Why is Motorcycle Tire Pressure So Important?
By Midwest Traction on September 25, 2017
Tips & Advice
Whether you’ve heard it from a tire manufacturer or the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) themselves, tire pressure is important. Every tire guide stresses the importance of proper inflation. But why does it matter so much? So what if you take off on a ride and your tires are a little under-inflated? Is there really that much benefit to paying close attention to your tire pressure?
Improper tire inflation and loading can cause performance issues, like sluggish handling or heavy steering. It can create internal tire damage, causing separation between the tire and rim. The good news? Our guide will help you keep your tires properly inflated.
Follow Manufacturer Direction
Know and follow guidelines to avoid under- nor over-inflation. The contact patches on your tires are the only source of traction for your motorcycle. These deteriorate at an unpredictable rate when tires are improperly inflated. Closely monitoring your tire pressure extends the life of your tires, thus saving you money in the long run.
How to Properly Check Tire Pressure
MIC suggests you check the pressure of cold tires, waiting at least 3 hours after your last ride. Proper inflation guidelines can be found in your motorcycle owner’s manual, or on the bike's chain guard, frame, or swingarm. If there are two sets of recommendations, inflate according to your riding circumstances. Are you solo, or are you hauling a passenger and/or cargo? Do not exceed the load limit recommendations.
How Often Do I Check?
As a new rider, always check the pressure before every ride. As you familiarize with the bike and it's wear patterns, visual cues may be all it takes. Replace or repair any tires with signs of visual wear: cracked, worn, fraying, or bald are all unacceptable to ride on. Check our online store for tire replacements and availability.