Nothing beats a freeing motorcycle ride on the road with lush green trees on the sideways. The kind of thrill it gives you is hard to match with any other activity. But this thrill can quickly turn into a nightmare if you’re are not prepared with each minute details of safety. Motorcycle journeys are very unsafe in comparison to car rides. One of the most crucial aspects of your safety during a motorcycle ride is the condition of your tyres. Tyres are one part of the bike that you can’t be complacent with as the tyres carry the weight of the whole motorcycle including the rider’s weight. Tyres are the only part of the bike that comes in contact with the ground. So, the understanding of the tyres and knowing the right time to replace them is one thing every motorcycle rider should know.
When Age Factors Are Considered
If you’ve bought a motorcycle, no matter if it’s new or you’ve bought it from someone who has used it before, you must check the tyres and their age. Certified motorcycle firms generally check the tyres of the bike before selling it, so if you’re buying from a certified firm, you might not need to do much about the tyres. But if you’ve bought your bike from someone who has used it for years, then checking the tyres is a must. The numbers and alphabets on the edges of the tyres aren’t there just for the showcase. They are there to give valuable information about the tyres.
Along with the size and qualities of the tyres, it also tells you about the age of tyres. You can find out the manufacturing date of the tyres by looking at the four numbers at the last of the series. The starting two numbers are for the manufacturing week and the other two for the manufacturing year. You should regularly check your tyres once they cross over the age of five years. And no matter what the condition of the tyres is, you should replace them after ten years.
Tread and The Grip
Treading is the most crucial aspect of the tyres of your bike. It is the tread which helps the tyres to grip on the road even if the conditions are poor. The treads of bike tyres push away the water, which helps in balancing the bike in rainy conditions. When the tread wears down, the bike starts losing the grip and becomes very dangerous, especially in extreme conditions. The tyre manufacturing companies suggest changing the tyres when the tread wears down to 1.5mm. But if you ride your bike in wet condition often, you should change the tyres at 2.5mm tread depth. It is not rocket science to know that your bike tyres are losing the grip on the road. When your bike starts to slip where it should not usually, you should change the tyres. Once this happens, you should not ride the bike till you get the new tyres as you’re already very late in changing tyres. Defects in the tyres can occur at any point, no matter if it’s a new tyre or old. Puncture is one of the most prevalent mistakes; you should always check your tyres before going for the ride. Also, you should get your bike tyres verified by the professionals at least once a year.