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Motorcycle tire safety-what you must know.

Updated on December 9, 2010

A motorcycle has two problems related to the road that other motor vehicles don't have.

  1. They have only two tires contacting the road.

  2. They do not have airbags!

Seriously, if you lose road adhesion on a motorcycle even at low speed, it can cost you dearly for repairs, but worse some of those repairs are likely to be to your own body. Unlike in an automobile, your vehicle's bodywork is not the only thing that gets scraped along the road, you do too!

You need to make motorcycling as safe as possible. You are loved, so don't be taking silly risks because you think you already know it all. (Unless you actually do of course!) Some of us really care about your safety!

My 74 Honda Goldwing. A heavy touring bike with 100 hp I found the original brand of tires worked best. (Picture is copyright.)
My 74 Honda Goldwing. A heavy touring bike with 100 hp I found the original brand of tires worked best. (Picture is copyright.)

Modern motorcycles and tires.

You will notice the much wider and rounded rear tires and wider front tires have changed the look of late model bikes include 250cc street machines.

They need em that big! We all know that even a stock 250 street bike can blow the pants off most cars, with sports versions producing acceleration and braking that has set new thresholds in the last ten years.

Motorcycles are at the cutting edge in metallurgy, engine development and ... tires.

I will add to this hub, but publish it now, as I have many casual motorcyclists amongst my readers here on hubpages, not all of them experts on motorcycle tires.

Keep the shiny bits UP!

OK, so the tires on your motorcycle are good enough to pass an inspection, have enough tread left for another long trip and hold air.


You should be able to safely push it to the motorcycle shop to get new tires fitted!

I am trying to gain your attention here.... this is about staying alive, so I need to tell you a couple of things you may not know about motorcycle tires urgently.

The tires on your motor cycle have different risks depending on what you use your bike for, so I will cover some basics first.

Vintage, classic and old bikes:

  • These early models use tubes in their tires as the rims do not seal the air in as with tubeless tires. Tubes are notorious for losing pressure over time resulting in several risks to your life.
  1. Tire wall failure: Often early model motorcycles are left sitting for months between rides, so tires go flat or lose pressure between rides. If the bike is sitting on underinflated tires for long periods of time without being moved at all, the wall of the tire is stressed at the bottom of the tire which can result in tire wall failure, instant deflation! Usually happens when cornering hard in a club ride, or racing event, and people get hurt!
  2. Understeer. from an underinflated front tire. Once again most likely when riding at speed, but with the added danger of causing low speed spills, which can be just as dangerous, especially in traffic.
  3. Tire falling off the rim. Ok this is rare, but a broken or damaged bead or even a badly fitted tire can lose it's grip on the rim and deflate. I saw this happen at an amateur race day for a classic bike club. The rider was injured unfortunately, as it did not deflate immediately, he ignored the wobble under brakes, probably putting it down to a number of other possibile reasons, then tried to brake for the corner at which time the tube got minced and he had no handling or rear brakes to use, so top-sided the bike badly.


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    • PA Injury Lawyers profile image

      PA Injury Lawyers 

      6 years ago from Scranton Pennsylvania

      Thanks for sharing.

      People sometimes underestimate just how important it is to properly inspect your tires before riding.

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      bandula herath 

      6 years ago

      thanks,i got many information about the tyres.

    • earnestshub profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I'm not sure what you mean about tubes and impact on security zalmy, but if you mean is it better or safer to have a tube inside all motorcycle tires, then the answer would be no. I see no safety advantage in having a tubed tire.

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      7 years ago

      this is a great hub.... also i would like to gain some knowledge about the motor cycle tyre tubes.. and its key impact on the security ......

      appriciate if i could get this info --

      or you can mail me at

    • earnestshub profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thank you for the suggestion Jorge. I may do that.

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      Jorge Medeiros 

      7 years ago

      You could develop more information on counter steering, as this is steering technique so important and so little known to casual, and even serious riders.

    • earnestshub profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thank you katrinasui.

    • katrinasui profile image


      7 years ago

      Nice hub. Useful information for people who are using motorcycles.

    • earnestshub profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thank you, I thought I would get the basics over first then add more information in the next few days when time allows. I appreciate your appreciation!

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      7 years ago from TheGreatGigInTheSky

      ..good hub Earnest....Thanks!....i really do appreciate your knowledge...


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