Do It Yourself: Motorcycle Tires Maintenance and Inspection
The only thing that separates you and your bike from the road are your tires. Even the best street
motorcycle tires can become damaged and wear out over time. You should do a visual check of your
tires every time you get out on the road. Look for signs of punctures or bulging on the tires. Roll your
bike forward to see entire surface of the tires. Here are some maintenance tips to help you keep your
tires in peak condition.
Check Tire Pressure
You should check tire pressure once a week on your motorcycle tires. It’s best to check pressure before
you start riding, when the tires are cool. Use your owner’s manual to learn the recommended levels or
look on the sidewall of the tire for best levels. Tire tread wears quicker when your tires aren’t inflated
Check Tread Levels
The best motorcycle cruiser tires have built-in tread wear indicators at 1/32 nd of an inch to show you it’s
time to replace the tire. It’s not recommended that riders wait until the tread is almost gone to replace
the tires. Err on the side of caution, because tread ensures tire integrity and helps you ride safer. Use a
quarter to measure tread. Make sure there is enough tread to cover Washington’s head.
Check the Age of Your Tires
Discount motorcycle tires can be a great way to save money, but keep in mind that most tires have a
lifespan of about five years. Even if the tires just sat on your garage wall, the compounds that make up
the tire will become hard and brittle. Check the sidewall for a date stamp, a four-digit code inside a
rectangle box. The first two digits indicate the week of the year the tire was made. The last two digits
indicate the year. Thus, 2618 would mean that the tire was manufactured in the 26 th week of 2018.
Invest in New Tires
Don’t put off buying new tires. Shop for new motorcycle tires to be safe on the road.