Myth: Low tire pressure makes winter driving safer
It is wrong to think that you can drive better on snow or ice with a lower tire pressure. It’s a wrong assumption. The only thing you achieve with it is that your tires wear badly. In addition, undervoltage reduces steering power and makes them more likely to overheat, causing them to jump. Resulting in serious traffic accidents.
If you drove with under-inflated tires and the tire overheated, you may need to buy a new tire. The heat can cause the oil used in tire production to rise to the top of the tire (blue glow), resulting in a dangerous and unusable tyre.
The temperature of a tire (track tires are of course slightly different) should never rise above 50 to 60 degrees. If the tire pressure is too low, there will be more deformation. This causes the tire to get hot and wear out quickly. If the temperature goes above 70 degrees it can cause a problem with any kind of tire. Regular heating and cooling can cause the rubber to become rock hard and lose driving properties. The problem could have catastrophic consequences… so don’t take any chances.
Slack tires just want to move forward!
If your tire gets hot, you could lose your grip and fall. This also happens if the tire is too cold. If a tire is worn out or not maintained, it can cause balance and suspension problems. A slack tire only wants to move forward; he can’t turn the corner well because the tires are not well balanced
Even a 0.2 bar deviation down can increase the tire temperature. For a motards only, the deviation may not be too bad. But if you have someone else with you on the back of the bike and also luggage, then a small deviation can have more influence on the road behavior.
Increase the tire pressure in front and rear tire for every 45Kg by 2 psi.
Tire pressure gauge
A tire pressure gauge is an indispensable accessory for a motard who considers safety of paramount importance. Because they are faulty, most gas station gauges are not reliable. Invest in a good tire pressure gauge and check your tire pressure once a week (I do it before every ride) and certainly before a longer trip. Always measure with the same instrument.
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When to measure your tire pressure on your motorcycle?
You measure the tire pressure when your tires are cold. Measuring them is one thing, but what if you need to adjust the voltage? Inflating your tires is not always possible at home.
How to adjust the tire pressure of your motorcycle?
Do you have to drive more than two kilometers to adjust your tire pressure? Then first measure the cold under-inflation of each tire and record the actual under-inflation of each tire.
When you arrive at the service station, measure the tire pressure again and inflate the warm tire to the level equal to this warm pressure plus the cold under-inflation amount.
At full load (luggage, pillion passenger), but also for track riding, is it best to inflate the front tire to the maximum recommended by the manufacturer? You can then inflate the rear tire to the maximum indicated on the sidewall of the tire.
Again, very important: Increase the tire pressure in the front and rear tire by 2 psi for every additional 45KG (up to the maximum).
Tire pressure loss?
The tire pressure continuously decreases, regardless of whether the tires are loaded for a few days or just a few hours. On the one hand, because (at least) air penetrates through the walls of the tires. On the other hand, tire pressure fluctuates as the temperature varies
It varies according to the outside temperature. The warmer it is, the more air a tire loses.
On average, a tire loses one to two pounds of air every month, especially when exposed to extreme heat. If your tires are hot, never lower the pressure. It is normal for tension to rise as you drive.
Remember: every 1 psi of air loss is approximately equal to 25 to 30 kg of weight loss.
Why is tire pressure so important?
It may be obvious, but it is of course about the safety of you and your fellow passengers.
Consequences of a tire pressure that is too low:
- reduced road holding
- reduced control
- a reduced effect of suspension and damping
- higher fuel consumption
- cornering maneuvers become more difficult
- insufficient carrying capacity (and incorrect traction)
- tire temperature too high
- irregular tire wear
- cracks and tears in the tread and side rubber
- tears on the inside of the tire (resulting in blistering)
- blowout with falls
- unable to control your engine.
- IMPORTANT: Check regularly and adjust to correct pressure (depending on weight/luggage).
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