In the never-ending quest for racers to ride faster and smoother, no topic generates more debate among track riders and MotoGP professionals than tires. If you’ve ever seen a first-lap crash on the race track, it’s most likely that the rider had cold tires that weren’t able to grip the pavement - despite their bike’s power, suspension, or exhaust.
Whether you’re using all-purpose tires, sticky road-legal tires, or slicks, it’s crucial to have warm tires that can maximize your bike’s performance at every turn. And that’s where tire warmers come in.
Aren’t tire warmers just for pro-racers and track days?
Nope. Tire warmers are for anyone who wants to ride faster, smoother, and with more confidence. Plus, they help you save money by extending the quality and life of your tires over time. Here’s why:
● Prevent damage: Even if your cold tires don’t send you skittering into the gravel, ‘cold tearing’ from pushing too hard can cause tears and damage to your tires quickly, requiring you to switch them out more often than you need to.
● Quality control: Having the right tire pressures are crucial to consistent handling, which means more laps and faster lap times. Pressures can vary up to 6 psi, which is a difference of around 25 percent. This is a huge difference that can’t be fixed with just a couple of clicks of compression.
● Safety on the road: If you rely on warming up your tires with a handful of cautious laps, you’ll be going slower than you should on a racetrack and be a hazard to yourself and quicker riders who started out with warm rubber. In the racing rulebook, riding too slow is regarded as dangerous, and, for good reason, carries tough penalties. Don’t be a mobile chicane!
Here are a couple of tips for getting the most out of your tire warmers:
● Buy high-quality motorcycle tire warmers that soak your tires with heat all the way through without leaving any cold patches. It should take 30-45 minutes to get them cooked to perfection, including rims, which should feel warm to the touch. The temperature should range from around 55 degrees for road tires to 80 degrees for slicks. To get this heat-soaked effect, select warmers with multiple strands of wire in the heating element that also cover the rims. At the bottom end of the price/quality range, you’ll find a single strand of wire. In the ones worth buying you’ll find up to seven.
● At the end of each session, put your tire warmers back on immediately. This will make sure your tires stay at the optimum temperature all day. When your day is over, put your warmers on without power so that your tires cool down slowly. If you heat them up and cool them down too many times, the grip characteristics will deteriorate and alter your riding experience.
For all the time and money you spend on becoming a better rider, tire warmers are at the top of the list of things that truly make sense. You’ll never be able to calculate how much you don’t spend on crash repairs or torn tires, but the extra confidence and speed you get from knowing your rubber is in optimum condition will make it feel like money well spent every time you exit pit lane.
For over 20 years, Thermal Technology has been manufacturing professional-grade motorcycle tire warmers that take champions past the finish line. Today, Thermal Technology is a global leader in innovation in heating systems and technologies and works with over 100 professional racing teams in MotoGP and Superbike Championships worldwide. In 2021, we officially launched in the United States under “Thermal Tech US” to offer our motorcycle tire warmers at select retail stores and online for both DIY and professional racers.
If you have any questions on motorcycle tire warmers or Thermal Tech US products, leave a comment or contact us directly.