Join Date: Sep 2008
Bikes: Dahon Mu SL 08 / Matrix 08
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Cornering at high speed & Tires...
So to bring some "fun" into the daily commute, i tend to always mimic my driving style but on my bike.
Obviously it'll be near impossible to make the tires squeal like you can on a car or motorcycle during cornering.... except when you break really hard to avoid collision.
But none the less it's still fun to feel the G force in action doing those right hand runs at almost a 90 degree angle.
doing a hard turn at 30km/h entering the corner at your regular biking distance from the curb, aprox 2 to 3 feet, i always get sling shot out to about 1 meter after i exit the corner.
Most time there is not enough space to wheel out to leverage the cornering due all the cars/trucks in the way.
keeping the bike as tilted as possible to the ground without losing contact with the tire, it's quite challenging, any wrong move you end up flipping over to the other side of the road.
Using the racing tires (Kojacks or Sportcontacts), i wouldn't be able to make the same close turn. It slides and both times almost lost control. (Sharp turns are the best way to test tires performance for cornering
) However using Racing Ralphs, it was magnificent and easy as a pie.
Best thing is it can do it the same way on both dirt roads and pavements.
When i was using the Kojacks or Sportcontacts, the tires will just jam in into the dirt (grass) if i missed the pavement when the turn is too wide or too fast.
Personally, i prefer road-off road type of tires, they are usually wide and comfy and rides into the places i like to ride.
My list of favourite tires:
Ice Spiker Pro