Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Lexington, South Carolina, USA
Armor All is not a good thing for tires.
Coming back today from our ride a real nice Ford 350 pulled up beside me, this guy takes care of his truck, it is clean, shined and spotless. Thing is I noticed the tires were all checked on the sides almost like weather checks, but in a more irregular pattern.
I have seen this previously on tires where people use armor all on the tires to shine the tire and blacken it. Somehow it reacts with something, maybe the additives put in the tire to combat UV ? Have no idea but know it does effect the tire compound.
However it is not uncommon on the smaller bikes for the tires to not want to set to the rim without pressure, I have even had to put a tie down strap around them and ratchet it down to expand the tire against the rim enough to get it to seat , just to get air in them.
You might double check the tire size, could be one size narrow, that sometimes causes that too.
I have no idea why they ship tires like that with the straps cutting into the leading edge of the bead. Most of the time though it is only on the very leading edge and does not cross the main bead.
The 1800 is my bike. The very best motorcycle ever made. I was enthralled with my first test ride on this machine. It is a great bike. A crotch rocket with storage bags.............As for oil I use the slick kind, and I like round tires, but as of late I have found square ones work best on the rear. Pirelli Eufori 195/55/16 @ 32 PSI