Just How Are Your Tires?

Tires can cost a lot (Sometimes up to $200-$400+ a set). When compared to the cost of some used bikes, that can be a lot. Tires are critically important to a motorcyclist - how many motorcyclists have you heard of that have had a "blowout?" There's a darn reason why you haven't - it doesn't happen. 

So what should you do to protect yourself against getting a blowout?

Here's what to look for in your tires:

Tread- 1 mm or less (if you can see the top of Abe Lincoln's head if you stick a penny in the tire tread) and the tire really should be replaced.1-2mm deep usually means they have about an average of a season's worth on 'em (depends how much you ride and how much horsepower the bike has, of course). More than 2 mm, and you're pretty much ok for a while. Here's a picture of a tire that has some tread left...notice you can not see the top of Abe's head.  Click the picture to enlarge.

Dry Rotting- or "cracking." Usually means that the tires are old and/or the bike has not been in covered storage. Real "light" cracking may be ok, but basically if there is excessive dry rotting, you should get new tires.



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