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Motorcycle Tyre Information

By November 11, 2014No Comments
As the bad weather is approaching, here at Wheelies Motorcycles in Rainham, Essex we would like to provide you with some vital information about condition and safety of your motorcycle tyres
Fitting Tyres
If a tyre is not in the fitment book or website, it could be a potentially dangerous or even illegal fitment.
Tread Depth
For a motorcycle tyre to be legal in the UK it needs at least 1.0mm tread depth around the circumference of the tyre for 75% of the central width and the remainder of the original pattern must be visible.
Don’t Mix Tyre Brands
In the interest of safety always fit the same make on the front and rear.
Tyre Choice
Always choose a tyre that best suits its purpose. E.g. If you are riding all year round, a sports or sports-touring tyre is recommended. They are designed to give excellent grip in a wide range of weather conditions. Racetrack orientated tyres may be road legal and “soft” in compound, but they only offer high levels of grip when they have reached high operating temperatures.
Tyre Pressures
Check tyre pressures at least once per week when they are cold (i.e. before riding). Over-inflation reduces ride comfort and contact with the road (less grip!). Under-inflation results in poor handling and the bike will “wander”. Improper tyre pressure will cause rapid wear, increase fuel consumption and provide less control. Always use the tyre manufacturer’s recommendations.
Running-in new tyres
New tyres should be run-in at a maximum of 60m.p.h. for the first 100 miles or so, with no sudden braking or changes of direction and modest angles of lean. This period allows the tyre/rim assembly to adjust properly and lets the compound find its optimum working conditions.
If you are unsure of the condition of your motorcycle tyres please feel free to come and see us at Wheelies Motorcycle in Essex. We are situated behined Elite Tyres/Origin Gym on the old A13/A1306 New Road,Rainham,Essex,RM13 8DE


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