Motorcycle Tires for Snow

SNOW TIRES for MotorcyclesI ve died and gone to heaven

Winter tires are designed for winter conditions to give you extra traction, braking and handling when road conditions deteriorate with snow/slush and ice. If your area only sees a few light snows each year, then all-season tires are probably the way to go. But if you regularly drive in cold and/or snowy conditions during winter months winter tires are a smart investment.

What are the advantages of Winter Snow Tires
  • A winter tire’s tread design is very important. It includes specialized “lugs” that are raised blocks of tread designed to channel snow, ice, slush or water away from the tire’s surface and improve “bite” where traction has been diminished by snow or slush build-up on the road surface. Winter snow tires also have more “sipes, ” or razor-thin grooves within the tread. These “sipes” allow better contact between the tires and wet road surfaces by providing additional biting surface in wet or snowy conditions.
  • Some winter-use tires are designed to allow for the installation of “studs, ” small, sturdy metal pins almost like nail points that can be inserted into the tread. Studs provide increased bite in icy conditions. It’s a good idea to check with your state or municipality to determine whether studs are legal. They can contribute to the deterioration of some road surfaces.

Why do I need to buy winter tires in a full set?

You’ll notice that Pep Boys does not sell snow tires in less than a complete set. The reason for this is that winter tires provide optimal traction in adverse winter conditions the likes of which cannot be replicated by normal all-season tires. It is assumed by many that simply putting two winter tires on the drive axle of a vehicle will deliver the traction and safety needed in winter driving. This is NOT the case. The two winter snow tires would provide unequal grip compared to the non-winter tires. For example, if winter tires were installed on the front axle of a front wheel drive vehicle, the rear of the vehicle could lose traction much sooner in an abrupt turning situation causing oversteer. This could result in a spin out. Pep Boys’ concern for safety dictates that we sell winter tires only in a full set.

Note: Remember to change back to your all-season or summer tires when snow and ice come to an end. Using your winter tires in warm, dry conditions can wear them out prematurely.

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.

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?

2002-12-24 18:55:45 by d

From snow covered New Mexico

Thought you'd enjoy this its pretty funny. I got it from a friend in Seattle who's a bit of an imp.
Subject: Parking Ticket
I went to the store last night, and I was in there for
only about 5 minutes. When I came out there was a damn
motorcycle cop writing a parking ticket. So I went up
to him and said, "Come on, buddy, how about
giving a girl a break?"
He ignored me and continued writing the ticket. So I
called him a pencil necked Nazi. He glared at me and
started writing another ticket for my car having worn
tires! So I called him a piece of horse s**t

2007-09-02 19:37:29 by JAMeCK-Engineering

Watch for Waves on 520

I remember crossing I-90 during heavier waves and having one crash up against the bridge and spray onto the deck. That was in a car. I can only imagine what it might be like on a motorcycle.
In general, the weather around here doesn't get too nasty for a motorcycle (depending on your tolerance for cold and wet). That is, over here it will rain and be cold, while the east side of the mountains will tend to get more ice and snow during the winter. That's one reason why people have such a bad time driving when it does snow - they don't remember how to do it.
I tend to watch channel 13 in the morning

2006-05-02 00:33:32 by Frank1234

Don't do it for the money

You will probably not save money by getting a motorcycle for commuting, especially if you get a motorcycle IN ADDITION to your car.
Tires wear out much more quickly, especially the rear, and can be pricey. Maintenance, insurance, gear (which you SHOULD wear!), helmet, extras (farkels), modifications, license, etc. etc.
That said, with an 80-mile commute, I save about 4 gallons per day I commute by bike x $3.10 = $12 per day. On the whole, I presume I spend more than if I never got a motorcycle and drove my minivan. You also have some concerns: does it rain (YES, you can ride in the rain, but with proper gear)? Snow? Ice? Do you have a secure place to parK? Do you need to carry more than you can on a bike?
But on the bike, I enjoy the ride to work, usually get there quicker,...

Superwinch Superwinch 1130220 LT3000ATV 12 VDC winch 3,000lbs/1360kg with roller fairlead, mount plate, handlebar rocker switch, and handheld remote
Automotive Parts and Accessories (Superwinch)
  • Rated line pull of 3, pounds
  • Roller fairlead and mounting plate
  • Sealed low amperage permanent magnet motor
  • Includes both handle bar mounted rocker switch and handheld remote
  • Mechanical and dynamic brake
Shinko Shinko 540 Series Tire - Rear - 90/100-16, Position: Rear, Tire Size: 90/100-16, Rim Size: 16, Tire Type: Offroad, Tire Application: Mud/Snow XF87-4311
Automotive Parts and Accessories (Shinko)
  • NOTE - SAFETY WARNING: For information on tire care, safety, maintenance, mounting, manufacturers warranty and other information consult tire manufacturers publication(s)...
  • For extremely soft terrain (mud/sand)
  • Wide spaced knobs shed mud quickly
  • Tall aggressive tread pattern for increased traction in the nastiest conditions
Kenda Kenda K538 Executioner Aggressive Mud/Snow Rear Tire - 25x10-12/--
Automotive Parts and Accessories (Kenda)
  • Meets the demands of some of the most aggressive 4x4 terrain
  • New tread design for deep traction even in the muddiest conditions
  • Reinforced knobs to reduce knob rollover at low pressure, improves ride comfort and increases tread life
  • Dimpled tread surface for improved traction on dryer conditions
  • 6-ply rating with a new 22 casing for increased puncture resistance and improved handling

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