There’s a lot of things you need to worry about when it comes to keeping your motorcycle in tip-top condition but two of the most important things are your tires. When you’re riding, they’re the only two things actually touching the ground. They’re what contacts the road surface, and if they’re not in good condition it can lead to a disastrous ride.
Inspect Motorcycle Tires before Every Ride
It can be a hassle, I know, but you need to do a thorough check of your motorcycle before every ride. An important part of that pre-ride check should be your motorcycle’s tires. Look for uneven or excessive tire wear, debris or damage. If you notice any oddities, take a few minutes to figure out what’s going on. It could be that you need to adjust your suspension or wheel alignment, or maybe you picked up a nail or screw on your last ride.
Check the valves on the tires as well. If you’re losing a lot of air but don’t see any puncture holes or tire damage, it may be the tire valve.
Always Keep Air Pressure at the Proper Level
Your motorcycle tire inspection will help you determine if your tires need a little more air pumped in them. If you notice they’re low, don’t hesitate to fill them up. When filling them, make sure not to over fill your tires. This can lead to poor performance and make your tires more prone to damage.
Clean Motorcycle Tires with Soap and Water
There are tons of tire cleaning products out there that will make your tires shine. In general, you want to stay away from them. Most motorcycle tire manufacturers recommend using only a mild soap and water solution. The tire cleaners you can buy at the store will get your tires clean, but they can also make your tires slick and can have damaging compounds. Stick to soap and water.
Storage is Important
If you’re one of those people like me who has to put their bike away for a couple months out of the year, make sure you’re storing it in the right place. Store your bike in a clean, dry space that doesn’t get too hot or too cold. You also want it to be out of direct sunlight. This will help keep your whole bike in good condition but is important for tires as well.
Replace Them Before They Become Dangerous
Don’t wait until the treadwear indicator bars are all you can see (generally, they appear at 1/32 of an inch of tread pattern left, according to Motorcycle.com). By the time those indicators are easily evident, the tire probably isn’t performing as well as it should. If you notice you’re getting close, spring for a new pair of tires.