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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-05-2012, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
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Angry Two issues; oil light & uneven tire wear

I currently have two issues with my bike.

1) The oil light came on the other night after I started my bike. The oil level is fine, and I'm less than 100 miles away from an oil change. It had rained the night before pretty heavily and the bike sat outside. I've read that the 99 V92cs had plenty of electrical gremlins, did the 01s? Is there any way I can check myself to see if the bike has oil pressure?

2) My front tire has extremely uneven tire wear. The left side of the tire is completely bear, (no visible tread) while the right side looks like it has 400-500 more miles left on it (visible tread). The bike was involved in a 10mph parking lot crash a month or two ago; I picked the bike back up and continued riding. Other than a bent handle bar it seemed to ride fine (no pulling from side to side).

*** The bike sat for nearly 5 years, and in that time the tire had a "flat" spot on the left side of the front tire from where it was resting. Could that have made the tire rotate unevenly perhaps?



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2) My front tire has extremely uneven tire wear. The left side of the tire is completely bear, (no visible tread) while the right side looks like it has 400-500 more miles left on it (visible tread). The bike was involved in a 10mph parking lot crash a month or two ago; I picked the bike back up and continued riding. Other than a bent handle bar it seemed to ride fine (no pulling from side to side)...
Most of the time you ride the bike on a transversely inclined road surface, which makes contact with the tire at an angle of usually 2% slope (sometimes up to 4-5%) when you're riding straight, upright. And since we ride/drive on the right side of the road, this causes more wear on the left side of the tires (both of them, front and rear). This is normal and has nothing to do with the flat spot you have mentioned, nor the parking lot adventure. Happens on all tires, but most of us change the tires before the thread is completely gone, so it goes unnoticed most of the time.

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1) The oil light came on the other night after I started my bike. The oil level is fine, and I'm less than 100 miles away from an oil change. It had rained the night before pretty heavily and the bike sat outside. I've read that the 99 V92cs had plenty of electrical gremlins, did the 01s? Is there any way I can check myself to see if the bike has oil pressure?
Water got into the switch vent, which caused the light to come on. Nothing is broken, and nothing needs fixing. To stop this from happening in the future, you can add a little silicone to the vent hole, avoid leaving the bike in the rain, and always avoid pressure washers.

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Most of the time you ride the bike on a transversely inclined road surface, which makes contact with the tire at an angle of usually 2% slope (sometimes up to 4-5%) when you're riding straight, upright. And since we ride/drive on the right side of the road, this causes more wear on the left side of the tires (both of them, front and rear). This is normal and has nothing to do with the flat spot you have mentioned, nor the parking lot adventure. Happens on all tires, but most of us change the tires before the thread is completely gone, so it goes unnoticed most of the time.
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Water got into the switch vent, which caused the light to come on. Nothing is broken, and nothing needs fixing. To stop this from happening in the future, you can add a little silicone to the vent hole, avoid leaving the bike in the rain, and always avoid pressure washers.
Thanks on both accounts!

The oil light wasn't on today when I started the bike, and I just changed the oil so its all good. I'll put some silicone on it too

I have been putting off changing the tire, I'm looking for somewhere that wont charge me $110 labor for the front tire alone

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$110 labor that is crazy. I would call around. Where are you located? I know it is cheaper than that in our area. Also is that them doing all the work? You can save a few bucks by taking the wheel off the front and taking it somewhere and letting them R&R the tire for you. Also pay to have it balanced,it is worth the extra $$$ for balancing.
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$110 labor that is crazy. I would call around. Where are you located? I know it is cheaper than that in our area. Also is that them doing all the work? You can save a few bucks by taking the wheel off the front and taking it somewhere and letting them R&R the tire for you. Also pay to have it balanced,it is worth the extra $$$ for balancing.
I'm in Madison WI, and that price is if I drop off the bike w/tire at the shop. I know on my old 600rr it cost me around $100 for both the front/rear mount and balance about 100 miles away (back home).

The only issue with me taking off the tire is that I live in an apartment right now, and I dont think I have any way to support the bike while the front wheel is off

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Crossroads,
That's a lot of big words and a very technical way to say uneven tire wear can be caused by crowned roads.

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That's a lot of big words and a very technical way to say uneven tire wear can be caused by crowned roads.
Which words were so big? Sorry about sounding technical - that's the civil engineer in me.

Upon a closer look at the picture in the original post, it appears the uneven wear is higher than what uneven pavement would cause. Which is where the left turn wide turning radius comes in play. In general, our left turns are larger radius, so we take them at higher speed, causing more wear than we do in tighter, slower right turns.

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Riding around on tires that have been sitting on the ground for five years? BAD news Bro......you need to get them BOTH changed before you get yourself hurt

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Riding around on tires that have been sitting on the ground for five years? BAD news Bro......you need to get them BOTH changed before you get yourself hurt
The rear tire was changed out before I started riding, and I honestly never got around to the front. There were no cracks or flaws other than the "slightly" (at the time) flatter spot where it had been resting. I've since put on almost 3k miles. It was sketchy, and very stupid, but whats done is done

That'd being said, I do have one huge 60mph left hand turn on my way to work, and that may have contributed to the uneven wear. I ride the same way to work 6 days a week.

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