By Denna Bowman
TyreSafe is urging motorcyclists not to let their tyres land them in a whole ‘load’ of trouble as they set off on their summer holidays.
The UK’s leading tyres safety group is warning that extra weight resulting from a pillion passenger or pannier loads means that tyre pressures should be checked and adjusted accordingly against the bike manufacturers’ recommended levels.
Under-inflation (or overloading) over a long period may cause rapid shoulder wear, excessive flexing and deterioration of the casing, which can pose a serious safety risk for bikers. However, over-inflation may result in a reduced area of contact patch with the road and accelerated wear in the centre of the tread.
The tyre could also be more susceptible to impact damage, as well as providing an uncomfortable ride.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, said: “Tyre safety is important for all motorists but perhaps even more so for motorcyclists, especially when carrying pillion passengers.
“Therefore, it’s vital to ensure that the tyres are correctly inflated, taking into account any additional loads, before heading out. The last thing anyone wants is for a holiday to turn into a nightmare just because the tyres weren’t properly checked.”
However, it’s not just the tyre pressure that should be considered as motorcyclists should also check for tread depth, plus look for any damage in the tyre such as bulges, cuts or lumps. If a foreign object is found embedded in the tyre then it should be removed. Any irregular wear patterns can also be a sign of problems with other components, set up or riding style.
“Before setting off on a biking holiday or even if just heading out for the day, bikers should make sure that tyres are properly inflated and in good working order. It could be the difference between enjoying the holiday or ride of a lifetime or ending up as a road casualty statistic,” warns Jackson.
Further information about motorcycle tyre safety can be found by visiting the dedicated motorcycle section on TyreSafe’s website at www.tyresafe.org, which includes a free downloadable motorcycle tyre safety leaflet.