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By: Fit2Go TPMS / 18th September 2019 /

Why tyre condition is so crucial when you’re riding on two wheels

Keeping your tyres in perfect working order should never be overlooked. As the only contact point between your vehicle and the road, the rubber on your wheels is absolutely crucial for safety and performance.

Consider for a minute the amount of work the tyres have to do: they transfer the power of the engine to the road, they absorb the impact of irregular road surfaces, they carry the load of the whole vehicle, they provide grip, affect braking, acceleration and steering, and have a major impact on fuel consumption.

For motorcycles, and indeed all two-wheeled vehicles, looking after your tyres is arguably even more important. With only two tyres to rely on – where the contact patch on each is not much larger than a credit card – the implications should something go wrong are that much bigger.

There are many different options to consider when selecting the right rubber for your bike – be it off-road, touring, racing, or commuting – and getting that choice right is the first step in ensuring a safe and enjoyable ride.

Generally speaking; the better the tyre, the better the ride.

It’s a good idea to seek advice from a trusted dealer when purchasing your tyres – you can find your nearest UK-based Michelin Certified Centre here.

But, whatever tyres you choose, it’s imperative you maintain them in the best condition.

All riders should carry out regular inspections. TyreSafe recommends that motorcyclists check their tyres once a week. When doing so, there are three key areas to consider:

  • Pressure: this influences how your bike handles, brakes and accelerates; correct pressures reduce your risk of an incident on the road.
  • Condition: make sure there are no damage, cuts or bumps on the tyres caused by debris, potholes or kerbs.
  • Tread: the tread ensures a tyre stays in contact with the road during wet conditions. The legal limit of tyre tread depth in the UK for motorcycles over 50cc is 1mm across three quarters of the width of the tread pattern and with visible tread on the remaining quarter. For motorcycles up to 50cc the law requires that all the grooves of the original tread pattern must be clearly visible.

To help you keep your rubber in the best shape possible, consider fitting a Michelin Tyre Pressure Monitoring System – Bike. Our ‘plug & play’ retrofit kit provides a precise pressure reading as you travel along the road and sends an alert at the first sign of a pressure or heat issue occurring.

As well as warning of general under- or over-inflation and notifying the rider in the event of fast leakage, the system also sends an alert should the internal tyre temperature exceed 90 degrees Celsius – often the sign of an impending blowout.

Remember, if in any doubt about the condition of your bike’s tyres always seek expert advice – it’s far better to be safe than sorry.

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