It goes without saying that tyres are a vital part of a motorbike – without them, you’re not going anywhere! With that in mind, here are a few tips for keeping your motorbike tyres in good condition.
Regularly inspect your tyres
It may seem obvious but the best way to ensure your tyres are up to scratch is by checking them regularly. It’s the only way to get ahead of a situation or check that your tyres are safe to ride on. Check for any nails or debris stuck in the tyres and just their overall condition before and after setting off.
Feel the pressure
Tyre pressure is something that needs to be checked at least once a week. Always stick to the manufacturer’s recommendations when it comes to pressure as under-inflating them can result in poor handling, whilst over-inflation reduces the grip on the road. Consistently having the wrong tyre pressure will also result in rapid wear and increased fuel consumption.
Check tread levels
Having the right amount of tyre tread helps you maintain grip on the road, especially in wet conditions but more than that, it’s actually a legal requirement in the UK to have at least 1.0mm of tread depth around the circumference of the tyre for 75% of the central width. The remainder of the original pattern must also be visible.
Many motorbike owners opt to change their tyres every 5 years regardless of their condition. Basically, just for peace of mind. However, many tyres don’t make it this long so have to be changed before this. At the end of the day, every motorbike tyre is different and so they will have to be assessed independently. Regardless of condition, never ride on tyres older than 10 years
New tyres that have just been fitted should be run-in at a maximum of 60 m.p.h. for the first 100 miles or so. It’s best practice to always fit the same make on the front and rear for safety reasons.