Tyre Tech Talk – September 2020 - RideFast Magazine
Chances are good that you will need to refer back to this feature every once in a while. There is a lot of info, but it is important – and relevant, no matter what bike you ride.
The basics of reading a tyre
Wow! Provinces are open and the sun is shining. Riders are getting back onto their bikes in full force to hit the countryside and enjoy the open road. If you have been off your bike for a while, make sure that you give it a good scrutinising when you are dusting it off in the garage.
Critical is to check your tyres if your bike has been standing for the last 6 months. If you’re not sure about the condition of your tyres, pop into a reputable motorcycle tyre fitment centre and have them checked out.
The Bike Tyre Warehouse Fitment Centre Group will give them a free inspection and check you have the correct specification tyres for your bike as well as the correct tyre pressures before you head off into the sunrise or sunset.
If you need new rubber, here is a very basic guide to reading a tyre. It is important for you to take the time to run through this content as it will assist you in making the correct choice by that I mean not the brand of tyre but the type of tyre specific to your bike and your bikes requirement which could – essentially save your life.
We can’t tell you the number of times that riders come in with issues concerning road handling, road noise, tyre life etc – and it is usually because they have fitted the incorrect tyre/s to their bikes, 90% of the time due to ignorance about the basics of motorcycle tyres.