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Dunlop Motorcycle Tire Tips

Monday, December 27, 2010
Out of the 10 tires we tested you simply cant pick a bad tire. Yes there are some substantial differences between each model yet they still deliver a high-level of performance for your street or sportbike.
Tires are one of the most important performance and safety aspects of your motorcycle.
Motorcycle tires are one of the most important performance and safety aspects of your motorcycle. It’s this reason I’m absolutely religious when it comes to checking the condition of my tires including air pressure regardless if I’m riding on or off-road. The folks from Dunlop also understand this and have released these motorcycle tire tips. Check it out and if you’re looking for a new set of shoes for your street or sportbike make sure to peruse Motorcycle-USA’s comprehensive 2010 Street Motorcycle Tire Comparison and 2009 DOT Race Motorcycle Tire Shootout.

Courtesy of Dunlop:

1. On a regular basis, check your tires all the way around. Rotate both tires completely (if applicable) and make sure there are no nails, or other objects penetrating the tire. If you find anything, do not ride until you have your motorcycle dealer inspect the tire and replace it if necessary.
2. Check the tire sidewalls for signs of cracking and never use sidewall treatments or dressings, which can actually accelerate tire cracking.

3. Checking tire pressure is the most important tire maintenance function you can perform. Maintaining the correct air pressure is crucial to the tires’ rolling efficiency, steering, grip, wear and load-carrying capabilities—for every 4 psi a tire is underinflated, you could lose up to 80 pounds of load-carrying capacity.

4. You’re not only riding on your tires, you’re also riding on the air within them, so check cold air pressure as often as possible with a high-quality air-pressure gauge, and have it calibrated at least once a year. (Ed. Note: I rely on the Motion Pro Professional Tire Gauge available at Motorcycle-Superstore.com)

5. If you’re storing your motorcycle for the winter and/or if you’re storing spare tires, try to avoid frequent and varied extremes of temperature during storage. Do not keep tires next to radiators or sources of heat. Tires subjected to these conditions will age more quickly than those stored in a cool, constant environment.
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It’s important to regularly check and adjust the tire pressure on your motorcycle.

6. Do not store tires where electric motors are present; the high concentration of ozone will accelerate tire cracking.

7. When buying new tires make sure you select tires that can carry your expected load, including the total weight of the motorcycle, the rider(s), luggage and any equipment. Always match front and rear tires.

8. After installation of new tires, check to make sure the arrows on the sidewall are pointing in the correct direction of rotation, and that the balance dot on the tire is lined up with the valve stem.

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Gritboy -Of course weight to PSI very important  December 27, 2010 10:22 AM
These are all common knowledge tips: Exact PSI on tires is subjective, but without a doubt I've seen many new or negligent riders go down because they've inflated their tires (especially the front) to max recommended PSI on tires, or they've never inflated them using a tire gauge -- instead just relying one what they think is the right pressure -- and they're way under-inflated. The type of riding you're doing (highway, gravel, canyon carving, city streets) will determine what PSI works best for handling and mileage of a specific model bike and the type of tire you use -- track, sport, touring, etc. The rider/passenger/luggage weight may vary from ride to ride, as will weather temps and wet/dry conditions, so people need to experiment with their own bikes and write notes of what does or doesn't work or feel right. Finally, if you're bike sits unridden a lot, be sure to either put it up on stands or roll it around occasionally to make sure it doesn't develop hardened flat spots and DON'T let the tires go flat. There are only two things connecting you to the road, so use the best quality tires you can afford and maintain them.
KSW -Tire Load test needed...  December 27, 2010 06:34 AM
Good recommendations by Dunlop everyone should follow. I'd like to PROPOSE THE FOLLOWING TEST by Motorcycle USA, especially for the big cruiser class and touring. Check the weight loads of the tire by using scales on the front and rear tire. The bike should be loaded as a normal rider would with the rider, gear and passenger. Do the tires still meet the needs of the rider and fall within the load rating of the tire. I'd bet there are issues in this area of current tires available. Even the most anal riders who manage tires are still suffering excessive wire and tire life in this class of bike.