Even though tire pressure isn’t the sexiest subject matter, for the rider, it is very important. Without the right level of tire pressure, riding your motorcycle can become quite a task. At worst, low pressure in your tires can be dangerous for you.
When the pressure is too low, the tire becomes soft, leading to a big contact patch. This, in turn, will result in heavy handling of the bike and poor fuel economy. Not to mention the tire friction and premature wear and tear of the tire. On the other hand, if the pressure is too high, the tire will be too hard and the contact patch too small. It will, in turn, be a rough ride. The best way to avoid both these scenarios is to check the tire pressure that is found on a sticker on your bike’s frame or swingarm. Remember, the psi mentioned on the sidewall of the tire is the maximum allowable pressure; you should ideally cross check with the owner’s manual if you’re uncertain.
Maintaining the tire pressure of your motorcycle is one of the most crucial things on your to-do list. If you don’t check it and adjust it accordingly, it could affect the stability, traction, handling, tread wear and comfort of your ride. You should try checking the tire pressure at least once a week, and yes, don’t forget to also check the tire pressure of your spare tire. If you don’t tend to it for a few months, it might deflate and you could wind up in a jam during emergencies.
There are many tools available in the market when it comes to checking the pressure of your tire. I would suggest buying a well-reputed tire pressure gauge that helps you get the accurate pressure. Another thing to keep in mind is to check the tire pressure when the bike tires are cold. The best way to do this is to check the pressure before riding your bike, or to wait for 2 to 3 hours after you’ve turned off the ignition.
Ride safe and ride on!