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The fine folks at BCM are shodding my 99 Supersport with new sport-touring Michelins.

We all know the deal with new tires. Slippery, first millimeter of tread has oil, etc, etc.

Here's my question: Has anyone taken sandpaper to their new tires before they ride off? Just a little scuffing up of the tread? Or is there another method? A rub down with some liquid that cuts the oil?

Should I even be worried, or is this urban myth?

Just wondering.

Joe Grant
NYC, NY
 
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Re: New Tires... (JAGrantJr)

Here's an idea: Ask Bruce.

I would say just go easy on things for the first 75 miles or so and gradually work your way onto the sides.
 
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Re: New Tires... (JAGrantJr)

Urban myth, there is no oil on tires when new, maybe some mold release, but it's not oil. You don't need to scuff a tire with sandpaper, just go easy until it's up to temp and then progressively get farther over. I try to find some place like a brushed concrete on ramp to really get a good scuff on them when new. It doesn't take but a handful of miles.
 
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