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Do your Tyres Need an Upgrade?

What to Look out for! 

Just like cars, tyres are an essential component of a motorbike. Tyres provide the necessary grip on the road, allowing riders to take turns, accelerate, and brake safely. However, just like car tyres, motorbike tyres can wear down over time and need upgrading. In this blog post, we will explore the signs that your motorbike tyres may need an upgrade so you can enjoy riding safely!

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Tread Depth

Tread depth is one of the most critical factors when it comes to motorbike tyres. The depth of the tread determines the tyre's grip on the road, which is crucial for maintaining traction and stability. Just like car tyres, motorcycle tyres have a minimum legal tread depth of 1.6mm. However, the recommended tread depth for a motorbike is around 2.5mm. If your tyre's tread depth has worn down to the point where it is at or below the legal minimum, it's time to upgrade your tyres.

Age

Age is another critical factor when it comes to motorcycle tyres. Tyres are made of rubber and other materials that can deteriorate over time, even if the motorbike is not being used. The age of the tyre can cause it to become brittle and crack, which can weaken the tyre's structure and reduce its overall grip on the road. We recommend replacing motorbike tyres every five years, even if they have not worn down or experienced any damage.

Punctures and Damage

Punctures and other forms of damage can occur on motorcycle tyres, leading to a loss of air pressure and a reduction in the tyre's overall performance. If you've recently experienced a puncture or have noticed any other type of damage, such as a cut or gouge in the rubber, it's time to upgrade your tyres. Even if the puncture or damage appears to be minor, it can lead to a serious blowout while riding, putting you at risk.

Handling and Performance

If you've noticed that your motorbike isn't handling as well as it used to or that its overall performance has declined, it could be a sign that your tyres need changing. Worn or damaged tyres can cause your motorcycle to feel unstable, leading to longer braking distances, decreased acceleration, and difficulty in taking turns. If you've noticed any changes in your motorcycle's handling or performance, it's time to get your tyres checked. 

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Noise

Excessive noise is another sign that your motorbike tyres may need changing. Motorbike tyres that have worn down can produce more noise than usual, especially at high speeds. If you've noticed an increase in the noise level while riding, it's time to have your tyres checked. A tyre with low tread depth or damage can cause a lot of noise and can be potentially dangerous while riding.

Uneven Wear

Uneven tyre wear is the most common sign that your motorbike tyres need upgrading. This can be caused by several factors, including improper inflation, incorrect alignment, or a worn suspension system. Uneven wear can affect the overall performance of your motorcycle and increase the risk of a blowout while riding. If you've noticed any signs of uneven wear on your tyres, it's time to let us take a look. We can determine the problem within minutes and rectify any damages that may have occurred in our workshop.

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Get in Touch With Rideworx Today!

If you're in need of upgrading your motorbike tyres, getting in touch with RideWorx is a great option. We are a professional motorcycle service and repair shop that offers a wide range of services, including tyre upgrades. Our  team of highly skilled technicians can assess your tyre's condition and recommend the best options for your specific needs. Whether you're looking for all-season, winter, or summer tyres, RideWorx can help you choose the right tyres for your motorcycle. 

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