When did you last have a proper look at your motorcycle tyres? We don’t mean the depth of the tread, we mean a PROPER look. Do you have cracks between the tread? Do you know how to check how old the rubber is? Rubber…it’s funny stuff & quite often overlooked & for all the wrong reasons. Read our helpful & informative guide to tyre maintenance & safety for your motorcycle.
Tyres on motorcycles have a hard life. Tyres are constantly going from cold to hot, hot to cold, hard acceleration to hard braking, heavy loads, crazy lean angles, track days, rain, pot hole and road salt. All of this and they can still last 2 to 5,000 miles.
Do you have the right compound?
Always choose the right tyre to suit not only your motorcycle, but also the type of riding you do. It’s no good having a touring bike with all your panniers loaded on race compound tyres, you would be lucky to get 300 miles out of them. Likewise, it’s no good running your track bike on 20yr old touring tyres, you wouldn’t make it to the first corner!
What do you use your motorcycle for the most?
Do you commute? If so, you may want a duel compound to stop the middle wearing too quickly. Do you only ride your sports bike in the dry? In that case you could go for a more track focused tyre like a Supercorsa. There are a huge range of tyres out there and lots of road test reviews on the internet. Tyres are not cheap & you don’t want to make a costly mistake buying the wrong type.
Check the date the tyre was manufactured. On the side of the tyre is a date stamp. You read this like this
This is even worth checking on new tyres especially on “eBay bargains” as they may be old stock. We buy our tyres from a dealer with a high turn over of stock, so no tyres are more than a few weeks old. If your motorcycle has been stood for a long time the tyres may have flat spots and will need replacing.
When did you last check the pressures in your tyres?
Always keep an eye on your tyre pressures. You should check them EVERY time you go out for a ride. Pressures should be done while the tyres are cold & your handbook will give you an idea on the correct PSI.