Healthy tires are the single most important safety component on your motorcycle. Looking after them is easy. It just takes a bit of time and attention.
This list is based on an article I wrote earlier this year for TD Insurance’s newsletter. Read the full article here with advice from Casey Morris, Marketing Manager for Michelin North America.
- Select the tire that’s appropriate for the type of riding you do. Watch RevZilla’s 2013 Motorcycle Tire Buying Guide.
- Read tire reviews. Make sure you’re getting an independent, expert, objective opinion based on your riding style.
- Look for uneven wear, cracks, bulges and embedded objects.
- Check tire pressure at least every two weeks. On a trip, I check them every day. Check when they’re cold and use an accurate reliable air pressure gauge. Watch How to Check Motorcycle Tire Pressure by J&P Cycle.
- Check for root cause if you notice a change. Years ago I discovered a sudden drop in pressure in my rear tire. I filled it up and went on my way. Had I inspected the tire I would have seen the nail and avoided a precarious situation when the tire went flat on the highway.
- Check the age of your tire and think twice before riding on one that’s more than five years old. Watch How to Check the Age of Your Tires.
- Use tire products with caution. Some ingredients can actually decrease tire life and degrade their quality.
- Avoid pressure washing your tires. It can damage sidewalls.
- Avoid dyno testing. It puts a tremendous stress on tires and voids most manufacturers’ warranty.
- Do not use liquid sealants and balancing agents. You’re putting a foreign agent in your tire.
Before you go for your next ride, use this list to check your tires. Your life may depend on it.