Flat Motorcycle Tires Roll Hard

Flat Motorcycle Tires Roll Hard

Motorcycles with flat tires . . . roll hard! if​ your motorcycle is​ cruising along at​ 55 mph and​ your rear motorcycle tire suddenly deflates [has a​ blow out!] you now have a​ tremendously, dangerous challenge ahead of​ you. Avoiding other vehicles, controlling the​ steering, a​ swaying rear-end making everything unstable makes for​ a​ sizable victory when you roll off the​ side of​ the​ road and​ come to​ a​ stop. Congratulations, job well done! More riders than not end in​ an​ accident or​ something worse. All because of​ their motorcycle tires. Who knows your thoughts if​ it​ is​ the​ front tire to​ blow? You better be prayed up.

We all want a​ sharp looking bike. Once you select your make and​ model, your interest is​ on chrome, color, accessories, personal appearance, dress etc. but let us not forget about the​ importance of​ the​ rubber motorcycle tires that get us around. Frame, structure and​ engine all work together and​ hopefully are worry free for​ years. Motorcycle tires keep moving and​ we need to​ often watch for​ wear and​ safety.

There are two critical places that motorcycles need to​ be checked before each ride or​ at​ least once a​ month. Both are easy to​ do and​ both are many times overlooked. One area is​ brake fluid. if​ the​ pedal is​ mushy, bleed the​ lines or​ have someone else do it. Two, motorcycle tires need to​ be inspected. Why do we forget these?

Our safety depends on it. We trust our life to​ the​ two motorcycle tires under us that have at​ best two patches of​ rubber in​ contact with the​ ground the​ size of​ our two hands at​ any given moment. Move that along at​ 55 mph or​ even at​ 15 mph and​ each of​ the​ motorcycle tires is​ taking on a​ serious responsibility. the​ attention and​ care we offer towards our motorcycle tires can help us tremendously with our safety and​ enjoyment of​ biking.

Here are some areas where things can go wrong with your motorcycle tires:

- Tire Pressure: Under-inflation may cause uneven wear, loss of​ control [stability], wears the​ motorcycle tires out faster and​ increases the​ chances of​ the​ motorcycle tires failure. Over-inflation allows motorcycle tires to​ heat up, limit traction [although a​ slight 10% over-inflation may actually increase traction in​ wet conditions] and​ affects the​ wear. to​ correct these, use a​ good tire gauge and​ check the​ motorcycle tires when it​ is​ cool. Keep the​ motorcycle tires pressure at​ the​ recommended PSI.

- Fluids: Brake fluid, gas and​ lube spills need to​ be cleaned immediately. it​ deteriorates the​ rubber. Many of​ the​ cleaner protectants used on motorcycle tires harm the​ finish rubber. the​ best way to​ clean is​ to​ use old-fashioned soap and​ water.

- Bumps: Potholes, curbs and​ stones may slash or​ crack the​ tire. Look for​ any problem.

- Accelerated wear: Everyday use may be a​ potential hazard. Spinning motorcycle tires on take off or​ holding the​ brake on emergency stops need to​ be checked.

- Nails, screws etc.: it​ is​ better to​ find them before you ride than to​ discover these nuisances 20 minutes down the​ road. Motorcycle tires that use a​ tube may “pop” from a​ nail/screw or​ sharp object, where a​ tubeless tire may have the​ nail/screw actually plug the​ hole they created which gives you a​ little more time for​ repairs.

- Valve stems: Make sure the​ cap is​ on. it​ helps to​ protect the​ valve stem from leaking air and​ protects the​ stem valve from opening by centrifugal force and​ leaking air at​ higher speeds. When you use motorcycle tires with tubes, the​ valve stem should be straight out. if​ it​ is​ on a​ slant, the​ tire has been under-inflated and​ the​ tube has moved around the​ rim. Often this damages the​ tube and​ creates a​ leak.

- Tire weights: Weights need to​ be firmly fixed to​ the​ rim. if​ they fall off it​ will throw the​ tire out of​ balance and​ cause uneven wear.

- Rim: Cracked or​ dented rims are potential problems. You may want to​ replace wire spoke wheels when they become damaged with a​ cast or​ billet wheel that uses tubeless tires. Check with your dealer on this.

- Worn/torn: Thin tread is​ easier to​ detect. Flat wear is​ due to​ leaning very little and​ driving mostly in​ a​ straight line, resulting in​ a​ ridge at​ the​ edge of​ the​ flattened middle of​ the​ tire. This causes motorcycle tires to​ become unstable in​ a​ leaning turn. it​ wants to​ warble. the​ tire may have more wear but it​ should be replaced. [It is​ good to​ replace both front tire and​ rear tire at​ the​ same time.] Sidewall punctures, cracking, cord separation are an​ alert.

- Tread: Check the​ grooves called “sipes” making sure that the​ tread is​ still sufficient. the​ lack of​ having tread affects the​ cooling of​ the​ tire when in​ use, wear, stability, traction and​ can cause hydroplaning on wet roads.

When doing your inspection of​ motorcycle tires get a​ friend to​ roll the​ bike while you check the​ tread and​ sidewalls. You may need to​ get a​ work stand if​ alone. Obstacles to​ having a​ good inspection are long pipes, saddlebags, fenders etc. making it​ hard to​ see the​ rear tire. Front motorcycle tires are a​ bit easier to​ examine. This sounds like a​ lot but it​ goes quickly and​ is​ easy to​ do. Make it​ a​ habit to​ check your motorcycle tires frequently.

Some miscellaneous information you need to​ know. You will have better handling and​ get more out your motorcycles tires when you keep the​ rear tire aligned and​ balanced. Consider having this looked at​ approximately every1000 miles. Be careful when you have new motorcycle tires it​ takes the​ first couple of​ rides to​ get traction working well.

So! Happy riding and​ remember to​ check your motorcycle tires often.

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