Choosing scooter tyres

There a numerous types of tyre available for scooters and motorcycle, however, scooter tyres have their own idiosyncrasies

Choosing the right tyre for your scooter commuter is essential. Always select a like-for-like replacement of the tyre originally specified by the motorcycle’s manufacturer. If you’re unsure what that tyre type and size was, check your owner’s manual or contact the manufacturer. Owners should be aware scooter tyre sizes can be marked in different ways, potentially making it more complicated to select your own tyre. If you’re unsure whether or the tyre you are considering is appropriate for your scooter, consult a tyre professional or the manufacturer. The tread depth can be different between new front and rear tyres on a scooter but this is not uncommon and they will typically wear at the same rate.

Types of tyre

Most modern scooter tyres will be of radial ply construction, however, cross ply and bias belted construction tyres are also available for motorcycles. They can require an inner tube or be described as ‘tubeless’. If you’re planning on going to Europe, you should be aware that even the mixing of tyre brands can be illegal and you should check local regulations in the countries you will ride in before travelling. It is generally always best to fit matched pairs, from the same manufacturer, which are a like-for-like replacement for the original tyres.

Mixing tyre types

tsi_motorbile_tyre_safety_chartIt is dangerous and illegal to mix tyres of different construction on motorcycles in certain ways. See the table for permitted fitments. If you see ‘NHS’ on the sidewall of the tyre, its use is illegal on public roads.


All new motorcycle tyres, including those for scooters, have a thin surface coating from the manufacturing process which needs to be ‘scrubbed-off’ while riding. Riders are recommended to ride cautiously during this period – approximately the first 100 miles of use – and avoid heavy acceleration, braking and cornering, as the tyre WILL NOT have reached optimal performance. Once that through the first 100 miles, check the air pressure as a significant drop may indicate the tyre has not sealed properly. If that is the case, you should have the wheel and tyre inspected by the fitter.
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