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Offline VBui

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Re: Rear Tyre rubbing on the shock linkage
Reply #10 on: September 21, 2020, 08:41:33 PM
Michelin tyres often have this 'strip' near the centre of the tyre, its purpose is to provide path to earth in order to ground out build up of static electricity within the tyre. Sometimes it becomes more visible depending on how aggressive you've been with the centre or its state of wear.

Its probably a feature of the tyres you're running too as I think quite a few tyre manufacturers have adopted the technology.
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Offline AndyFaeLarky

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Re: Rear Tyre rubbing on the shock linkage
Reply #11 on: September 24, 2020, 06:08:38 PM
New set of boots, it was the tyres, rear was about done.

Dunlop Roadsmart 3's fitted today.

Just back from scrubbing them in and no weird marks on the rear tyre.

Thanks for all the comments.


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Re: Rear Tyre rubbing on the shock linkage
Reply #12 on: November 22, 2020, 12:09:27 PM
At first sight it does look like something like a hugger possibly working loose has been scraping along the top of the tyre.  That level of damage should however be matched by significant wear to the hugger so I presume we can rule that out.

Unfortunately that photo does not show the tread depth accross the full width of the tyre, so it is difficult to be certain what the cause may be.

However normally excessive wear along the centre line of a tyre coupled with what appears to be good tread to the sides is a sign that the tyre has been over inflated.  Have you checked you tyre pressure gauge for accuracy against another device - service station air lines are somewhat random?  It can also be the outcome of regular long haul motorway runs which will concentrate wear on the tyre centre and result in a rather squared off tyre profile and will lead to nervous handling.

Of course if you are inclined to light up your rear tyre that would do it too  :001:

Another unknown is how old was that tyre?  There should be a date code somewhere on the sidewall of every tyre.  If it is over 6 years old, it is probably time to replace even if it still has decent tread.

Looking at that wear pattern I am surprised the tyre fitter who replaced that tyre did not at least offer some thoughts on what might have caused it. 

Obviously he is correct in confirming that the tyre was dead and need replacement.  However many professional tyre fitters are incentivised to alert manufacturers if they encounter tyres with potentially worrying faults so they can investigate to see if there is a problem batch.  I wonder if they alerted Dunlop - as that tyre shows a significantly worrying wear pattern which does not inspire confidence especially after only 3,500 miles use.  On my 675 I used to get 10,000 miles on a set of BT21s and 7,000 on BT16s.

Last Edit: November 22, 2020, 12:14:21 PM by MeLostNever