Bike Tyres

Bike Tyres

Tyre Man

Bike Tyres are the very important parts of a vehicle, more importantly in a motorcycle. As motorcycles depend more on balance and road grip, proper tyres play a crucial role in providing a safe and enjoyable ride. If you own a motorcycle, then ample knowledge about your bike’s tyres are very important, as this comes handy while replacing worn out tyres or upgrading to better quality tyres, and will benefit both the bike’s performance and your safety. Whether driving regular bikes or high-end sports bikes, the right tyres always improve the safety and ride quality for the riders.

There are various types of motorcycle tyres to choose from many prominent brands. It is also very important to know about the right tyre size while shopping for your motorcycle tyres, and for this the knowledge about the different motorcycle tyre size numbering system is also important.

The image at right shows two tire sizes you might see. Let's break down the numbers.

The first, a 130/90, is a common size for Harley-Davidson tires. The 130 represents the width across the face of the tread in millimetres. This may not be exactly identical from one brand of tire to another. Each manufacturer varies slightly, and the curvature of the tire’s profile can affect the overall measurement, but the tolerances are close enough that one will fit where another goes, as long as you're sticking to stock sizes.


The second tire example, in the alphanumeric system, conveys the width with the letter “T.” Tire width charts are widely available in tire catalogues and online, so to save space, we’ll omit them here. (For those curious, the “M” indicates “Motorcycle.” Every alphanumeric tire you’ll run into will start with an “M.”)
The 90 represents the aspect ratio. The aspect ratio is the height of the sidewall expressed as a percentage of the width. Thus, this tire has a sidewall height of 90 percent times 130 mm or 117 mm.

The next item you’ll see is the rim size expressed in inches. Were this tire a radial, we would see a capital letter “R” separating the aspect ratio and rim size. Since that is not the case here, you can be certain this is a bias-ply tire. Were this tire a bias-belted tire (like a bias-ply tire with additional, stiffening layers of fabric placed over the body plies), a capital letter “B” would separate the aspect ratio and rim size. It's easy to see this tire is made to be mounted on a 16-inch wheel.

Other information shown are speed ratings and load ranges. Load ranges give the maximum weight a tire can carry, and speed ratings list the maximum speed at which the maximum load can be carried.


Race Tyers

Allows sharp turns at tight spots. Offers great acceleration from a standstill, allows high speed turns and are very durable for race track usage.


Sports Tyres

Designed for power performance on road, their radial pattern offers better road grip. These provide better handling with all riding conditions and are more durable than race tyres to handle tough road conditions.

Off-Road Tyres

Design for tough off-road usage. Tyres feature a knobby design. These are secured with rim locks to prevent them from spinning on the rim in rugged terrains.

Cruising Tyres

Offers great grip on a variety of road conditions. Offers better grip for wet weather conditions with superb stability control.

Touring Tyres

Designed for long distance rides in all sorts of weather conditions. These offer excellent, stable rides and optimal driver control.
Before making a tyre purchase, make sure that they suit the motorcycle model type. Also, thoroughly check the tyres for proper tire standards.
Also make sure that both the tyres of your bike are of the same type, and do not mix and match.

Tube VS Tubeless Tyres

Nowadays, Tubeless tyres have become a very preferred and common safety feature on the various bike models available in the market. The Tubeless tyres retain less heat, are safer and will never pop out when they get punctured, possibly causing a wreck. The tubeless tyres also stay connected to the rim better.

On the other hand, the tubed tyres offer more convenience to the motorcyclists on the daily run. The tubes are easier to repair as well as replace when these get damaged. However, the tire pressure is the one thing that the riders should always keep an eye for, whether tubed or tubeless tyres.
Low air pressure can lead to damaged tyres and thus cause hazardous rides and poor road grip.

Happy Tyre Shopping to all our Janta.


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