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  • Fat Tom Posts: 108
    WA Wheatbelt
    Stock Poster Fat Tom
    16 May 2018 10:05 AM
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    hey, guys here's a pic of my front wheel on my fatty. It has noticeable extra wear on the RH side to the extent where it is almost like a plane has been taken to it. The previous tyre was the same and this one is now 8000km old, Ive been told this is normal because of the camber on the road but I'm wondering if there could be a mechanical side to this as well such as front suspension. Would love to hear your thoughts and experiences as the way it's going I'll only get another 1 or 2 thousand km before having to change out. I rode a lot of smaller Jap bikes when I was younger and never had this issue
  • keith Posts: 1612
    Perth West Aust {SOR}
    Motor Head keith
    16 May 2018 10:17 AM
    Have you ever changed [new] the wheel bearing Tom ?
  • Fat Tom Posts: 108
    WA Wheatbelt
    Stock Poster Fat Tom
    16 May 2018 10:43 AM
    No bike is coming up to 40k maybe when the tyre is off next Ill change it. Last time I checked bearing was fine and I'm not hearing any noises etc. 
  • keith Posts: 1612
    Perth West Aust {SOR}
    Motor Head keith
    16 May 2018 11:17 AM

    When you start hearing noises is a bit late, process of elimination, preventive maintained always is the cheap option. IMO.

    Good luck with your trouble shooting.

  • FLHuTChU Posts: 3169
    Newcastle NSW
    Forum Legend FLHuTChU
    16 May 2018 06:26 PM
    Didn't Mickles tyre just do this same thing?
  • paulybronco Posts: 9788
    Forum Legend paulybronco
    16 May 2018 06:40 PM
    Not sure but read somewhere about the offset on some models and a fatboy was one of them.
  • ryno_0000 Posts: 258
    SE QLD
    Stage 1 Poster ryno_0000
    16 May 2018 07:14 PM
    Ive had the same wear on all my tyres. The camber coupled with right turns being a longer distance than left leads to this happening.
  • paulybronco Posts: 9788
    Forum Legend paulybronco
    16 May 2018 08:11 PM
    Posted by ryno_0000 on 16 May 2018 07:14 PM
    Ive had the same wear on all my tyres. The camber coupled with right turns being a longer distance than left leads to this happening.

     Ummm help me out here.....if you had a circle and you went left first for a full rotation then changed direction which way would be the longer distance?

  • steelo Posts: 1875
    Adelaide foothills SA
    Motor Head steelo
    16 May 2018 08:31 PM
    Left hand turns around a city block is shorter. 
  • robnicko Posts: 214
    vic
    Stock Poster robnicko
    16 May 2018 08:40 PM
    the offset Pauly mentioned, you should know easily if your bike has it by looking at the gap between the forks and guard from the front. It has something to do with when the 200mm rear was introduced I think
    It was corrected in 08 I believe.  Not sure if that is the main cause though
  • keith Posts: 1612
    Perth West Aust {SOR}
    Motor Head keith
    16 May 2018 08:41 PM
    Posted by FLHuTChU on 16 May 2018 04:26 PM
    Didn't Mickles tyre just do this same thing?

     Yep Hutch, Darwin to Busselton tyre shot, camber and turn theory out the door on that leg, he was going into GSMC Albany to get a new tyre and do the wheel bearings, didn't here the out come of it. 

  • brucefxdl Posts: 808
    south west victoria
    Performance Poster brucefxdl
    16 May 2018 09:36 PM
    Posted by FLHuTChU on 16 May 2018 06:26 PM
    Didn't Mickles tyre just do this same thing?

     he did,darwin to perth i think was the distance.

    is perth after or before busselton? thought i was out a bit.cheers

  • ryno_0000 Posts: 258
    SE QLD
    Stage 1 Poster ryno_0000
    16 May 2018 10:32 PM
    Posted by paulybronco on 16 May 2018 08:11 PM
    Posted by ryno_0000 on 16 May 2018 07:14 PM
    Ive had the same wear on all my tyres. The camber coupled with right turns being a longer distance than left leads to this happening.

     Ummm help me out here.....if you had a circle and you went left first for a full rotation then changed direction which way would be the longer distance?

      As with what steelo said. The length of right hand corners when riding in cities/suburbs etc leads to more wear on the RHS of our tyres. Opposite occurs in the US etc. 

