How often you should change the tyres on your bike

One of those itching questions that sits at the back of a bikers mind, how often should you change the tyres your bike? Tyres are a vital piece in anyone’s motorbike spares, in poor condition they can affect the performance and the safety of the driver or loved ones. It is recommended to do a weekly check, paying attention to the general state of the tyres, the tread wear and any damage sustained.

Here are 6 reasons it’s time to change your tyres.

  1. Punctures

Despite tyres being durable and designed to tolerate impacts, they still succumb to punctures. If you tyre goes flat, it is important you have a professional mechanic look at the tyre and check if the interior chamber has suffered irreparable damage. Follow this link for information on what you should do if you have a punctured tyre.

  1. Incorrect tyres

It is important you have the correct tyres for your motorbike and in adherence to the legal requirements. For maximum performance, choose matching tread patterns for the front and back tyres. The vehicle’s stability and balance can be affected if a bike has tyres that feature different designs. Ensure you never attach one radial tyre with a non-radial tyre unless it is stated by the manufacture.

  1. Ageing

It is hard to judge a tyres lifespan and relative age, as it depends on their use and conditions. Signs of ageing tyres are cracks and deformations in the tread, on the sides or shoulders of the tyre. It is more likely that these signs will appear after five years of use, this is why it is recommended a professional looks at the tyres every year after the fifth year. A tyre should be replaced after ten years, to safeguard the driver, even if there are no signs of ageing.

  1. Excessive thread wear

The legal wear limit is 1 mm, and most companies will advise you to change your tyres before you reach this point. Excessively worn tyres will negatively affect your safety, as well as give you reduced performance and grip, especially on wet roads. Click here for more information on tyre laws in the UK.

  1. Unusual wear Pattern

Abnormal wear patterns are localised patches of heavy wear. They can be a sign of a mechanical problem or incorrect tyre pressure. To avoid them you should check the bikes balance every six months, this could increase the life of your tyres and give you a more comfortable ride.

  1. Damage

Tyres can be damaged by holes, pavements and blunt objects. Tears, deformations and cuts should always be examined by a professional mechanic. It is important you do not
ride on damaged of flat tyres, for both your safety and the health of your bike.

Tyres are a vital part of the safety and performance of your motorbike. Check your bike regularly and take note of these 6 reasons you should change your tyres to ensure you have an enjoyable and safe riding experience. To motorbike spares, tyres, and any other equipment or parts you might need for yourself or your motorbike view here.