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Have you checked your motorcycle tires lately? If not, you might want to do so immediately. Did you know that majority of fatal accidents that occur are caused by tires that are not in good condition? To avoid being a hazard to yourself and other people, you should keep your motorcycle tires in top notch condition. Below are some tips to help you maintain them.
Importance of Good Motorcycle Tires
Whereas there are many reasons for maintaining your tires, the most important is safety. As a rider, you are the body of the motorcycle; therefore you are likely to be hurt immensely in case of an accident. Having good motorcycle tires will prevent some minor accidents caused by lack of proper tire maintenance.
There are several ways to tell if your tire is in good condition or not:
1) Lack of wet traction (Hydroplaning)
2) Wobbly ride especially on high speed
3) Constant slipping
If you ride primarily on highways and freeways where there is little cornering, most of the tread wear is going to occur in the middle of the tire. If you ride on curvy roads, then the tread wear will be distributed evenly over the surface of the motorcycle tire. However, it is vital to check the surface of the entire tire regardless of what types of roads you typically ride on in order to properly identify their condition.
Ideal tire inflation
When looking at the tire inflation, we want to keep the inflation to the recommended level. Over/under inflation is as dangerous as riding on a flat tire. Over/Under inflation results in warps, either inward or outward; this makes it impossible to balance on the road. Another thing is you risk having a blown-out tire. Under-inflated tires tend to heat up; therefore, they are a time bomb in transit, so to speak.
One thing you can do to increase their life is by always keeping the recommended amount of air in them. There are marking on the side of the tire which shows the required amount of air. Having the right amount of inflation can help reduce wear and tear. It also ensures that you enjoy the optimal use of that tire.
Ideal Tread Depth
There are several ways to tell if you are about to go shopping for new tires. One, if the depth of your tire tread is 2mm deep or less. Insert the Lincoln penny in the groove of your tire, if the head is visible then it is 2mm and below. The other way to check your tread is check for the "TWI" marking on the tire. Check the tread depth on all sides of the tire as some tires may have extended wear and tear on only certain parts.
So, now that your motorcycles have been parked safely in the garage, remember to use these valuable tips. Check your tires before embarking on your next ride because who knows who else might be hurt as a result of your negligence.
Arline W is a motorcycle expert affiliated with 4wheelonline.com, one of the country's leading retailers of Michelin and Shinko motorcycle tires, which include Dual Sport tires, Dirt Bike tires, Street Bike tires and Scooter tires. For more information contact them on 813-769-2451 or visit them along 6605 North Nebraska Avenue.