General Inspection Tyres should be examined regularly, removing stones and other objects embedded in the tyre. Oil and grease should be removed with a suitable diluted detergent. Sidewalls should be checked for bumps, lumps and tears (BLT). Any BLTs could indicate internal damage and should be examined by a tyre specialist without delay.
Watch your Tread Tyre treads are designed to give good wet grip but the road surface condition plays the major part in tyre to road adhesion. In general, wet grip decreases as tyre tread patterns wear down or as the depth of surface water increases. Motorcyclists should take this into consideration and reduce speed when it is wet. Motorcycle tyres normally have tread wear indicators in the tread grooves and the appearance of these indicators, level with the tread surface, should be taken as one sign that the tyre is ready for replacement. Legal tread depth for a motorcycle is a minimum of 1mm (visible tread pattern for a scooter), across 他s of the width of the tyre and in a continuous band all the way round. Tyre research shows that crash rate increase significantly for vehicles with less than 3mm of tread depth. Trying to squeeze those extra miles out of a tyre could well be false economy.
Running in Tyres A new tyre will still have a shiny / smooth finish on it. Until the tyre has been scrubbed in it should not be subjected to maximum power or speed for the first 100 miles or so, taking particular care on wet or greasy roads. Progressively increase the power and throttle to rough the surface of the tyre to maximize its grip.
Next month Safety SAM will look at what our tyres do when out on the road. Safety SAM The SAM Observer April 2008
The Apri 2008 edition of "The SAM Observer"