We all know tires are one of the most important pieces of our motorcycle because the weight of our world rides on their shoulders. Since we rely so heavily on our them, it is a great idea to get into a pre-ride inspection process (T-CLOCS) that has us checking tread and pressure. Nothing will wear a tire faster than over or under-inflation, especially when you ride aggressively or ride 2-up. With so many different motorcycles needing so many different tread patterns and designs, K and G Cycles is constantly working to bring you the best tires at affordable rates to satisfy your motorcycling needs.
Whether you ride on the street, in the dirt, or both, we carry the manufacturers you trust to get you from Point A to Point B and everywhere in between like Dunlop, Continental, Avon, Bridgestone, and Maxxis, as well as the lesser known brands like Kenda, Vee Rubber, Cheng Shin, and IRC. Choosing the right tire can be down right confusing and I would strongly recommend referring to the OEM specs and purchasing something that are at least the equivalent. Considerations should also be given if you plan on being in the saddle for long periods of time because heat generated over that extended period of time.
With no real mileage recommendations for motorcycle tires, it is our duty to keep an eye on them. Even though we may not have but a few thousand miles on the ticker but the bike has been through its first loan payoff and it is our turn to own it, rubber integrity is a vital consideration. As we were all taught about the upside down penny check when we first started driving, that holds true on motorcycles. Knowing the distance from the outer rim of a penny to the top of Abe’s head (approximately 2/32″ and consistent among pennies) is the same as legal wear limits, this is a quick and handy way to examine your tires. Some great guidelines to follow are:
You should change your motorcycle’s tires if any of the following signs are exhibited.
- The wear bar is in line with the surface
- Uneven surface on the tire aka ‘cupping’ or ‘feathering’
- Cracks on the sidewalls
- Missing Pieces
A blow out from worn tires is an unsafe situation nobody wants to be in, regardless if you are on 4 wheels or 2, so start inspecting your tires on a regular basis and decrease your chances of ending up in a hazardous situation. Replace your worn tires with ones from K and G Cycles and get on the road with confidence.