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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 06-01-2002, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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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?

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 06-02-2002, 12:31 PM
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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.
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