When a motorcycle rider confronts the his
bike's tires with tire gauge in hand, his mind should focus on an
entire checklist of items.
Just developing a regular routine of checking air
pressure develops a baseline from which undetected problems can
be recognized. Around 20 percent of the tubeless tires that we change
for wornout tread had some sort of embedded object in the carcass
that has at least the potential of causing air leakage; or even
has been leaking air pressure without drawing the riders attention.
Today's motorcycle's make it pretty tough to actually check the
entire circumference of the tires without having to go through some
awkward gyrations. It might be a pain to do a thorough inspection,
but it really needs to be done for your safety.
As long as you're down there, here's a short
check list of things to look for and at.
- Tire pressure
- Tread depth
- Even tread wear
- Any sidewall cracking
- Foreign object in
- Inspect the tread
area, especially at the bottom of the tread blocks, for any cracking
of the rubber
- Any obvious bubbles
in the tread, or unusual tread wear in a small area that can indicate