Nobody wants to change their tires sooner than necessary. Tires are expensive and sometimes it can be difficult to find a shop that can replace or balance them correctly, but the motorcycle tire is not something you want to be left behind in maintenance.
Tires are critical to the safe operation of a motorcycle, and learning proper maintenance and prevention is critical to a long and safe riding career.
So what causes uneven tire wear on a motorcycle? Uneven tire wear on a motorcycle is caused by misalignment of the tires, improper inflation, and improper balance. Tire wear is normal if the motorcycle is ridden safely and regularly, but abnormal or uneven tire wear is an indication that more than just the tires on the motorcycle need to be repaired.
Motorcycle tires should be inspected and checked every time you get on for a ride. They don’t always need a full alignment or deep inspection, but your tire conditions should be a top priority when considering motorcycle safety – after all, it’s your tires that provide the traction for acceleration and braking and without. you could be on ice skates too.
Reasons why tires wear unevenly
Staying safe on a motorcycle means not only making sure you are wearing the proper protection, it also means making sure your motorcycle is running properly. Motorcycle tires are an extension of ourselves, and understanding what leads to uneven tire wear is extremely important.
The alignment of your motorcycle has a lot to do with the wear that the tire suffers . We’ve all heard that our cars need to go to the shop to get an alignment maybe because the steering wheel is not straight, or maybe the car drifts to the left or right.
The same should be noted for our motorcycle, but because there are only two wheels, the symptoms of poor alignment on a motorcycle may not be as noticeable as in a car. Tires will always positively or negatively show the wheel alignment status.
Another common reason for tires to wear unevenly is due to improper inflation. We shouldn’t have to grab a tire gauge and measure our tire pressure every time we get on the bike, but we should always inspect the tires to make sure they appear to be properly inflated.
When a tire is flat, the tire will show significant wear along the outer face of the tire. This means that when you look at the tire from the front or rear of the bike, not from the side, you will notice that the center of the tire will have less wear than to the left and right of the center. When the tire is worn, the opposite means that the center of the tire is much more worn than the left and right of the center, the tire is over-inflated.
The third most common reason tires can experience unusual wear is when the tire is poorly balanced. Tires and rims, As perfectly round and uniform as they seem, are marked with gauges from the factory showing the heaviest point and the lightest point.
The job of the person putting the tire on the rim is to line up the marks to make sure the heaviest point on one matches the lighter point on the other. To check the balance of the tire, it is placed in a machine and rotated, and the machine can tell the operator where, if any, to place the counterweights.
Have you ever looked inside the rim or even along the outside of the rim and noticed little sticking blocks? These blocks are what keep the tire rotating evenly and prevent vibrations from being sent to the rest of the bike. Signs that the tires are out of balance are strong vibrations or a worn patch around the tire. Patch wear just means that the worn sections of the bike don’t look consistent, and that some worn spots are larger than others.
Not only will uneven tire wear be something you can visually inspect, uneven tire wear will be felt on a motorcycle , and we shouldn’t wait until we notice a …