Whether you’ve just started to meet people online and got interested in becoming a biker while doing so, or you have years and years of being a road hog behind you, you should know all about regular maintenance of your bike, no matter how big or small it is.
And what better way to spend your money on maintenance than by taking care of the most expendable thing on a motorcycle after fuel? That’s right; we’re talking about tires. In that name, here are some tips on how to extend the life of the only thing that’s separating your bike from the tarmac you’re driving on.
Everyone, even those who have never driven a vehicle in their life, knows that a tire has to be appropriately filled with air in order to function. When it comes to bikes, the best way to maintain the performance and integrity of tires is to inflate them to the proper pressure.
Little do people know that it’s actually air and not the tire itself that supports the bike’s weight and movement. That’s why we can’t drive on flat tires, for example. Even when a tire is underinflated, you’re running the risk of losing handling control due to lack of traction since a tire is overloaded, yet without enough air to support it.
That being said, you should keep your bike tires properly inflated at all times. Check tire pressure before going on longer trips and make sure you add one or two pounds of pressure when driving in wet conditions.
Tracking Wear Bars
Every tire comes with a simple, handy thing – wear bars. These markings start showing up in the tread once a tire begins to get worn out, which naturally happens after a certain time of continuous usage. This is why tracking your tires’ wear bars is of utmost importance if you want them to last as long as possible.
The best approach to this is to think ahead. For instance, if you’ve already traveled a thousand miles on one set of tires, expect to see wear bars popping up and telling you “hey, this tire is no good anymore.” Plan accordingly and be prepared to replace older tires with newer ones so that you can avoid getting a flat in the middle of a long trip (or in the middle of nowhere, which is even worse).
The improper balance of wheels and tires is best known for influencing the handling of a bike in a negative way. However, it also impacts tire life. So, as soon as a tire starts getting worn, the balance of the whole machine becomes tampered.
Further, the weaker the bike’s balance, the shorter a tire will last. That’s why it’s imperative that you check your motorcycle’s balance and alignment every 500-1000 miles so that both of your tires can last longer and that your steering wheel doesn’t make you lose control and possibly get you in a life-endangering situation.