Choosing Motorcycle Tires

Bikers often encounter problems when it comes to choosing the right tires to suit their motorcycle and the road conditions they expect to face. Aside from creating the physical and visual connection to the road, tires are just as important as any other critical component of the bike. You cannot expect for your tires to go on forever, as they are a subject to depreciation. This is when various elements need to be taken into consideration, such as the category of the motorcycle you own and the riding conditions. To start with, you’ll need to consult the owner's manual that specifies the type, not necessarily the brand, of tires recommended for your motorcycle, which might include features such as size, speed rating and tread design. You should also look for the right tire bias and composite materials. Motorcycle tires need to be different for the front and the rear of the bike, depending on the specific goals they were designed to accomplish. Acceleration is provided mostly by the rear tire, and the front tire supplies more of the braking power than is required by the rear tire - thus the difference in requirements for motorcycle tire braking. Just as you know, the front motorcycle tire turns left and right to accommodate direction desired, while the rear tire is subject only to the lean of the bike. Since the back tire carries the bulk of the weight, this affects the design and specification requirements. Race Tires
The basic elements every professional rider looks for when choosing the tires is how they connect to the track and extreme leaning angles. Tires should allow for cornering at tight angles, extreme acceleration from a standing position or coming out of a turn as well as for many hours of constant abuse on the race track.

Sport Tires

These type of tires usually have a radial-style tread patterns that allow for a larger contact with the road surface. They should offer a proper adherence to the road, ease cornering and provide better grip in both wet and dry environments. You could also get a tire with less tread for better traction on the track but enough for legal use on the street in dry weather conditions. Made from harder compounds than those used for making racing tires, these tires are more wear and tear resistant.

Touring Tires

If you ride long distances on the highway, then a high mileage, all weather tire should be enough. The tires should provide excellent stability so the rider makes less effort in controlling the bike. Moreover, less ply layers are going to be safer and achieve a more comfortable ride. Touring motorcycle tires have overlapping layers of synthetic rubber as well as composite mesh that helps to provide a good balance between load capacity and comfort.

How to enhance tire durability

Not even the best motorcycle tires are timeless, so it is very important to maintain their optimum level and use them as well as possible. Some suggestions on how you could extend tire durability are listed below, thanks to

  • clean the tires with detergent and be sure to rinse them properly
  • don't use harsh chemicals which will only deteriorate their performance
  • clean and wax the wheels every week; in case of an aluminum one, make use of a corrosion-free chemical to make it free of rust
  • check on the tires for the correct pressure each time you hit the road
  • checking the tires and the wheels for cracks or loose nut bolts to prevent accidents

Remember! A correct choice of tires for your ride will not only provide you with a better handling, but it can also keep you safe and prevent you from crashing in some situations. This should make you that even though the price is of importance, it’s not quintessential when buying the tires. Thinking cheap could cost you dearly.

Ride safe!
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