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Advice

The Importance of Tyre Maintenance

10 May 2012

Valentino Rossi

Tyres on motorcycles, even more so than on other vehicles, are vital for the safe performance and handling of the bike. Regular maintenance is essential to keep your tyres in top condition.

Tyres on motorcycles, like any vehicle, play a vital role in the performance, handling and safety of the bike. Many times we tend to ignore the necessary maintenance needed to keep the tyres safe. With motorcycles, there are only two small contact patches for the rider to rely on, so it is extremely important to keep the tyres in top condition.

Any tyre, no matter how well constructed, may fail in use as a result of punctures, impact damage, improper inflation, overloading, or other conditions resulting from use or misuse. tyre failure may create a risk of property damage, serious personal injury or death. To reduce the risk of tyre failure, we strongly recommend you follow the advice of motorcycle and tyre manufacturers and your tyre dealer .

It is recommended that riders carry out a periodic inspection of their tyres and have any imbedded objects removed by a qualified motorcycle dealer or technician. Serious injury or death may result from a tyre failure. Many tyre failures are preceded by vibration, bumps, bulges or irregular wear. If a vibration occurs while riding your motorcycle, or you notice a bump, bulge or irregular wear, have your tyres and motorcycle evaluated by a qualified professional provide immediately.

It is not often that a properly maintained tyre will "blow out" while you are riding. More commonly if air is lost, it will be gradual. If you do experience a blow out or sudden tyre failure, the following none should be helpful: When the failure occurs, slowly decrease the amount of throttle, hold the handlebars firmly, and steer to maintain your lane position. Once the motorcycle has slowed and is fully under control, apply the brakes gently. Gradually pull over to the shoulder and come to a stop.

Tyres on motorcycles, even more so than on other vehicles, are vital for the safe performance and handling of the bike. Regular maintenance is essential to keep your tyres in top condition.