No matter what level of riding you’re at, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of proper motorcycle maintenance. After all, your bike won’t last long if you don’t take good care of it. There are a few key factors to consider, so read on for more information.
What causes tire wear?
First and foremost, you need to be aware of the various factors that affect tire wear. There are numerous factors that can affect how quickly your tires wear, including riding style and frequency, suspension setup, weather conditions, total weight of the motorcycle, tire pressure used, storage conditions and tire maintenance frequency.
Look for indicators
Next, look for indicators that your motorcycle tires are fading. If your grip level is dropping, you’ll notice that your tires are moving in new ways. The change will be subtle at first and gradually increase over time. The shape of your tires will also change as they wear. For example, flattened sections of the tire may be present while other sections are normal. The middle third wears out the fastest. You should also keep an eye on tread depth, which naturally wears down over time.
Regular tire checks
You should perform routine motorcycle tire checks so you’re always aware of their condition and when they need to be replaced. Every week, check the overall condition of the tires, the depths read, and any signs of damage. At least twice a month, you should check tire pressure. Every six months, you need to check wheel balance.
If you stick to a schedule and perform these routine checks, you’ll have a better chance of catching problems early before they get too out of control. Not to mention, it will also keep you safe when you take your bike out on the road.
So when should you replace them?
Now that you know what to look for and how often to check your tires, how do you know when to replace motorcycle tires? When the wear limit of the tread is reached or exceeded, it is no longer safe to ride and they need to be replaced. If you have a flat tire, it may need to be replaced. Some punctures can be patched and repaired, others cannot.
If you notice unusual wear patterns, this is a warning sign that should not be ignored. This may indicate worn shock absorbers, improper tire pressure or a balance problem. When your tires are about five years old, have a professional inspect them and confirm that they are still safe to use. After ten years, your tires will need to be replaced regardless of their condition.
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