INSPECTING YOUR TYRES
Under well-lit conditions, look for any signs of punctures (such as nails or shards of glass) which might potentially lead to a loss of pressure or a blowout. Bulging or cracking might also occur on old tires; make sure you roll your bike forward in order to see all surface areas that come in contact with the road.
CHECKING TYRE PRESSURE
Tire pressure is especially crucial on motorcycles, and handling and ride quality can change dramatically with small adjustments. Tires also wear more quickly when they’re not properly inflated, adding yet another reason to check tire pressure regularly
By keeping your tyres at their correct pressure, you’ll reduce your running costs. Under inflated tyres are prone to overheating use more fuel and wear out more quickly. Likewise, over inflation can reduce tyre life, reduce grip and cause steering problems.
Checking your tyre pressures is simple, and you can do it yourself for free. It takes just a few minutes.
First, find your recommended pressures, look in your hand book, look on manufacturer’s web site or ask your dealer. You will need a pressure gauge to check your tyre’s pressure.
Remove the valve cap, attach the pressure gauge and check the reading. If you require more air, you can top up for free/a small charge at lots of filling stations. If your pressure is too high, air can be allowed to escape from the tyre if you press inside with the valve with a match or other small pointy object while the valve cap is removed. Once you have the correct pressure reading, remove the air hose, check the valve area is clean, and re attach the tyre valve cap.
We sell several types of tyre pressure gauge and prices vary from under £10 up to £20.
Pressure can be measured in bar pressure, or, in psi pressure and most gauges will read in both, make sure you are measuring in the correct type as there is a massive difference between 20 psi and 20 bar. Check out the bar to psi converter on the right just in case you need it.
SO THINK P.A.C.T !!!
P – Performance, including grip, handling and fuel economy will all be improved with correct tyre care. Think carefully about how long it takes your tyres to warm-up too.
A – Air Pressure is essential for maximum performance. Pressures should be checked at least once a week using an accurate pressure gauge. The correct pressure will be in your bikes user manual
C – Condition is critical to road safety. Inspect tyres for any cuts, bulges, uneven wear or objects embedded in the tread.
T – Tread depth is essential for safety on wet roads. Check that your tread depth is not below the legal minimum of 1mm (for bikes over 50cc).
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