Motorbike Tyre Safety

TyreSafe’s tips for checking motorcycle tyres

  • Check your tyre pressures from cold at least once a week using an accurate gauge
  • Inflate tyres to the pressure recommended in the manufacturer’s handbook
  • Inspect tyres for cuts, bulges, uneven wear or objects embedded in the tread
  • Check that your tread depth is not below the legal minimum of 1mm (for bikes over 50cc)
  • If your rims are cracked or bent they should be replaced immediately
  • Replace old or damaged valve stems
  • Select the correct type of tyre for your machine and riding style
  • Check that both tyres fitted to the bike are made by the same manufacturer and have the same tread pattern
  • Make sure that your tyre has been fitted the right way round by checking the directional arrows on the sidewall
  • When replacing tube type tyres always use a new inner tube
  • Make sure your tyre/wheel assembly is balanced correctly
  • Use dust caps to keep dirt away from the valve core and to act as a secondary air seal
  • Keep oil and grease off your tyres using detergent if necessary
  • If you are unsure on any aspect of tyre pressure or tyre condition take your motorcycle to an approved fitting centre and speak to a qualified professional

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