Tyre pressure is very important in cars but do you realise that it is even more important with motorcycles? The only contact between your bike and the road is two tiny patches of rubber.
Motorcycle tyres are already much thinner than car tyres, and there is only a fraction of that which is the contact patch. So it’s really important that you keep your tyres in good condition.
Here are some tips from a London-based non-profit organisation named TyreSafe which was set up to raise awareness of the dangers of defective, worn or incorrectly inflated tyres.
- Check your tyre pressures from cold at least once a week using an accurate gauge
- Inflate tyres to the level recommended in the manufacturer’s handbook
- Inspect tyres for cuts, bulges, uneven wear or objects embedded into the tread pattern and replace if necessary
- Use dust caps to keep dirt away from the valve core and to act as a secondary air seal
- If your rims are cracked or bent they should be replaced immediately
- Check that your tread depth is not below the legal minimum
- Replace old or damaged valve stems
- Select the correct type of tyre for your machine and riding style
- Check that both tyres fitted to the bike are made by the same manufacturer and have the same tread pattern
- Make sure that your tyre has been fitted the right way round by checking the directional arrows on the sidewall
- When replacing tube type tyres always use a new inner tube
- Make sure your tyre/wheel assembly is balanced correctly
- Keep oil and grease off your tyres using detergent if necessary
- If you are unsure on any aspect of tyre pressure or tyre condition take your bike to an approved fitting centre and speak to the experts.
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