Tyres are the only part of your motorbike in contact with the road surface. Safety in acceleration, braking, steering and cornering all depend on this relatively small area of contact. It is therefore of paramount importance that tyres are properly maintained and in a good condition at all times. With correct care and attention, your tyres will help you achieve the maximum performance, enjoyment and safety from your riding without disruption and with minimal cost.
- Check your tyre pressures from cold at least once a week using an accurate gauge.
- Inflate tyres to the pressure recommended in the manufacturer’s handbook
- Inspect tyres for cuts, bulges, uneven wear or objects embedded in the tread
- Check that your tread depth is not below the legal minimum of 1mm (for bikes over 50cc)
- If your rims are cracked or bent they should be replaced immediately
- 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
- Use dust caps to keep dirt away from the valve core and to act as a secondary air seal
- Keep oil and grease off your tyres using detergent if necessary
- If you are unsure on any aspect of tyre pressure or tyre condition you take your motorcycle to us and we will check this out for you.