Summer is the season to take your motorcycle out of storage, grab a wash, and enjoy the open road. There is nothing quite like revving up your motorcycle for the first ride of summer, when you’re basking in the sun and enjoying warm temperatures. You feel like a child at Christmas.
But before you start motoring along dozens of kilometres, you need to ensure your motorcycle tires are ready to go, too. If not, then you need to concentrate on them for a bit before you’re prepared to get to your destination of choice.
Everything from inflating tire pressure to giving the tires a bit of TLC, there are a few items you need to take care of first prior to hitting the asphalt.
Here are five things you need to know about motorcycle tires:
1. Routinely Inspect Your Motorcycle Tires
It is imperative to always inspect your motorcycle tires. We’re not talking about giving them a glance once in a while before you hop on your motorcycle. We are talking about full inspection, from head to toe, side to side, inside and outside.
By doing this, you can find minor areas that may not be repaired or replaced. Or, you may come across something that could hinder your safety as you travel from point A to point B.
A complete, regular, and routine inspection is needed to ensure the safety of you and your bike.
2. Give ‘em Some Air Now
Whether you’re driving on a rural road or you’re riding on a busy city street, you will always need to have good tire pressure. Without it, you’re putting yourself at risk and you might affect your bike.
So, if you notice low tire pressure, then you need to inflate your tires by filling them up with some air.
As you would with regular automobile tires or bicycle tires, motorcycle tires always need air.
3. When Tires Get Thin Replace Them
If, after a period of time, when the rubber becomes too thin, you need to replace your tires. No matter how much air you blow into the motorcycle tires, it is a must to have them replaced with new ones. Otherwise, you could very well risk getting into an accident, particularly if the road conditions aren’t exactly suitable for your motorcycle, such as rain pouring down or snow piling on.
Moreover, never wait to swap your old tires for new ones. You need to replace them immediately.
4. Hit the Brakes at a Normal Level
Many motorists do not realize the damage they do to their tires when they slam the brakes. This only erodes the rubber and will require you to either repair your tires or have them replaced faster than you normally would.
So, what’s the solution? That’s easy: hit the brakes at a normal level.
Of course, the only way to hit the brakes mildly is to drive at a good speed rather than putting your pedal to the metal. And, you can pay attention to the road ahead of you so you know how exactly you can proceed should there be traffic, an accident, or poor weather conditions.
5. Want to Clean Them? Use Soap & Water
Motorcycle tires seem to get dirtier faster than your typical car tires. It can be rather annoying for the most fastidious of individuals, which compels these people to wipe them down.
Yes, you can clean your motorcycle tires, but the best way to do it is with mild soap and hot water. That’s it. You don’t need any premium products to clean these tires.
A bucket of water, a squirt of soap, and a rag. That’s all you need to get the job done.
You need your motorcycle tires to be in good condition if you wish to make your bike your permanent mode of transportation the next several months. That said, obviously the more you use your bike, the more wear and tear on your tires. But with regular inspection, routine air fill ups, and the rare wash, you won’t need to worry too much about having to replace the rubber on a regular basis.