  • VirtualT Posts: 233
    Yanchep
    Stock Poster VirtualT
    16 May 2018 11:15 PM
    Posted by ryno_0000 on 16 May 2018 08:32 PM
    Posted by paulybronco on 16 May 2018 08:11 PM
    Posted by ryno_0000 on 16 May 2018 07:14 PM
    Ive had the same wear on all my tyres. The camber coupled with right turns being a longer distance than left leads to this happening.

     Ummm help me out here.....if you had a circle and you went left first for a full rotation then changed direction which way would be the longer distance?

      As with what steelo said. The length of right hand corners when riding in cities/suburbs etc leads to more wear on the RHS of our tyres. Opposite occurs in the US etc. 

     

    I never knew that. Makes sense, especially in a place like Perth where theres roundabouts at every fucking intersection.

  • ryno_0000 Posts: 258
    SE QLD
    Stage 1 Poster ryno_0000
    16 May 2018 11:20 PM
    Posted by VirtualT on 16 May 2018 11:15 PM
    Posted by ryno_0000 on 16 May 2018 08:32 PM
    Posted by paulybronco on 16 May 2018 08:11 PM
    Posted by ryno_0000 on 16 May 2018 07:14 PM
    Ive had the same wear on all my tyres. The camber coupled with right turns being a longer distance than left leads to this happening.

     Ummm help me out here.....if you had a circle and you went left first for a full rotation then changed direction which way would be the longer distance?

      As with what steelo said. The length of right hand corners when riding in cities/suburbs etc leads to more wear on the RHS of our tyres. Opposite occurs in the US etc. 

     

    I never knew that. Makes sense, especially in a place like Perth where theres roundabouts at every fucking intersection.

     Yeah I made the same enquiry years ago when I first got my bike. Was worried until I was set straight, its out their as you could almost pit a straight egdge across my tyre wear its on the piss. 

  • keith Posts: 1612
    Perth West Aust {SOR}
    Motor Head keith
    16 May 2018 11:38 PM
    Posted by brucefxdl on 16 May 2018 07:36 PM
    Posted by FLHuTChU on 16 May 2018 06:26 PM
    Didn't Mickles tyre just do this same thing?

     he did,darwin to perth i think was the distance.

    is perth after or before busselton? thought i was out a bit.cheers

     Couple of hundred south. Not many roundabouts on that leg of the ride.

  • mickle Posts: 1828
    Meadow Heights Victoria
    Motor Head mickle
    17 May 2018 06:11 AM
    Don't listen to the Camber bullshit, we all rode side by side and only the Fatboys tyre wore on the right side, when I 
    had the new tyre fitted at Hidden Valley Harley it felt like a truck not sure what they did, was guessing it was just the feel
    of the new Commander 2, it wasn't, I fitted a new Commander 2 and wheel bearings, adjusted headstem bearings at Great Southern Albany
    and now 3,oookms latter it still looks brand new. I am guessing the fucked up the install and bearing adjustment in Darwin.
  • brucefxdl Posts: 808
    south west victoria
    Performance Poster brucefxdl
    17 May 2018 07:01 PM
    Posted by keith on 16 May 2018 11:38 PM
    Posted by brucefxdl on 16 May 2018 07:36 PM
    Posted by FLHuTChU on 16 May 2018 06:26 PM
    Didn't Mickles tyre just do this same thing?

     he did,darwin to perth i think was the distance.

    is perth after or before busselton? thought i was out a bit.cheers

     Couple of hundred south. Not many roundabouts on that leg of the ride.

     thanks keith....i'd think you would have to a lot of laps of a roundabout to get that sort of wear,probably get giddy and fall over before the wear set in.....lol

  • Fat Tom Posts: 108
    WA Wheatbelt
    Stock Poster Fat Tom
    17 May 2018 08:47 PM
    thanks guys I think Ill do the steering head and wheel bearings next tyre change and see if it makes a difference. 
  • chriso Posts: 2647
    south canberra
    Forum Legend chriso
    17 May 2018 10:05 PM
    It’s the taper of  the rd, most taper from the centre out. If we rode on the right hand side of the road over here the wear would be on the left side of tyre.
    Is nothing whatsoever to do with the bike. 
    If you don’t believe, have you ever seen this wear happen on the left side of a tyre... anyone? didn’t think so

    I’m guessing it don’t always happen because of softer and harder compound tyres, maybe as in Mick’s case once he changed brands.
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