Checked your tyre pressure lately? No? Well, you're not alone… Most of us neglect this simple yet important maintenance job. So here are a couple of things you need to know about Tyre Pressures and why they ARE important.
Most suggested tyre pressures are for “cold” tyres. As riding can significantly increase the pressure (by up to 10% in some cases). We suggest checking them before you hit the road or after stopping for a lunch break (tyres need 30-45 mins to cool down).
It all depends on the riding conditions facing your tyres. If you are commuting to work every day in the same conditions then checking them once a week should do the job no worries. If the conditions are likely to change often (Adventure riders listen up) checking them once or twice per day would be advisable.
Maintenance is key
You always want your bike to handle at its best. If the steering seems slow or your ride just feels meh then you probably haven’t been paying much attention. In the worst-case scenario, an under-inflated tyre can pop off the bead, potentially damaging the tyre, wheel or even causing injury to you or others. In the opposite, an overinflated tyre can have reduced traction due to a reduced contact patch on the road.
Stick to the book
Motorcycle manufacturers have recommended tyre pressures for their bikes and it is best to stick to these, so get out the owner’s manual and have a read. Tyre manufactures work off these stock pressures so there is no need to go outside of them unless you’re at the track.
Are you going to ride with a pillion passenger, or loaded up with luggage – then you need to change your tyre pressures accordingly. Increasing them as recommended by your bike manufacturer. And don’t forget when you next fly solo to let them back down again to recommended solo pressures.
Calibration can vary between gauges so get yourself a good one and take it with you to the garage so you can be sure your readings are consistent. Take a look at these gauges and be sure you have consistent pressures all the time. After having new tyres fitted by your dealer, its good to set the pressures again at home with your own gauge, as the dealers' gauge may differ to yours.