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Old 12-12-2006, 09:57 AM   #11
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Default Re: Compensating for Skinny Front Tire

An old biker trick to compensate for a skinny front tire is to mount 36-inch ape-hangers.



This makes it nearly impossible to apply any kind of leverage to the front brake lever, which helps prevent front wheel lockup.



And it looks so kewl, who cares if you can't stop?
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Old 12-12-2006, 10:09 AM   #12
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Default Re: Narrow Tire and Braking

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Old 12-12-2006, 10:46 AM   #13
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Default Re: Front Tire Width And Braking Power?

For many materials, you're right that the contact surface area doesn't affect how much friction is available; the coefficient of friction and normal force are the only relavent parameters.



Tires are different though, as the rubber creates "micro-grips" with the road, effectively increasing the coefficient of frictions with increasing contact surface area. At least that's how it was explained to me...I'm a rocket scientist and not a tire expert so take that for what it's worth.
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Old 12-12-2006, 12:00 PM   #14
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Default Re: Narrow Tire and Braking

What?!



Say it ain't so, Gabe! Say it ain't SO!!!!
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Old 12-12-2006, 12:02 PM   #15
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Default Re: Front Tire Width And Braking Power?

Well, NASA HAS had a few, shall we say "less than successful launches" in the last few years..........



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Old 12-12-2006, 12:18 PM   #16
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You have to. Ask yer wife.
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Old 12-12-2006, 02:12 PM   #17
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" can use softer (more sticky) compunds to give you decent tire life with better traction."

Are you saying softer tires give you more tire life. Mr. CrusiersHaveBetterBrakes?
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Old 12-12-2006, 02:19 PM   #18
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Default Really? It ain't the tool theory.

Ok I say MO should prove that theory. i.e that a heavy cruiser with less sticky tires can stop faster than lighter sportbike with sticky tires.... Maybe the ordinary rider can't stop quicker. But ask Matt Mladin which bike he would like to use in an emergency stop. Mladin is the only racer I trust to give an honest opinion. i.e. he cares less about saying the politically correct thing. I don't see how a Honda Shadow with rear drum and hard tires can outstop a modern 600 with double disks on the front and sticky tires. The limitation is the rider not the tool..
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Old 12-12-2006, 02:19 PM   #19
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See my proper response below.
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Old 12-12-2006, 03:29 PM   #20
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In that case, I guess we know what my input is worth...
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