How to Choose Motorcycle Tyres?

Posted On May 23rd, 2017

You can’t save money by stretching the life of a motorcycle tyre. You can save a ton of cash by investing money in tyres for your motorcycle. You need to make sure you get the right tyres for your bike in order to attain safety and fuel benefits from it.

To help you out, Banks Town Tyre Sale has put together this guide about how to read a motorcycle tyre. To get the right tyres the following two steps are involved.

1.Choosing the Right Tyre Type

You need to examine your bike and riding style to determine which type is appropriate for you to choose the right tyre type. Cruiser, street, dual-sport/ADV, and dirt are four general designations.

2.Choosing the Right Tire Size

You require to have knowledge of what the code designators are, printed on the side of tyres to choose the right tire size. Banks Town Tyre Sale is  here to help you decipher.

  • Section Width:
  • It is almost always a three-digit number measurement of the width of the tread in a straight line from one side to the other.

  • Aspect Ratio:
  • It is a two-digit number ratio of a tyre’s width as a percentage of its height. The higher the number, the taller the tyre.

  • Rim Diameter:
  • It is the measurement of rim in inches from one lip to the other.

  • Load Rating:
  • It is a code ranging between low 20s to high 80s, designating the weight a tire is designed to bear.

  • Speed Rating:
  • It is an alphabetical code from J-Z, designating the speed a tyre designed to run safely, when properly inflated and loaded.

Helpful Tips for New Tires

  • Inflation is crucial:
  • It is not the inflation that makes your money worth less each year. Instead, it is the good kind of inflation that maintains the proper tyre pressure in your tyres consistently. Your tyres can have a significant negative impact on load, handling, and tyre wear with even slightly over- or under-inflating.

  • Keep weight off tyres when its sitting:
  • It is a good idea to keep your bike on stands to take weight off the tyres and prevent flat spotting if you do not ride daily. Try rolling it forward or backward a few inches once in a while if you do not have a stand.

  • Raise tyre pressure with a passenger:
  • It is recommended to bump tyre pressure up a little usually 1-2psi in the front, and 2-3psi in the rear when carrying a passenger.


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