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How-To: The Ultimate Flat Tire Prevention Guide for Motorcyclists

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How-To: The Ultimate Flat Tire Prevention Guide for Motorcyclists

Daniel Roberts

Regardless of whether you drive a car or ride a motorcycle, flat tires are inevitable.

And they just always seem to happen at the most inconvenient of times.

When you’re in a car, you have the luxury of spare tires, and so you can quickly replace your flat tire and resume your on-road adventure without much delay. Unfortunately, you don’t have that luxury when traveling on a motorbike.

When your motorcycle tire goes flat, it goes flat. You have no other option than to take your shiny two-wheeler to the roadside and fix the puncture.

It spoils the fun, causes plenty of inconveniences and brings your adventure to a frustrating halt.

Crap-tastic!

Good news is, you can prevent them.

Below, we’ve put together some tips to help you prevent flat tires on bikes. Check them out!

A PSI-Check a Day Keeps the Flat Tires Away!

That’s how the old saying goes right?

Keeping your motorcycle tires properly inflated is the best way to prevent flat tires. Both over inflation and underinflation can cause your motorcycle tires to go flat—underinflation more so.

It’s therefore important that you regularly check the air pressure in your motorcycle tires. A check at the start of each day is the best and recommended practice.

Avoid the Company of Road Debris

Punctures happen, but they happen more often when you spend more of your time riding on debris-rich terrains.

Pieces of road debris can easily puncture your motorcycle tires.

Of course, you can’t avoid them (road and road debris go hand in hand along the stretches), but you can reduce your tires’ exposure to them.

When riding, stay away from the edges of a road and the center of lanes, as these are the places where the nasty road crumbs tend to collect.

Timely Replace Your Worn-Out Tires

Just like everything else, motorcycle tires have a limited service life. They are not designed to last forever.

As motorcycle tires get old, they develop treadwear. Worn-out tires are more likely to run flat. Also, riding with worn-out tires is not safe.

It’s therefore advisable that you timely replace them.

When should you replace your old motorcycle tires?

Check the tread depth on your motorcycle tires. If it’s 1/32” or lower, replace them.

Nothing seems more deflating than seeing a deflated tire on your bike. However, with a bit of maintenance and regular checks, you can definitely reduce such occurrences—if not totally avoid them.

Is there any flat tire prevention tip that you would like to share with us? Drop it in the comments section below – we would love to hear it!

A BONUS read: DIY or Taking It to the Professionals? Reasons Why You Should Get Expert Motorcycle Repair