the way they do, based on the side of the road your country uses.
This is not a tire brand comparison thread, shouldnt make much difference on this topic.

"LHS Country" means you ride on the left. (Australia etc)
"RHS Country" means you ride on the right. (USA etc)
"Ride all over the road country" (there is bound to be someone who needs this option)

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Wear all over when attending an i-BMW "rally."
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Re: Do your tires wear Left,Right or Even

Extremely fast wear when attending the Oz Rally! Mine has always seemed quite even, although the centre of the tyre always goes first on the rear, and about the middle between centre and the edge, on the front. Of course different tyres have somewhat different wear. Once I start to feel the deterioration in ride quality I change them to new, don't like waiting till the steel belts appear
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Re: Do your tires wear Left,Right or Even

I think I wore a hole in the back of my jocks when I saw that copper outside of Cooma. And wore a hole in front on the ride up to Falls Creek.

Sorry Matt, I will be able to give you a more serious answer after the next Australian I-BMW Rally. Where and when will it be by the way?
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Re: Do your tires wear Left,Right or Even

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I think I wore a hole in the back of my jocks when I saw that copper outside of Cooma. And wore a hole in front on the ride up to Falls Creek.

Sorry Matt, I will be able to give you a more serious answer after the next Australian I-BMW Rally. Where and when will it be by the way?

You led the way up to falls creek, top run it was too!!
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Re: Do your tires wear Left,Right or Even

Right down the center. Although I live in an area where there are no curves so my experience isn't worthy.

In truth, I trailer my bike the 700 miles (1100 km) it takes to get to the mountains most of the time, and from there I get pretty even wear.
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Re: Do your tires wear Left,Right or Even

Interesting Poll, when i first bought my KRS in 2005 it had the Metzlers on it and the first three sets all wore out faster on the left side (front tire only).
I asked the tech at the BMW dealership about this and he explained that it was the road crown, i did/do alot of highway riding on my commute to work but mostly in the left lane which should have worn more on the right side of the tire if it was from road crown.
i switched to the Michelins for the next 5 sets and have not noticed that type of wear, I now get even wear, May not be a tire issue but seems like guite a coincidence as i ride the same route almost daily and at the same speeds,
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Re: Do your tires wear Left,Right or Even

What really affects tire wear is number of left turns Vs right turns, if you run more right hand corners than left then your tire will naturally wear more on the right side, if you ride......some areas have crowns some don't.......never mind I confused myself.... there is no such thing as true synthetic oil.....
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Re: Do your tires wear Left,Right or Even

I've followed riders that are sitting off to one side of the seat and you can see that the bike is leaning to compensate for it.
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Re: Do your tires wear Left,Right or Even

This was heavily discussed quite a while back on several forums and I believe there were some studies done in the US back in the 90's, conclusion was that there were two factors in play causing increased tyre wear on one side or the other, camber of the road and longer distance on opposite side corners to side of road ridden on, so those of us who ride on the left hand side (the correct side ) and where right hand turns are a slightly longer distance will tend to have slightly increased tyre wear on the right hand side, vice versa for our foreign cousins who ride on the right. I do know mine on the K1600GT tend to wear more on the RHS but the little F800R seems to wear more evenly, 16 is wearing Pirelli Angel GT A specs (3rd set) and the little girl has Michelin Pilot Powers, admittedly the little girl is my commuter/play bike so does tend to get ridden a bit harder
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Straight down the middle. Unfortunately my ride to work is straight roads and wears the centre. However the Ibmw rally certainly cured that. Still have the same tyres Matty but they are looking a little treadless.
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I always wear the RHS more the LHS. I have heard of a couple of other theories besides the camber in our roads like roundabouts ( more time going right than left), if your right handed you tend to go harder around a right handed corner than going left (I think I may believe this )
The wear on my right is only marginally more than my left.
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I think it's safe to say, they wear on the side.

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Re: Do your tires wear Left,Right or Even

Two sets of Metzler z6, the front wore more on the left side very noticeably.
Continental Road Attacks seem to wear very evenly. New set in the mail right now.
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Straight down the middle. Unfortunately my ride to work is straight roads and wears the centre. However the Ibmw rally certainly cured that. Still have the same tyres Matty but they are looking a little treadless.

i asked you at the start of rally in March (very nicely i think) if your tyres were going to make it to the end, they must be almost canvas by now!!

