Runnin’ the Skinnies


Something to think about.  Everybody building an electric motorcycle I’ve ever talked to is overwhelmingly concerned with getting as much efficiency as possible, right?  $200 HID headlights to save a couple of watts, streamlining, LED blinkers…  it’s a major focus when you’re making build decisions.

How about the tires?

Do you ride a bicycle?  Would you ever consider trying to ride a touring bicycle with Patty-Fat-Tire tires on it?  Of course not, not when you’re the machine making the machine go.  Why would you run huge, fat tires on an electric motorcycle, then?

Check out this story on one of the interesting developments in tire technology: The Skinny on Tall Thin Tires, via Modern Tire Dealer.  And tell me again why this makes sense:


…and keep those tips and links coming, Warren!


3 responses to “Runnin’ the Skinnies

  1. Because eletric motorcycles still don’t tour well (unless you’re Terry) and fat tires look cool. 😉

    Seriously though, most motorcycles aren’t aerodynamic at all, so let’s throw that reason right out unless you’re rocking a vetter fender. Thin tires are lighter, but not by enough to make a huge difference on most motorcycles. And I was under the impression that traditional motorcycle tires were designed so only a narrow strip of the rubber had contact with the road anyway and the wide design was to allow for lean angle. Am I wrong on that? Because if that’s true, it doesn’t sound like you’re getting a lot of advantages with a narrower tire and you could be limiting the lean angle of the motorcycle.

    Experimenting with larger tire diameters would be interesting, though. It sounds like a larger diameter would result in better grip in wet conditions.

  2. My first foray into electric bicycles was an old Huffy cruiser with SLA batteries. I started with the the stock whitewall balloon tires and ended up with an eight-mile range. It took very little time to destroy those. I went to a tire 1″ narrower and capable of holding up to 70lbs. of air pressure. With that single change, the bike went to a 9.4 mile range.

    Skinny tires all the way!


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