Getting your brand new show room floor bike home…
July 5, 2008 at 2:09 pm #1672
With all the new members signing up and the increase of new riders getting their first bikes, here’s a video that happens a lot, even for experienced riders.
Statistically, a significant amount of single rider accidents on brand new bikes happens right around the dealer shop. There’s 2 issues you need to be aware of: shiny tires and cold tires. The video above basically illustrates that the rider suffered from shiny tire syndrome. At 6 seconds into the video you can see the shine on the front tire. At 17 seconds when he’s pulling away, you can see the shine on the rear tire. The rider doesn’t do anything obnoxious either. Slight lean and a little throttle and the rear tire slides out. Dealers put on shiny stuff on the tires to make them look pretty, but this also means you need to be extra careful when taking your bike home. It’s estimated that it takes about 100 miles before all that silicone shine coating comes off the tire. When buying new tires to replace old tires, you won’t have that extra shiny stuff on the tires, but still be careful, especially if you live in a wet area.
Another issue with tires when you’re riding is cold tires. Tires need to warm up to achieve their maximum grip. An aggressive lean that you’d pull through on tires that are warm, could cause you to slide out if they aren’t warmed up.
Basic gist when bringing home your brand new show room floor bike: Look for extreme shine on the tires, be extra careful, and go easy on the leaning and throttling in the lean.
Anyhoo, congrats on getting your new bike and ride safe.July 5, 2008 at 2:29 pm #8381
WOW, like you said, guy was NOT even doing anything really that could be called dangerous or dumb, a little throttle but thats about it. thats horrible to be honest feel bad for the guy..and this is just MY opinion the dealership should fix the bike for FREE for putting dumb slippery *(&^+_! on the tires to begin with!July 5, 2008 at 6:04 pm #8391
Well, better in the parking lot than on the road.July 5, 2008 at 10:08 pm #8400
I am crying real tears over that bike getting dumped. Especially if it was a GSX-R 600.July 7, 2008 at 1:51 am #8449
I’m curious then.
If a person was going to know he was going to fall from just a slight lean and a little throttle, what ways could he have prevented this? Are there ways to warm up your tires and prevent yourself from falling right out the dealership?
Thanks for the info.July 7, 2008 at 1:59 am #8451
This is just my opinion, but he could’ve taken it slower. He wasn’t doing anything obnixious, but from that vid he didn’t have to take off like that either. But that’s the hard thing about brand new bikes from the dealer… What you would normally do, isn’t (might not be) the right thing to do. Basically, the only thing I know other than riding easy on your bike from the dealer is to do burnouts to burn that stuff off of the rear tire, which isn’t really recommended.
If there’s anything more important than my ego
around, I want it caught and shot now…July 7, 2008 at 2:35 am #8456
I’ll stick with buying used bikes hopefully broken in correctly and maintenanced correctly, and also to mention, cheaper, and no tire shine (=July 7, 2008 at 11:27 pm #8536
the shiny stuff is mold release… it is also on any tire you buy (for cages too)… there may be stuff that dealers put on to make the tires look shiny, but the mold release (which makes the tires easy to come out of the mold) is what is really slippery.
just go sloooww and gradually increase lean angle…. if you go straight for a few miles, then it rubs off the centre line…. then you are basically trying to gradually increase the area that has been scrubbed off….
as i said before, you will need to do this when you replace tires too… not just from dealer… this situation is probably worse, as you will know your bike and expect it to perform as it has for the last 10k miles… whereas with a new bike you will probably take it easy anyways
edit: the dealer i bought the bike from went over the procedure to get rid of the mold release and reminded me like 6 times before I left… maybe because I was a new rider?July 9, 2008 at 1:51 pm #8595
Just watched the video. What happened to him would suck. He did not seem to be getting on it at all. When I recently got my bike the dealer warned me that the tires had not been “scuffed” and I should be careful. I’m really glad something bad didn’t happen on my first ride.
Oh, good point about cold tires, spaz. That’s something a newbie like me may not always think about. But I will now! Thanks.July 23, 2008 at 11:36 pm #9192
Happened to me with new tires on my sportscar. Felt like I was driving on ice for the first few miles. Scared the bejeesus out of me but at least I did not have to worry about falling over.July 27, 2008 at 4:04 am #9346
Bring some sandpaper with ya, and give the tread pattern a little once over, maybe even a twice over.
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