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Bike tire care - must knows

 

We all love our bikes, and when we have to stop riding it because of the shortage of fuel, (or money!) we realize how important it is. Taking care of ones bike is not only a matter of interest but also important for the safety of the riders. Here are some “must know” tips on tires for all those who love their wheels.

 

Tire size: Choosing the correct tire is determined by rim width. Do not mount tires wider or narrower than the original equipment tires, either of which could negatively affect the motorcycle’s handling.

 

Don't Mix and Match: Never run two tires of differing construction. We can't stress this enough, and this rule applies to bias-plies vs. radials as well as tubeless and tube-type tires--even bias-ply vs. bias-belted tires. The results can be disastrous.

 

Breaking-in a new tire: Avoid rapid acceleration or hard cornering for the first 50 kilometers after mounting new tires. Increase lean angle progressively until the tire’s mold release compound is completely worn off the tread area.

 

Air pressure: Check only when tires are cold, because pressure increases with temperature. Never bleed air from a hot tire. It is also probably on the VIN (serial number) plate near the steering head with the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) and gross axle weight ratings (GAWR) information. Riding under inflated tires can lead to premature wear, irreversible damage to the carcass, and possible tire failure. Tire pressure should be checked every two weeks.

 

Warm-up period: At the start of each ride, travel a few kilometers at moderate speed. This will gradually bring the tires up to their normal operating temperature. Once fully warmed up, the tires will achieve optimal grip.

 

Cap the valve: The valve stem cap should be securely fastened on the stem, because it's an important part of your tire's sealing system. Caps help prevent air loss and keep dirt out of the valve mechanism. It'll give you extra security at high speeds, when centrifugal force can conspire to open the valve inside the stem.

 

Wear and tear: Check tread wear by inspecting the wear indicators in the tire grooves. If the wear indicators are level with the surface of the tread at any point, the tire should be replaced. A worn tire can adversely affect the motorcycle’s handling.

 
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