cold weather and my bike (not about gear) - Sportbike Forum: Sportbike Motorcycle Forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 06-01-2002, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 67
cold weather and my bike (not about gear)

Ok, so winter's here in Melbourne, Australia. It seems to get down to freezing, or a few degrees above, once in a while, but no snow. I'm a new rider, and have been planning on using the bike as my only trasportation (I walk to school so I really only use the bike for non-commuting, ie social and whatnot).

Coming back from a friend's place last week, it was a few degrees above freezing, and as I was coming around a corner at 40-50km/h, I felt both tires slip out from under me and the bike slipped about a foot to the left before continuing on as if nothing had happened. I wasn't leaned very far over, the pavement wasn't visibly wet, and I'm pretty sure it was too warm for ice, although I'm not certain.

So here's the question. Are sportbike tires (michelin pilots) just not made to be run at these temps? Is this a common occurance to slip and slide? Am I flirting with death by riding at near-freezing temps?

Thankfully, if I *was* going to go down, it was a pretty good place - middle of a park, grass on either side of the road, and I had full gear on for what would have been (I'm guessing) a pretty gentle lowside. Still, I'd rather not have gone down at all!

Another quick Q - while riding at these temps, my temp guage never gets above the C mark. Does that matter?

Last edited by Nyquist_Theorem; 06-01-2002 at 09:37 PM.
Nyquist_Theorem is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 06-02-2002, 12:31 PM
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 256
In the absence of black ice which you couldn't see, Michelin Pilot Spots seem to take a LONG time to warm up even in higher temperatures. I had them before my current tires (Bridgestone 020's) and tried to warm them up on the freeway/motorway for several miles before attempting any hard cornering. Once warm, their grip is great, but while cold they tend to slip a little in the corners. Bridgestone 010's have a reputation to be much better in the cold and don't need nearly so long to "get their grip". YMMV.
RayO is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Sportbike Forum: Sportbike Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome