MOTO-D Pro Series tire warmers

//MOTO-D Pro Series tire warmers

MOTO-D Pro Series tire warmers

Are tire warmers really all the same, other than thermostat control options? Of course not if you look at the manufacturers details carefully and then use the product. With today’s track and race tires, tire warmers are a great investment in both reducing heat cycles to a minimum daily and also by assisting with blocking UV light to mitigate damage to the tires.

Scott sent me a set to test for the final AFM weekend to see how I got on with them.There’s a long list of specs on his web page about the product: (www.motodracing.com/motorcycle-tire-warmers.html) But the ones that caught my eye were:

Independently adjust front and rear tires from 100’F (40’C) – 200’F (99’C)+ with ten (10) Heating Speeds to match all tire compounds.

Superbike Design with Side Skirt Coverage ensures Rim Heating and Tire Carcass Penetration and Carbon Weave Exterior Shell provides Extreme Insulation.

Features Nomex® IIIA lining which is thermally stable, provides even insulation, and is flame resistant.

Carbon Coil Wire Technology heats up 2X faster than less efficient copper wire warmers at only 1,000 watts (equivalent to 1,300 watts of power).

*Unlike other tire warmers which use soft copper wiring which becomes brittle when hot and immediately begins to deteriorate, MOTO-D Racing PRO-Series Digital use Carbon Coil Wiring which can be twisted or crushed without failure.

I’ve suffered from burning tire warmers by rushing and leaving one plugged in, experienced brittle wires break leaving me with cold tires before a race and broken elastic on the side of the tire causing partial heating of the tire surface. With this product there are some significant features here that help us when we get rushed or absent minded, or worse, distracted when getting on track.

The most important thing to me is portability, and the Moto-D tire warmers come in a small and light fabric pouch – easy to store, carry and use rather than a large case or tub that you have to unlock, remove the zip tie from and then open up. Cases have their benefits of course in protecting the product and if you generally toss things around, a case might be an option for you.

Putting the tire warmers on is a nice simple exercise. You can see and feel the thickness of the insulation material and outer cover as you put the warmer on and the elastic on the side ensures a snug fit to the sidewall of the tire and wheel rim making sure heat stays in and one the tire and permeates into the wheel.  The velcro attachments are easy to secure and the center tab makes things really simple both to finish the installation but also to ensure the warmers are centered. I like the fact that there is one one plug wire to a power source from the rear warmer and both warmers are linked together with a locking connector ensuring a safe and complete connection between them.

The digital readout located on the rear tire warmer is easy to see and monitor, and you can roll the warmer to a visual point that you desire rather than having to stoop down and look at the readings. It is nice to see both tire temps stacked on top of each other, and I noticed that the front tire took a little longer to warm up than the rear by about 5 minutes – but being the organized person I am, that didn’t matter as I allotted 1 hour for the warmers to come up to temp and cycle. Once the programmed temperatures are met, the digital read out blinks letting you know you are ready to go. That’s a nice visual to have as your eye catches the numbers flashing.

The digital readout located on the rear tire warmer is easy to see and monitor, and you can roll the warmer to a visual point that you desire rather than having to stoop down and look at the readings. It is nice to see both tire temps stacked on top of each other, and I noticed that the front tire took a little longer to warm up than the rear by about 5 minutes – but being the organized person I am, that didn’t matter as I allotted 1 hour for the warmers to come up to temp and cycle. Once the programmed temperatures are met, the digital read out blinks letting you know you are ready to go. That’s a nice visual to have as your eye catches the numbers flashing.

The removal of the warmers before the race was quick and simple and with only one power lead to unplug, there’s no risk of forgetting one warmer and leaving it plugged in. With some brands, that can be a fire risk all by itself, but not so with these.

There’s nothing like having the confidence when getting on the track that your tires are already hot and ready to perform as opposed to cold tires an those nervous first couple of laps while they heat up. Having that confidence means you are relaxed and completely  fully focused on skill execution, and the net results of that can be very rewarding. Thanks Scott for an excellent product and I look forward to getting the new 2013 design for a year of longevity testing with track days and racing.

By | 2017-11-23T05:24:24+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|Categories: Testing Program|0 Comments

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