How to Properly Warm Up Your Tyres for Track Day 17/03/2020
Warming up your tyres is crucial for getting the most out of your riding experience. Regardless of whether you’re a beginner, an intermediate or a professional, it

Warming up your tyres is crucial for getting the most out of your riding experience. Regardless of whether you’re a beginner, an intermediate or a professional, it will help you to hit high speeds, maneuver efficiently and most importantly, stay safe. Follow the tyre marks below and you’ll soon know what it takes to prepare for the race track so you can clock your best times. 

Step 1

The first thing you’ll want to do is figure out which tyres you actually have, as different types can impact the amount of time that it takes to properly warm up the surface material. For instance, a road or treaded tyre will be ready much faster than a racing slick tyre, which will take considerably longer in comparison.  

Step 2

Next up, it’s all about thinking about which of your tyres you want to warm up first, the front or the back. We recommend heating the rear tyres first, as this reduces oversteer - an issue where the tyres don’t optimally grip the track.

Step 3

Now we get to warming up the tyres themselves. To do this, riders will need to use a method of accelerating and breaking over and over again to increase temperature and create more flexibility in the carcass of the tyre. Note, leaning forward will bring weight to the front of your bike and subsequently work the front tyres, while leaning back will shift weight to the rear and target the back tyres. Keep in mind that accelerating and breaking in this way can cause deterioration over time.  

Bonus step

Riders can also use tyre warmers on their bike, which is another form of preparation. To be effective, tyre warmers need to be used at least an hour before hitting the track. The good news is that they don’t cause any damage. 

Techniques that don’t work

Weaving

Weaving is when a rider swerves back and forth to warm up the tires and scuff up the treads. It’s something that you may have seen on TV prior to a race. The reason why this is ineffective is because the overall temperature of the tyre doesn’t increase enough to be significant. Weaving can also lead to cornering grip prematurely.  



Scrubbing

Scrubbing is when you scuff the tread surface with the intention of creating better grip with the track. This used to be an effective technique, however, nowadays it isn’t because manufacturers no longer use a mould release compound in their tyres. 

A final tip

Warming up your tyres comes down to more than just hitting the right temperature reading. It’s about how your bike feels on the track too. What do we mean by this? Well, over time, you’ll be able to tell whether or not you are good to go based on how well you are breaking, accelerating and taking turns.  

Expert training and professional advice

The California Superbike School can help if you’re looking to take your riding ability to the next level. Our on track sessions boast a ratio of 1 coach to every 3 students and are guaranteed to improve your performance. Contact us today to book your place by calling 0456 005 554 or send an email to info@superbikeschool.com.au.  




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