Just buying a high-end bike is not enough. You should also know about choosing the right tires for your motorcycle and also know when to replace them. Depending upon how often you use your bike, you will need to check the tires. Having said that, it is important, that you use your bike often to keep the tires warmed for better functioning. With the modern tires having evolved with time, it can be very confusing to know the specifications, profiles, variations, etc while choosing the right tire. Here are the few tips that may help you in choosing the right tire for your motorcycle.
All vehicles, be it a truck, car or a bike have certain pre-requisites when it comes to the size of the tire. You can see the tire size inscribed on the sidewall of the tire. For instance, 120/70ZR17 (standard nomenclature followed across the world) on the sidewall means the following:
The number 120 designates the width of the tire in mm. The second number 70 represents the aspect ratio between the width and the height of the tire. In this case, it indicates that the tire is 70 percent as tall as its width. The alphabets ZR indicates the speed rating or tire construction. If the letters appear after the aspect ratio, the first letter will indicate speed, while the second letter will indicate the tire construction.
Other tire markings such as rotation and balance marks, manufactured date and tire wear indicators, tubeless or tube type are also mentioned on the tire’s sidewall. Consult a good tire mechanic in case of any doubt.
Although the lifespan of the tire is mentioned on the sidewall, it is recommended that you do not depend on it entirely. The life expectancy of the tires depends on various factors such as how often you use your bike, road conditions, general maintenance of the bike and also the climate conditions. Make it a habit to check the treads of the tires to make sure that they are not smooth as it could be dangerous.
Low profile or regular tires
If you are looking for speed, better handling skills and faster brakes then low profile tires are best for you. On the other hand, if you are looking for durability and good resilience then go for regular tires.