Motorcycle Maintenance – How To Check Motorcycle Tires?


It’s very important to keep your tires at the proper pressure. A lot of people, depending on the riding you do, like to have it at different pressures. This bike has race tires on it, the customer rides it at the track a lot. It’s a very sticky compound and, as you can see, the rubber right here, from turning, that it’s a really soft and sticky compound so these tires get eaten up a lot faster, it’s not recommended for street use. On a street tire, which you like to look for, is flattening out in the middle of the treads not being as deep as they should be, like on a new tire. One way to check that is with a tire depth gage. What you do is get the depth gage, put it into the tread, and then look at the depth and you can tell if the tire is still good or bad. If your tire is flattening down on the middle because you’re doing a lot of highway riding, the best thing to do is replace it because it leads to instability while riding.

You also need to check your tire pressure, which depends on how you ride like at a track or on the highway or whatever, the best way to keep your pressure in check is to check it every week or so because tires do let air out of them, from time to time. One of the main things to look at, on sport bikes or any motorcycle, to keep in mind, is your tire pressure because it can change drastically within a week or so. If you haven’t ridden your bike in a month, then you definitely need to check your tire pressure before you ride. If you feel like your bike’s heavy in the front or harder to steer, it’s more likely because you have very low tire pressure, which leads to instability, unsafe riding, and, more likely, an accident because of the lack of control for your motorcycle.

Safety Feature All Motorcycles Should Have

I want to talk about the number one safety feature that you can either add to your motorcycle for a couple hundred dollars or you ought to look to get as a standard feature on your next bike purchase. This safety feature was found by the IIHS to reduce fatal accidents by 37%. It is the number one safety feature, never even thought about it in my mind until I read this article discussing it. It’s something that we take it such advantage of and don’t even think about in our regular everyday vehicles and quite frankly, it’s something that’s not offered very often on motorcycles. Back in the day it wasn’t offered at all, now, it’s starting to be offered more and more but we still see it mainly on the higher end bikes. But again, it’s something so cheap to just add to your current bike or if you’re out there in the market for a new one, see if they have it as a standard feature or if they’ll add it for you cheaply as part of your purchase and that feature, you may have guessed it by now, ABS brakes.

Of all things, ABS brakes, such a reduction, in first fatal accidents and really severe accidents and they say the reason is because the ABS brakes, naturally, they provide for more stability when you’re having to apply the brakes in emergency style, a lot of bikes, once you do that without ABS brakes you’re going to lose the steering functionality and you’re going to have to lay that bike down. One of the biggest ways this can help is that the biggest type of accident that we see out there on the roads in Georgia is a car turning in front of you as you’re driving down the road. They don’t see you, got to lock up that brake, what often times happens is that causes you to flop, it causes you to have to lay the bike down because you can’t control it as you’re slamming on the brake to try to avoid that vehicle that’s cutting in front of you. ABS brakes, number on feature, go out and get it, get it for your bike now, get it for that new bike, very important.


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