Pushing the front tire? HELP!!

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I have a F4 that I seem to ride a little harder than I prob. should. What I have noticed is that I am really wearing the crap out of the front tire more than any other bike I have ever owned ...(gsxr1000, Aprilia Mille, just to name a few)I seem to push the tire to the very edge and chew the crap out of it. Should I change my rear tire to a 180 instead of a 190? I have pushed the tire tice now and that scares the sh!t out of me. I would hate to lowside this bike. Would another brand be better? I have Pirelli Dragon Evo on there now.

-- Brian (brianbriguy187@msn.com), September 13, 2004


The MV is very front heavy so they do tend to wear the fronts quicker, but that's what gives you the super accurate steering.

A 180 rear makes the bike a little nicer to lean, but I don't see it making much difference to front wear rates.

Look on the bright side, I bet the rears last longer than the other bikes you mentioned, and rears cost more generally.

-- Craig (craig_whiteway@hotmail.com), September 13, 2004.

I had the same problem, I decreased the compression damping on the front 4 clicks it worked for me

-- jacob (jaapdeurloo@zeelandnet.nl), September 13, 2004.

Yo! Perfect styling also comes perfect handling. What more can you ask from MV Agusta? Yes, the front tends to wear compared to other bikes. Of course, this only happens if you ride it hard, get what I mean??? You can also adjust the rake of the bike, the dampers are helpful too, or the front suspesion compression ratio. You can also play with the rear suspension to get what you wanted in riding since everyone has different riding styles. I heard that changing the rear tire into 180 from 190 gives the bike more feel. I know what you meant that it scares the hell out of you when you lean it left or right during cornering or during on a nice long sweeper. Don't forget your balls he he he

-- AJ (adiviso@hotmail.com), September 13, 2004.

Sizes on the front tire are a consideration. Really, you should not consider anything less then a 65 on the front. I currently use a 70 series on the front with no interference, but I am pretty light weight, about 160 lbs and I am not an insane braker. It sounds like you ride pretty aggresively. If you go to a 180 rear, you do have to be careful of the the smaller rear tire building up too much heat, especially coming out of corners under heavy throttle. By raising the rear of the bike OR lowering the front, you will end up using less of the front tire sidewall. Check your rear tire wear as well. Remember that by raising the rear, you reduce the rake of the front forks and speed up the steering. This makes it feel even lighter then it already is. In addition, this will reduce your rear wheel traction! It will not be a problem as long as you have good throttle control. I hope that this helps.

-- Cali-Kane (mvagusta@sbcglobal.net), September 14, 2004.

1st. what kind of push is it, does the front try and walk away from you with a light feeling, or does it push with the feeling of folding under? What tire pressures do you use, is this happening on the local track days or on the street. on the throttle or off? What sag numbers are you getting front and rear, and what are the clickers set at. Then you can get a really accurate reason as to why your forkin' over the $$$ for tires...

-- joshua b (jbartnik@racetech.com), September 23, 2004.

I find mine is very sensitive to tyre preasures particularly when cold. Has a tendancy to wander and tip in when cold when the preasure is only a cople of PSI low. As the preasure rises with use generated heat then this feeling goes, that's when I know I'm overdue checking the preasures.

-- Mark M (m.magenis@btinternet.com), September 24, 2004.

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