How Do You Trust Your Tires? You Don’t!

Fast Eddie
PO Box 90444
San Diego, CA 92169
Fast Eddie
PO Box 90444
San Diego, CA 92169


Paul Hinman says:

I feel like this topic means something different to a lot of people than you may realize. I’ve been riding for 4+ years and I’m very cautious and frankly terrified of the whole thing, for example I’ve never popped a wheelie. I own several bikes but they are lower powered vintage restorations except for my ZRX. When I am on the 163 S. on ramp coming from the 805 I slow way down because I don’t know that the tires not going to slip right out from under me on a basic freeway curve, which is probably engineered for 200mph. This makes me tense, frightened, unable to plan a line, and scared that I can’t see the full width of the lane as it curves ahead and away from me because I don’t know that my tires will hold me if the turn sharpens or I don’t know what. I have to trust the tires to do their job and understand where the bike will slip out like you see in all the wipeout videos. I have no idea when that would happen, I’m certainly not going to crank the throttle mid turn, but I don’t even know that just coasting through a corner won’t slide out either. I don’t know enough to risk my life comfortably. Wait a minute, why do I ride this thing?

Jim Gravante says:

I had an Aha moment attending my 2nd Total Control course about trusting myself. I figured out (with help from instructors) why I didn’t keep my head turning and looking at center cone while going around 40 foot circle. I wasn’t relaxed and not trusting my peripheral vision. When leaned over, It felt like I was going to over steer (if that’s the correct term) and run into the cones in the circle. I kept 50 pencing, UNTIL I relaxed, kept my head turned, maintained a smooth consistant Throttle and my bike went around like it was on rails! I wanted to get off and jump up and down like a little girl (no offense)! What a difference that made to handling corners on the street. One of my main parking lot exercises.

Ian says:

And as we said in the military: “7 P’s”

Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance


Jamil Siddique says:

Another very good video. Actually these are the ones I enjoy watching from. Food discussion points, self challenging. You create a good opportunity or self reflection and break down the argument.

I have GSA LC 2014, also with Anakees. Really impressive tyre. I got something like 20k kms out of a set .

Aleksei Nikolajenko says:

Is that the Oura Ring that you’re wearing on your finger?

blipco5 says:

It’s the rider. Valentino Rossi could wrap his rims with duct tape and still beat you.

Stacy Simpkins says:

Sounds like the only thing to really trust is that you’re riding below your skill level and limits and definitely below the bikes limit. And, to find these limits in an empty Parking Lot. The Harley Davidson Rider Academy lets its graduates use their training lot, which has all sorts of drills painted, etc. That’s where my returning rider butt will be

Thanks for all you do and keep it up.

Robert Houldsworth says:

I think you hit the mark well every time, the topics you cover are great but…. they’re too long. I agree should I trust my tyres…..when I’ve learned how to use them. That’s the message. It’s 5 mins not 18. I like your stuff and think you will influence many riders, but many will give up before the end at which point your strong message is lost. Please keep going but brevity is key!

Mossy Hollow says:

Semper Practice

dillonvillon says:

Good initiative, bad judgement….. heard that plenty of times during training exercises.

7MMirek says:

Perfectly described and lots of advices! Thanks.

HFR83 says:

2nd time in 2 days I’ve heard “echo chamber” used in conversation. Think I’ve found my word of the day

Chad Owen says:

Amen! Thanks for the videos. Keep them coming! I live in Korea (Canadian citizen) and I wish (wish wish wish) that Korean riders had this knowledge about riding. There would be fewer accidents here and we’d have a better reputation as motorcyclists. Keep the videos coming – much appreciated.

Conor Tobin says:

I think this is the thinking that got me to crash a few months back. I thought the way to improve was to just hit the twistieys, and try to push my self past my comfort level just a little bit. (not breaking the speed limit or anything, just increasing my corner entry speeds a little faster than I would normally go. If I felt like I was going too fast in a corner the plan was to just stay calm keep my head up look through the corner keep on the throttle and just trust the bike to carry me through. Probably not bad advice for when you find yourself in a sticky situation. But If you continually place your self in that situation, eventually you’re going to run out of luck, And I did.
I now realize My new found speed was based on Bravado more than actual skill.

Richard Nadapdap says:

Hi fast Eddie, question: how can you tell that your tires need pressure or too much pressure when riding, without checking the tire pressure with any tools. Whats the effect or how does it feel when u are riding with less/too much pressure. Thanks before

Genna G says:

Aye thanks man.

Alan Gaudry says:

Buy Michellin tires ! Oh yeah check the pressure and wear bars.

trog lodyte says:

Play the piano

mike blackford says:

Your 1rst statement said it all…experience…and you get that by DOING. Example: I bought an AR type rifle that uses a rod instead of the traditional gas to operate the bolt. It was an SOB get’n it back together. Once I figured it out I forced myself to disassemble/assemble it 30 times. Kept count on paper. EXPERIENCE! Can’t hold your breath and wish it true. Gota pay them dues.
Semper fi

boseisgood says:

You nailed it Greg! As always, great mix of visual and audible information. I like the way you think and teach.

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