Maintaining your motorbike tires is a sure bet to increase the longevity of both tire and the rim. When you neglect them, it shows you have no respect for your bike that serves you almost daily. It is also exposing you as the rider to unwarranted dangers that would result from tire burst.
Proper inspection of the wheels from motorcycles and motorcars helps you ascertain whether you need to replace tires or repair them just in case you notice some deformities. However, how do you go about it? What must you keep in mind when inspecting and maintaining your motorbike wheels? This article will exclusively take you through the process.
Inspect your motorcycle tires daily before taking a ride
According to the manager of Ride Apart that is a group of motorbike riders and owners of Bridgestone Tires it is vital to inspect your motorcycle daily paying particular attention to tires. They recommend that tires inspection be routine practice to all the riders in the company before any race. When inspecting, you, therefore, need to check the following.
1. Tire pressure
For an efficient and safety riding, you must inflate your tires with the right pressure gauge. Tires with less pressure from the gauge, its rubber tends to create heat due to friction. That heat can easily lead to a tire blowout.
You need therefore purchase a tire pressure gauge machine. There come in either manual or electronic with electronics being the most efficient to use. Tires lose one pound per inch square pressure every week so you can imagine the amount of pressure lost if you make it a habit of checking pressure once in a month.
2. Inspect the tires’ tread
Inspecting your tire’s tread is the most convenient way to tell the extent of worn-out is your tires. Treads give tires grip on the road while you are riding. If you realize the treads are below the wear bar or looks extra smooth, perhaps it is time you replace them.
You can use your eyes to ascertain the level of worn-out of the treads though we have gauge checkers.
3. Break in the new tires
When you change your tires to new once, take time to break in them. You can achieve this through your first 100 miles that you do. Remember you have only two wheels to balance yourself and stay upright while riding, unlike cars. If you changed just one tire breaking through helps to restore the two such that even when negotiating a sharp corner, it remains safe for you.
4. Check for age
Tires work with a life span of approximately five years. Some tires may look fit for the journey even after going beyond this life span. Never put your trust on such kind of tires especially if you intend to cover look distance at the time.
Tires are made of a chemical substance that gives them that stiffness. This chemical evaporates with time, and once the tire nears life span ends, the rigidity becomes less. The rubber, therefore, becomes hard with no room of expansion giving it more a chance to blowout easily.
The much that you read about washing directions on cloth or how you realize your shirt is dirt and need be cleaned, tires work the same. Your safety on the road solemnly depends on the tires and therefore giving them special attention at all times is essential.
Make it a routine to inspect and maintain your tires to ensure a safe ride.