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New tyres - first observations.


DocWeyr
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I used farbic tyres for 1500 km. In cold, wet days they were not very trustworthy - slippy - especially on turns as I am taller and more heavy then average rider. I decided to change them for this season.

After some conversations with more experienced bikers - I bought Michelin Pilot Street. In present crazy days change includes self umount/mount practice what improved by garrage by a few new tools ;-] 

First observation - as I have alloy wheels - is problem with balance of freshly changed tubed wheels. Up to tyre service I need to ride a bit to fit new tire and tube inside well and then I should deliver whells again for balance tuning. Hmmm...

As a result so far I feel some shaking at 40-50 km/h. Above it stops. So defenetly I really need to visit service again after another week of driving.

But traction looks much better so far. I do not feel sliperry so far. But what surprised me -  TCmax looks a bit more effective in speed. Usually up to my size I could reach 80-85 km/h - up to road conditions. So below formal max speed. Now it is some 5-8% more.

So the most unpleasant part of alloy wheels is its balance. Or... service I choosed made bad work. First time changed tyres on motorcycle alloy wheels. Has anyone done that?

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FCFanBoy
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Michelin Pilot Street & Pirelli Angel City are good tyre options for the TC Max.

I take it you had the new tyres fitted at a tyre centre so my question is... Did they balance the wheels after fitting the new tyres or tell you to bed them in and bring it back for balancing?

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2nd option.

1st service said they could not balance them and I should be back later.

But I also visited another service which just said they never balance such wheels but they work was done much better - my front wheel works almost fine after their job. 

And in fact - original fabric wheels are also not balanced. Maybe it is the way it works. 

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It doesn't make any difference if your wheel is cast alloy or spoked as the tyre still needs to be fitted correctly.

Most decent tyre manufacturers add a paint dot or similar to the sidewall of a tyre to indicate the balance point. This needs to be lined up with the valve for the wheel/tyre combo to have primary balance. Further balancing using a static or dynamic balancer may or may not be required depending on how well the wheel/tyre combo is balanced.

From what you've said it seems that the first company did a poor job and the second refitted the tyres correctly but lacked the adapters to fit your wheels on to their balance machine.

 

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@fcfanboy - exactly.

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