Motorcycle tyre safety tips from TyreSafe

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TyreSafe has released a list of top tips for riders to check their motorbike tyres, in support of the Motorcycle Industry Association’s (MCIA) Ride To Work Week.

According to the MCIA, sales of 101 to 125cc motorbikes and scooters have increased significantly recently, with 2015 the best year for sales since records began in 1983.

And TyreSafe wants to make sure that commuters are aware of the importance of their tyre’s condition as well as the checks they should carry out.

Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe, said: “While many commuters travel short distances, they need to be aware just how essential roadworthy tyres are to their safety on every journey.

“With just two tyres in contact with the road, the handling and braking of a motorbike are critically dependent on adequate tread depth and correct inflation.

“Even though scooters and commuter bikes are a cost effective way to get to work, riders should never scrimp on their safety but should regularly check their tyres to ensure they are in roadworthy condition.”

TyreSafe’s motorcycle tyre tips

  • Check your tyre pressure while they’re cold at least once a week
  • Use the recommended pressure as set out in your manufacturer’s handbook
  • Look over your tyres to check for uneven wear and embedded objects like nails, as well as cuts and bulges in the tyre and its sidewalls
  • Make sure your tread depth is not below the legal minimum depth of 1mm for bikes over 50cc*
  • Replace rims when they are cracked or bent
  • Try to use tyres from the same manufacturer on the front and back of your bike and try to make their tread patterns match
  • Use the directional arrows on the sidewalls of your tyres to make sure they’ve been fitted the right way round
  • Never use second hand inner tubes if you need to replace them
  • Make sure your wheels are balanced correctly
  • Replace dust caps – they keep dirt away from the valve core and act as another air seal
  • Clean your tyres regularly to keep oil and grease off them
  • If you’re not confident, get your tyres checked by a professional

*For bikes 50cc or under, there is no defined tread depth limit however the tread pattern must be clearly visible around the whole circumference of the tyre, as well as the entire width.

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