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post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-03-2012, 08:37 AM
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Used to ride a VTX1300. ALWAYS worn the LH side of the front tire out first. Somehow I believe it's the nature of the beast. Not enough wear on my VV to determine if this bike will do the same.

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post #12 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-03-2012, 09:23 AM
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Also, makes me wonder if this bike had a previous owner and it was laid down...
This comment is irrelevant to the issue discussed here, it's very rude to deviate the attencion to the problem indicated.
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I think it could/would, but any time my rear wheel alignment has been off any appreciable amount I've felt it in the bars, needing to compensate more one way or the other/work harder to keep the bike going straight.
Thanks. No issues with handling or feel. I think it's just the nature of the roads & left turns longer.

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Fun fact!

It's been proven (or at least suggested with some evidence to back it up) that riders tend to lean farther on one end than the other. A 'dominant' side if you will. They've found that riders might take a left hand turn down to the pegs regularly, but are a little more hesitant on right hand turns, or vice versa. Perhaps it has something to do with training ourselves in cages to swing right turns a little wider, or just something to do with the fact that we each have a dominant eye and dominant hand!

Either way, for some, it can be more severe than others. Consciously think about it but try not to change your riding patterns, do you think you maybe lean farther into one type of turn than another?

I've seen this issue and threads like this before. There was an article in MCN that showed pictures similar to yours they claimed were due to riders who turned much harder / leaned much farther on one side.

It could also be just the way roads are built, or something else entirely, but the idea makes sense. When I think about it, I can take a left turn a little quicker than I can a right... or maybe I'm just imagining it, who knows? But it's something to think about.

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This comment is irrelevant to the issue discussed here, it's very rude to deviate the attencion to the problem indicated.
I'll prove you wrong! My previous bike was laid down. It had only a few scrapes on it and everything seemed to be fine otherwise. It was my first bike!

I bought and had a few weeks until I noticed the handle bars were crooked. Apparently there was more to previous owners wreck than I was able to see... orignially.

A wrecked bike can indeed cause uneven tire wear.
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Fun fact!

It's been proven (or at least suggested with some evidence to back it up) that riders tend to lean farther on one end than the other. A 'dominant' side if you will. They've found that riders might take a left hand turn down to the pegs regularly, but are a little more hesitant on right hand turns, or vice versa. Perhaps it has something to do with training ourselves in cages to swing right turns a little wider, or just something to do with the fact that we each have a dominant eye and dominant hand!

Either way, for some, it can be more severe than others. Consciously think about it but try not to change your riding patterns, do you think you maybe lean farther into one type of turn than another?

I've seen this issue and threads like this before. There was an article in MCN that showed pictures similar to yours they claimed were due to riders who turned much harder / leaned much farther on one side.

It could also be just the way roads are built, or something else entirely, but the idea makes sense. When I think about it, I can take a left turn a little quicker than I can a right... or maybe I'm just imagining it, who knows? But it's something to think about.
That's why I suggested in my post that the OP was probably right-handed. Also the reason most race tracks are set to left hand turns. Most right-handers want to naturally turn left than right.

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That's why I suggested in my post that the OP was probably right-handed. Also the reason most race tracks are set to left hand turns. Most right-handers want to naturally turn left than right.
Yep, I am right handed. Haven't noticed turning either way is any different (comfortable either direction, had to when I learned to race motorcycles back in the 80's). What I have noticed, the roads where I ride tend to have a pretty good crown in them and I have to lean a bit left to stay straight. In any case I have a new tire and will keep it inflated to 38psi as recommended.

Hope it cools down a bit more so I can go break in the new tire.

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I too have a front tire that is more worn on the left side but I know for a fact that I lean more on the left turns.
Plus I've been doing a lot of obstacle course training. Looks like a need to replace them with 8300 miles on them.
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On my 800b, my origanal tire did the same thing, so much so that a guy asked if "I did any Nascar racing with it. Hasnt happened since, at least not as much or noticeable. ran recommened pressure in it, since have been running 40psi. In the USA, since we drive on the right side, we also tend to slow down more for right hand turns, thus the tire dont fight as hard for traction, wearing less on right hand turns. Just my opinion.
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