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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-01-2016, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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Crazy Idea?

Just got a new rear tire on my Honda Rebel (use it when out cruising with the wife on her Yamaha 250) and of course they warned to scrub it in for about 100 miles before relying on its traction too much. Has anybody just taken a medium grade sandpaper to the tire from center to chicken strips to serve the break in purpose?

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I have not tried that, but I'd be worried about uneven sanding.... I'd just ride them as if you were in the rain, or on gravel roads until they get scrubbed off.

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It's a 250. It's not like you're going to be doing a flame burnout or anything like that.

Ride it.

If it really has you worried, scrub the wheel with some laundry detergent - or Dawn dish soap.

No matter where you go - there you are.
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Or just ride it thru some sand for a bit.... They DO have sand down there, don't they...?


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I have heard of wire brushing new motorcycle tires to get the glaze off them. It's tedious work.

Or, you could find an empty parking lot, put the bike in 2nd gear, and ride low speed circles and figure 8's, while progressively leaning the bike over farther and farther, but staying at low speeds while doing so. That's what I've done, and it seems to work fine. Check your air pressure first. My V seem to work best at about 2 psi below what's recommended in the manual. I don't ride with a passenger or luggage, so I don't need max pressures.
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Or just ride it thru some sand for a bit.... They DO have sand down there, don't they...?

Oh Eddie, how quick your memory fades when you head for Canuckastan! Yes we do have sand. You know what they say about Arizona: All beach, no ocean. Actually a pretty good idea. Heck, I don't even need to "ride" through some sand. Just ride into the nearest wash (what we down here call a river that never has any water in it), hold the front brake tight and spin the rear tire in the sand for a short time.

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...Just ride into the nearest wash (what we down here call a river that never has any water in it), hold the front brake tight and spin the rear tire in the sand for a short time.
Chuck - DON'T forget, that IF you do that, you gotta get OUT of the wash when you're done, and I seem to remember that you are NOT really comfortable in dirt yet, OR 12" deep sand...!


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Chuck - DON'T forget, that IF you do that, you gotta get OUT of the wash when you're done, and I seem to remember that you are NOT really comfortable in dirt yet, OR 12" deep sand...!

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Speak for yourselves, sand is hard to come by where I'm at. The country roads are in such desperate need of repair though that 10 miles on those is like riding on grated highway.

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