Why is Motorcycle Tire Pressure So Important?

Whether you’ve heard it from a tire manufacturer or the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) themselves, you know tire pressure is important. Every tire guide you’ve ever glanced at stresses the importance of proper tire inflation. But why does it matter so much? So what if you take off on a ride and your tires are a little under-inflated? Is there really that much benefit to paying close attention to your tire pressure?

The manufacturers, the tire guides, and the MIC are all correct in emphasizing the value of properly inflated tires to your safety, performance, and tire life. Improper tire inflation and loading can cause performance issues, such as sluggish handling or heavy steering. It can also cause internal tire damage, and the tire could separate from the rim. To avoid these issues, and to lengthen the life of your tires, follow this simple guide to keep your tires properly inflated.

It’s critical that you know and follow the manufacturer’s guidelines to ensure your tires are neither under- nor over-inflated. The contact patches on your tires are the only source of traction for your motorcycle. If these are deteriorated due to poor tire care, your ride could come to an end rather quickly. By closely monitoring your tire pressure, you can extend the life of your tires, saving you money in the long run.

How to Properly Check Tire Pressure

So you now understand the importance of proper tire pressure. How and when do you check your pressure to be sure the numbers you’re working with are accurate? The MIC suggests you check the pressure of cold tires, waiting at least 3 hours after your last ride. You can find the proper inflation guidelines in your motorcycle owner’s manual or on the bike itself on the chain guard, frame, or swingarm. If there are two sets of recommendations, inflate according to whether you’re riding solo or with a passenger or cargo. It’s also very important to never exceed the recommended load limit, as this will cause damage to your tires and bike.

How Often Do I Have To Check?

When you first get your bike, or new tires, check the pressure before every ride. Eventually, once you are familiar with the visual cues of under-inflated tires, you can decrease this to once per week as long as the tires pass your visual inspection.

Of course, if your tires are worn, cracked, or show any other signs of visual wear, it’s time to replace them immediately. Check out our store for a wide variety of motorcycle tires at competitive prices.


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