Zig Zagging for warming up your rubber

I have always believed it’s silly on street tyres to zig zag for warming them up, but I still see people doing it at all times. Especially guys on sports bikes.

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To be honest with you it is quite stupid to do that. The best way to warm up rubber is by simply riding on them. Street tyres are not that good as to be warmed by a bit of zig-zagging on any road.

But guys do it all the times, because they don’t quite know it’s a bit useless, or because they think it’s cool.

The drawback here is what I saw last Friday. I went up Ronda’s road, btw the best road for motorcycles in the world, when I decided I had to go down because my fingers were simply freezing.

Going down through the heavy traffic I found a small group of riders on sports bikes going up, and one of them was zig-zagging on the road to warm up the rubber on the tyres, something impossible on such an icy weather. Sunny Spain gets snowy on the mountains ranges in winter.

The thing is that one of these guys suddenly fell off the bike… how? zig-zagging for no  reason other than doing foolish things which don’t work, and he fell as the back wheel drifted violently.

He was lucky despite the high side, and nothing too bad happened to him. Leathers and impact protection prevented him from being badly injured and after some stifle breathing he went back to normal while waiting for the tow truck to pick his bike up.

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3 thoughts on “Zig Zagging for warming up your rubber

  1. I couldn’t agree more. When I used to race TZ-350’s we had to warm up the slicks because you needed grip right off the line. But that’s a useless practice in road tires. If you’re that worried about traction, put trials tyres on your bike. And learn to ride like Toni Bou 🙂

    (The Japanese moped race was hilarious! Of course, the Repsol guys won!

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    • Riding like the great Toni Bou is not a matter of tyres, I wish it was only that hehehe

      Slick tyres need to be warmed up before racing as they’re made of different materials and they actually allow that. However, if street tyres were like those we would have to change then even more often than we do now, which wouldn’t be fair.

      The problem is kids pretending they’re professionals, bad combination.

      Thank you for your thoughts Dangerspouse, as usual your comments make this blog much better!

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      • Well thank you, that’s very generous of you to say. Much obliged 🙂

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