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When to change your motorcycle tyres
May 11, 2017

Do your tyres need changing?

Courtesy of Michelin, our customer satisfaction award winner for motorcycle tyres, here are five reasons for checking whether or not you need to replace them…

The tyre has been punctured

Tyres are very strong and capable of withstanding a lot of heavy impacts, but they could still be punctured. If you suspect your tyre has been punctured, have it examined by a professional mechanic who can determine whether or not the interior of the tyre has been compromised, meaning it cannot be repaired.

The legal wear limit is reached

Your motorcycle tyres will have wear indicators, which look like little bumps at the bottom of the main grooves. When the depth of rubber remaining gets to the level of these indicators, the tyre has reached its legal wear limit and must be replaced. If you continue to ride on your tyres below this limit, their safety, grip and performance – particularly on wet roads – is not guaranteed. You will also be breaking the law.

The tyres show signs of ageing

It’s difficult to predict the life of tyres and how long they can be used for. It doesn’t always depend on their date of manufacture as tyres which have never been used, or just used occasionally, could still show signs of ageing. Factors like conditions of storage, load, speed, inflation pressure, riding style and even climate conditions could all play a part in the service life of a tyre. As a result, it’s recommended you regularly check your tyres for any signs of ageing or wear, including deformation on the tread, shoulder or sidewalls.

The tyre is damaged

While they are resilient to many bumps and bruises, your tyres could still be damaged by foreign objects in the road. Any perforations, cuts or deformations that are found should be examined by a professional mechanic who can advise whether or not the tyre remains safe to use. You should never ride on a tyre you suspect is damaged.

The tyre shows abnormal wear

Abnormal tread wear could be a sign of a mechanical problem like worn shock absorbers, transmission or brackets, or a balancing fault. It could also be the result of incorrect inflation pressure. To prevent abnormal wear, it is recommended you get the balancing of your wheels checked every six months. This could extend the service life of your tyres, while giving you a more comfortable ride.