But that`s not all. The tire should also be free of cuts, bulges, or deformations that can affect tire safety and performance, and is reminiscent of my last blog on pre-race checking, where I mention the importance of checking your tires before you start your journey. Not only will you make sure your tires are legal, but you`ll also check that they`re inflated and that you didn`t pick up anything unpleasant like a nail or screw on your last trip. When I think back to when I started driving in the 70s, the standard joke at the time was that the tires were 95% nylon and 5% rubber because they offered so little grip, even during the dry summer months and when it rained, we had to walk very carefully on tiptoe. If you don`t have a tire depth gauge, it`s easy to look for the so-called tire depth indicator markings, which are built into the tread pattern and set to the minimum tread depth. If you can`t find them, contact your local dealer or tire supplier and they`ll be happy to show them to you. You can also use the edge of a coin to measure, but tire depth indicators are the easiest way. The reality is that they are much more important than many people realize, and it was quite surprising at the Ace Café recently when Motorcycle Direct gave away a free tire depth gauge (very handy, by the way!) how many people then came along and asked what the minimum tread depth of a motorcycle tire should be. Some have even gone so far as to claim that in hot weather we have found that worn tires are not such a big problem, after all, racing bikes ride on slicks, no tread at all. Fortunately, as motorcyclists, we are more aware of the condition of our vehicles than motorists and pay more attention to things like tire wear, as this significantly affects the handling of the bike. Thus, the chances of getting caught with bald tires on your motorcycle are slim or zero if you pay the least attention to them from time to time.
Ideally, tires wear fairly evenly over their entire surface. If you notice uneven wear on your tires, report it to your mechanic. Once your tire reaches this limit, it needs to be replaced. However, it is advisable to replace tires before they reach their legal limit, as their ability to provide traction will be severely affected. Overloading your bike will also lead to premature tire wear, especially if the weight is unevenly distributed. Tread wear indicators on the tires themselves should give you a good indication of the condition of the tire. If the tire is flush with these, it is below the legal limit and must be replaced. A common question from motorcyclists is: “After how many kilometers does the tire of a motorcycle have to brake?” The answer varies depending on make, model and condition. With motorcycles, it is important to remember that the weight distribution is not 50%. Although it is more difficult to push balsa wood forward than lead, the front wheel is not always in contact with the ground. So if the front wheel doesn`t support weight, the rear wheel doesn`t brake the bike either.
It`s far too easy to take your tires for granted. After all, premium tire manufacturers such as Bridgestone, Dunlop, Michelin and Co. are continuously developing and improving their design to deliver unmatched performance. From motorcycle tire pressure and retraction to tread depth, inspection and maintenance, take a look at TyreSafe`s top tips for motorcycle and scooter tire safety. The different driving surfaces have a considerable influence on tyre wear. Driving on gravel can significantly increase wear. Under the Road Traffic Act 1988, it is not legal to use a vehicle that is not fit for use on a public road. Tyres below the legal limit of 1.6 mm are classified as illegal. The penalty for bald tyres can be severe: up to £2,500 fine and 3 penalty points on your driving licence for each worn tyre.
It is recommended to check the general condition of your motorcycle tires every week and check the tire pressure every two weeks. A tire may look new, but is not roadworthy due to its age. When it comes to your motorcycle`s tires, it can be hard to tell how much tread depth remains. You can check the tread depth of the tire with a tire depth gauge that measures the remaining tread. While this may seem like a simple question, it is actually an extremely important one, as the depth of the tire`s tread can significantly affect the bike`s handling and braking distance. The tires are designed for a service life of approximately five years. But some motorcycle tires need to be replaced earlier. After five years, they can lose their footing.
Changing the tires of your bike before the 5th birthday will avoid such situations. If you buy your motorcycle tires before the 5. By changing the birthday of your motorcycle, you can avoid such scenarios. You should also check the pressure in the tires. If it decreases, it is a sign that the pearl is worn. Most of the time, you can tell by looking at your tires that they are a little broken. However, if you`re not sure, more sophisticated measurement tools are at your disposal. Making sure your tires have the right tread surface is not only an important legal requirement, but can also significantly affect the handling of your bike and make your bike safer every ride.
The tread of a tire refers to the rubber on its circumference that is in contact with the road or ground. The “tread” is the rubber that sits above the grooves on the surface of the tire. The difference in height between the bottom of the groove and the top of the tread is called tread depth. When tires are used, the tread begins to wear out, limiting its traction efficiency. When the tread is completely worn, it is called a bald tire. Once the tire remains under a certain tread surface, it is dangerous (and illegal) to drive. There are two methods to check the tread depth of your motorcycle tires: Mechanics also use a tire or tread depth gauge that measures the remaining tread wear. For many people, tires are nothing more than the black round rubbery things that attach to every wheel of a motorcycle and are more necessary as a legal requirement as well as everything else. Driving, which most commuters and occasional drivers do, means that steps closer to the tire wall wear out more slowly than those in the middle.
Tires can be damaged by sidewalks, potholes and other debris on the road. Damaged tires can cause a blowout and some damage cannot be repaired. If in doubt, have your tires checked by a specialist. Irreparable damage typically includes: As the rubber-based materials of tires age, the properties change. Other factors can also determine how the condition of a tire changes over time, such as temperatures, tire pressure, and storage conditions. Many drivers change their tires after 5 years, regardless of their condition. If your tires are in good condition after 5 years, it is advisable to have them checked annually by a professional if you want to keep them. Regardless of the condition, never drive with tires older than 10 years. UV radiation is harmful to motorcycle tires. Exposure to ultraviolet rays causes homolytic cleavage that breaks down gum molecules. Manufacturers use UV stabilizers to protect them, but these chemicals run out and eventually lead to premature tire wear.