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i asked you at the start of rally in March (very nicely i think) if your tyres were going to make it to the end, they must be almost canvas by now!!

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Haha not quite Matt. The Pirelli Rosso Corsa don't seem to have much tread to start with but the dual compound idea seems to work well. I am replacing them in two weeks.
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Re: Do your tires wear Left,Right or Even

Cant remember whether I have commented before but in Aussie driving on the left on made bitumen roads there is always a camber that places more load on the right of the centre of the tyre,which is greatly increased when leaning to the right on a right hand turn.
But when cornering to the left the camber ,if pronounced enough, will only bring the load to the centre ,and not much more on the if the camber is moderate.
I remember some years ago I took a KRS to an alignment expert and he laughed when I showed him what I thought was excessive wear.
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Re: Do your tires wear Left,Right or Even

I though this was a weird question when I first came across it. But today I actually had a good look at my front tyre, and bugger me senseless, but the right hand side is worn right down to slick, whilst the left still has some tread depth remaining.

I think Defoe is on the money with his theory.

Anyway, checked the receipts when I last changed the front tyre, and the Michelin Pilot Road 3 has 12700kms on it. I think it's time for a new one.
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I though this was a weird question when I first came across it. But today I actually had a good look at my front tyre, and bugger me senseless, but the right hand side is worn right down to slick, whilst the left still has some tread depth remaining
My left side is usually toast by the time I hit 8 or 10K. But the right hand side looks really good. So if you leave a little tread on the right side just for the sake of it, we could trade tires!
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Re: Do your tires wear Left,Right or Even

Tricky poll to answer.

Pre-2002 K1200RS the wear was significantly more on the left.
-- let go of handlebars, bike dives for left ditch
2002 K1200RS was only slightly more on the left.
-- let go gf handlebars, bike thinks about going straight but decides left is probably better
K1200S/K1300S even wear.
-- let go of handlebars, bike goes straight

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Leaning over, you have additional G forces that will cause much higher wear than somewhat uneven camber. Some people lean better on the left, others prefer right. IMHO that's what matters the most. Or simply, your riding pattern might be more to the left or more to the right. We see that on the track often...one side wears more. Some riders even turn tyres around (against recommended rotation) to maximise tyre use. On slicks or semi slicks, tyre pattern makes no difference.
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I think I wore a hole in the back of my jocks when I saw that copper outside of Cooma. And wore a hole in front on the ride up to Falls Creek.

Sorry Matt, I will be able to give you a more serious answer after the next Australian I-BMW Rally. Where and when will it be by the way?

And we await your more serious answer John......

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Clearly the answer lies in the Earth's slightly non-perpendickular axis of rotation relative to the sun.

This causes us to lean more to the right (possibly why we prefer German motorcycles), and why, therefore our tyres wear quicker on the right hand side.

Simple geophysics really
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Shiny, new Shinko Verge front tire.


2200 Miles later.


3000 miles and thoroughly cooked, right down to the chord,


The high 'crown' of our So California roads demonstrably and prematurely eats the rubber left of zero degrees. The added braking abilities afforded by the Duo-lever suspension simply "EATS" rubber.
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3000 might have been pushing it but you do have a perfect example of how to wear out a tire.
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That rubber is too soft for that bike, I understand side wear but even in the centre it looks shagged.
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Shinko VergeX?

I just cooked one pretty good crossing the Americas.5,000 miles?Handled just fine.

Front only as I was still running my Roadtec01 rear.

I'll try them Verges again as a pair on my local roads. Funny the service guy brought it back from the shop and asked me....Is that what we sold you?Yep and I specifically asked for it.Fully aware of my tire choices....!
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Native American peoples called "KANZA" (or People of the southwind), of which the state of Kansas gets its name.Now a little planing one can achieve equal tire wear as follows.
Ride South to North you'll have a tail wind, North to south you'll buck a headwind,---Riding East to west the bike will lean severely to the left and vise versa when riding when riding West to east.----Meaningless, I know, until you take into condensation the old saying all Kansans know.----
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Re: Do your tires wear Left,Right or Even

You forgot to mention ‘wear out’
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