TREAD, PRESSURE, BALANCE and ALIGNMENT.
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Safety in acceleration, braking, steering and cornering all depend on a relatively small area of road contact.
It is therefore of paramount importance that tyres should be maintained in good condition at all times and that when the time comes to change them suitable replacements are fitted.
Top tips for motorcycle tyre safety:
- 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 of 1mm (for bikes over 50cc)
- 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.
Ride It Right says: When your tyre dealer says you will need to run in Motorcycle Tyres then take heed.
When new tyres are fitted they must be run in for approx 100 miles with no excessive acceleration or braking, they should then be checked for correct seating on the rim and the tyre pressures checked.
New tyres are slippy – don’t ignore this!
You will go on your ear – you will bin the bike – even within five yards of the tyre dealer!
Safety leaflet pdf (172KB) Click Here
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