gfl61 Posted January 3, 2011 Report Share Posted January 3, 2011 I've now read through the posts regarding tires and still have a very specific question about tire temperature. I have some limited experience in the car road racing world and tire temperature across the width of the tire is used as a guide for alignment angles and for pressure settings. Now I know that the alignment angle is a moot point on motorcycles but tire pressure was also used to help adjust the distribution of temperature uniformly across the width of the tire and the running temperature of the tire was very important. It's been a while but I seem to remember a range of 170 to 210 degrees F being good and 220 - 230 being too high. I can see the pressure within the motorcycle tire being used to "set the width" of the contact patch if you will, sacrificing stability for traction for instance, but what about the running temperature of the tire? Does any motorcycle tire manufacturer publish what temperature a particular tire's temp should be for optimal use? (Racing teams seem to care about this information as witnessed by the application of an array of IR temp sensors on the swing arm and presumably the on the front fork to gather tire temp data.) Additionally, what exactly is meant by "stability"? How does the rider quantify a stable verses an unstable tire? Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions on this topic. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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