How Important Are Good Tires to Motorcycle Safety?

Buying and maintaining motorcycle tires is an important part of staying safe and avoiding motorcycle accidents. Well-maintained tires will guide you safely to your destination by increasing traction with the road and decreasing the odds that you will fall victim to poor weather conditions. For new riders, there are several tricks for maintaining and selecting the right kind of tires.

What Are Good Tips for Purchasing Tires?

When purchasing tires, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends ensuring that you buy a matching set of front and rear tires. If you are replacing your tires, buy tires that are the same size as the last set.

What Are Good Tips for Maintaining Tires?

According to the NHTSA, healthy tires should have no cracks, a defined tread and be free of punctures, blisters, knots, cuts and other irregular wear. To avoid prematurely aging your tires, you should store them in a cool, dry place that is out of direct sunlight. In addition to storage location, keep tires away from gasoline and oil. Putting tires near ozone-producing appliances may also accelerate the aging of tires.

The NHTSA also recommends that a rider become familiar with the motorcycle manufacturer’s inflation guidelines by looking in the motorcycle owner’s manual. In the manual, find the right pounds per square inch (PSI) of air pressure for the tires and adjust accordingly. Checking your tire pressure often and adjusting the pressure when necessary will keep your tires durable.

Avoiding road obstacles, such as sharp objects and other tire-damaging debris, can reduce the risk of cuts and punctures to the tire. Staying aware of road conditions and avoiding construction zones when possible can reduce the risk of small road objects damaging motorcycle tires.

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You can read more about motorcycle tire tips by visiting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s webpage.