Being inquisitive is part of our nature. Too many questions are asked. Moreover, we need real answers to these questions.
In the field of motorcycles, especially on motorcycle parts, we are bombarded with questions about tires. Here are the questions and their corresponding answers.
1. What’s the right tire age?
Basically, the principle is the newer the tire the better. However, to make a tire last longer the tire’s age is of lesser importance. But be careful not to buy tires which are over six or seven years old. You will be able to know their date of manufacturing by searching for the three or four-digit number stamped in the tire’s sidewall. For instance, 2101 stands for the 21st week of 2001 – which is its manufacturing date.
2. Why are new tires better?
First, new tires are better because it is organic and it decomposes. Second because the older the tire gets, the more it is exposed to outgassing. Outgassing makes the tire brittle.
3. What will I do in case of a flat tire?
Motorcycle tires flex from more directions. Unlike car tires, a motorcycle tire has only the other tire to prevent it from falling. Thus, the best thing to do in case of a flat tire is to replace it and not just plug it.
4. When is there a need for replacement?
It depends. Front tires may still shot even when there is still ample rubber. In fact, they may still look good even if they have gone through considerable heat cycles. They can also cup or scallop when already having an uneven surface. This is the best time to replace them.
5. What about size and pressure?
Run the bike in the recommended tire pressure. It is so simple. You just have to stick to the manufacturer’s guidelines. That is the safest and the best thing that you can do. Nevertheless, you can have some deviations depending on your desired performance. Moreover, you have to check tire pressure regularly.
6. When to buy a tire?
You can buy tires at reputable motorcycle stores. These stores have already established their names and services. You can also order online. But this remedy is a gamble because it will not guarantee that you will be getting newly manufactured tires. When you buy tires personally, you have the opportunity to choose the freshest tire in the store. You also have the chance to compare prices and quality.