Motorcycle Tires for Gravel

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I wasn't taught how to ride on gravel and I paid for my ignorance on a recent road trip. I came off my bike when I pulled off a sealed road and onto a gravel rest stop. After the embarrassing incident (thankfully I wasn't hurt) my fellow riders sat me down and gave me a clear lesson on how to ride on gravel.Gravel provides motorcycle riders using road tires so much trouble because of its unstable nature. Each piece of gravel can act like a marble underneath the rounded surface of your bike's tires. This means that without careful control a motorcycles tires can lose traction and slide. At speed this can mean serious injury, if not death, to a motorcycle rider and at the very least damage to the motorcycle itself.

Below is a list of the advice given to me and a few more I have learned since. There are 12 tips in total you can consider. All the ideas below are simple and practical.

1. Go SlowOf all the hints presented here 'going slow' is the most important. The time you have to react to your bike and the road itself will increase the slower you go. This means that if your bike does slide out fro under you there will be time to react. At speed you won't have this luxury. Going slow will also bring your legs into play. If you are traveling slow enough you can use your feet to stop your bike from tipping over. If you are traveling at speed this won't be possible.

2. Stay Upright

Your primary focus should be to minimize any slippage your tires may have on the gravel surface. Keeping the bike upright maximizes the surface area of the tire that is in contact with the ground. Once again it also gives you as much time as possible to react if your bike does slide out from beneath you.

3. Corner Gently & Slowly

Basic physics allows us to lean the bike over quite far when we are turning, if we are traveling at sufficient speed. This simple action requires strong tire grip on the ground. On gravel there isn't sufficient grip so we can't lean the bike as much. Therefore our turns have to be gradual and slow.

4. Don't Accelerate Quickly

Once gain a lack of traction with a motorcycle on gravel means the wheels will spin erratically, gripping in patches on the road surface. This means flying gravel with bursts of speed that are hard to control. When accelerating do so slowly and make sure your bike has sufficient grip for you to control the bike. The slower the acceleration the more constant the grip.

5. Use Rear Break

Don't use the front brake when moving on gravel. I repeat, don't use it at all. The front wheel will find it hard to gain traction and when it does gravel will shift beneath it. This will cause your front tire to slide. When this happens you will lose control of your bike. Instead use your rear break and only do so lightly. Your slow speed with hopefully have reduced your need to use a break anyway.

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2007-05-31 12:19:00 by germz

Motorcycle Tires

(1) Motorcycle Factory Recommendations:
Your manufacturer will 'spec' a particular tire and tire inflation [psi] for your MC. Consult MOM, placard on the bike, factory service manual, or call dealership/factory.
My front tire indicates 36psi max; factory specs 21psi. 15,000 miles @ 21psi on that tire - still working.
(2) Tire Factory Recommendation:
Again, tire manufacturer will spec particular tires for MC. Most manufacturer's websites allow you to input make/model/year and provide a suggested tire. Tires rated for speed & max cold psi @ load.

2013-01-20 06:50:44 by projector

Yeah, gravel can be intimidating.

What I do on gravel is kinda not think like my tires are getting any bite, but more like Im on a little boat floating across the gravel. All my moves are super slow motion and I dont expect the bike to respond normally.Its impossible to count on having any traction when you need it, for going or stopping.
stay in 1st or 2nd. If your tire is locking upin the gravel try to slow it down w/light braking and go up a gear, as long as that wont have you go too fast. NEVER even touch the front brake-no matter what. Like bug said, look out ahead and pick the most solid path thru the gravel. That will involve going back and forth in the lane over furrows of gravel-be careful

2009-02-22 05:15:40 by thrilher

I almost feel sorry for people

That spent their childhood growing up without a motorcycle between thier legs. my first motorcycle wasn't a motorcycle at all. it was a Sears minibike, i was neighbors dad bought him a Honda was green,had shocks and cranked right away. when i hit bumps with my minibike on our gravel road with whip tee doo type pothole patterns it would shake the handlebars outta my hands but that little QA50 with balloon tires was awesome. haven't seen one since and this was 1973. my line from there was yamaha 175,Honda CX500,Honda V65, suzuki rm125,then another V-65 which i still have along w

2007-05-20 22:24:52 by germz

Duals, Sports, Cruisers, This Forum...

A short time before the OP here, there was another thread that dealt with dual sports.
Why create a new thread and clutter the forum - unless baiting?
And then, as you noticed, the redundant OP generated dumb responses. I say "dumb" because they betray something more than a lack of knowledge about dual sports: they indicate a lack of logic, or a maliciousness of character.
"...I certainly didn't like how they felt on the road. Knobbies must have a short life span on the road,"
If you don't like "knobbies," why not put different tires on your motorcycle? Right?

2008-06-26 12:56:34 by Dierwolf

For example-----

From staff reports
Fort Hood released information Monday about a Fort Hood soldier who died in a motorcycle accident Saturday on Farm-to-Market 2484 between Cedar Knob Cemetery and Gravel Crossing.
Sgt. Oliver Laurence Jones, 35, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at 5 p.m. by Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin.
Jones was the driver of a privately owned motorcycle at the time of the incident. He was killed as a result of injuries sustained during the accident.
The accident is still under investigation, according to Fort Hood officials

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