30 – Happy Veterans Day

Talking about Tires.

Tires matter. They wear whether you ride a lot or not. they can get hard, soft and bald like an old man. That is an inside old man joke. If I was a comedian I could do something with that.

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Veterans Day 2014


This national holiday was originally celebrated in 1918 as Armistice day. and regarded as the end of the war to end all war talking about WWI. An Act  approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” which stated: “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose.


Let’s Talk Tire

For new riders, as long as the tires are on the bike, we are good with that. but there is more to it than that. I want to try to give you some information about tires even though I can’t show you on this podcast but show you through the videos on the show notes for episode 30. Fair enough?

Rubber is the only thing separating you, the motorcyclist, from the road, and a visual inspection of your tires before every ride is a good habit that shouldn’t take much time. Maintaining proper tire pressure is also an important part of bike maintenance, and you should check your pressure once a week.

Look for any signs of punctures which might potentially lead to a loss of pressure or a blowout. Bulging or cracking might also occur on old tires; make sure you roll your bike forward in order to see all surface areas that come in contact with the road.

Tire pressure is especially crucial on motorcycles, and handling and ride quality can change dramatically with small adjustments. Tires also wear more quickly when they’re not properly inflated, adding yet another reason to check tire pressure regularly.

The best time to check tire pressure is before you start riding while the tires are cool; once the bike is in motion, tire temperatures warm up, which changes the density and pressure of the air inside.

After checking tire pressure, inflate them using compressed air until they reach the recommended pressure. If they’re over-inflated, simply bleed them by depressing the center of the Schrader valve until they are properly inflated.

Always use your owner’s manual for recommended PSI levels. If you’re using non-standard tire sizes on your bike, go by the pressure figures printed on the sidewall.

The rule of thumb is to use a a quarter, to see how deep the tread is. technically its 1/32” in depth. when placed within the tread groove, there’s enough tire tread to extend past the top of Washington’s head. If it doesn’t, it’s probably time to replace your tire.

If you have a used bike, make sure of the type of tires you have are right for your bike. Sport bikers really need to pay attention to their rubber because you guys roll to the extremes. I’m not picking on you brothers and sisters I just have survived longer than you so I am trying to throw some of that wisdom back. You might have just bought a sweet ride from a dude that used to do burnouts habitually. You know the guy, cut chick shows up and there he goes, making with the poisonous toxic smoke as she walks near, wasting away his $200 tires. you feel me?

Some buying a used sport bike may have gotten race track tires, or something without a lot of water displacement in exchange for speed.

Cruiser guys, harley guys, same thing for you. if you are buying a used bike, the previous owner may have gotten some cool looking chrome low profile rims that don’t ride the same as the factory or may have ridden for a long time on under inflated tires causing bad wear.

If you haven’t actually looked at your tire with a critical eye before, go check it out this week if it in your garage. Cause the weather is too cold for you.

let me know if you can find that section of letters and numbers on the side. You know they mean something right? I know, just messing with you experienced riders.

For the new folks, there are some indicators printed on the rubber to help you understand stuff.

The numbers usually mean, make, tire width, aspect ratio, speed rating, type of tire and size of tire.

The DOT code on the sidewall, which reveals the date of manufacture. You really don’t want to put an old tire on your bike, even if it’s, “Brand-new”. The compound hardens as it ages, just sitting on the tire rack.

Did you know that there is a direction arrow for which way the tire should be mounted? It’s a circle how can it be backwards? Tread patterns.

Are your tires tubeless or have a tube?
What’s the load rating gold-wing riders? Should you eat that apple berry muffin today and ride?

If you buy new tires, do you know that there is a break in period? You should ride pretty cautiously on new tires till you get the scuffs in the right place. Its like wearing new shoes on carpet. It is easier to moonwalk with new shoes that old ones. Nobody moonwalks anymore do they? Well hopefully you won’t bust your ass with new tires smarty pants.


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Here’s the stats for the show so far.  Someone asked.

November 2,732
October 9,136
September 3,702
All Time 29,686

Here’s the guy I featured on the show.


Here’s Anthony of RevZilla.com  talking tires.  These dude can talk.  Good info.

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One thought on “30 – Happy Veterans Day

  1. Hey Ken, I recently found your podcast and have enjoyed much of what you’ve shared with us out here in cyberland!! I was kind of thinking that when you were talking tires, that you should qualify a statement that you made about the correct pressure to run. The manufacturer of the motorcycle will give the correct pressure for the weight and design of the bike on the stock original equipment tires. The pressure given on the tire sidewall by the tire manufacturer may or may not be the right pressure for your specific motorcycle. Since tires are made for a variety of motorcycles, it’s always best to refer to the specific info from your motocycle’s manufacturer so that you are operating with the pressure that the manufacturer engineered your bike to perform with.

    I enjoy listening!! Ride safe and keep up the good work brother!!

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