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Basic dos and don’ts before you Ride

  • Check your tyre pressure, and make sure that they are not more than 2PSI above manufacturer specifications
  • Visually inspect if there are any cracks/cuts along the tyre tread and sidewalls
  • Check for rim damage and corrosion.
  • It is a good idea to get your bike washed and lubricated thoroughly before a ride.
  • Do not overload your bike, as your tyres may burst.
  • While using motorcycle luggage, make sure that the fastening straps do not foul with your wheel fenders.
  • Rotate your rear tyre by hand once to see if there is any squeaking noise, as this may mean that the wheel bearing needs lubrication.
  • It is always a good idea to let a friend ride your bike for a short distance to check if there are any problems that may have escaped your attention.
  • For any tips and queries, please consult a trained MRF service engineer.

Maintaining Tyres

  • It is better to replace your tyres after 2 years/20,000km of useage, whichever comes earlier
  • Nitrogen is better than air for inflating tyres
  • While fitting a new set of tyres, you need to get your rims balanced as well
  • Improper brake settings may also damage your tyres
  • Whenever possible, clean the pressure valve caps on your tyres
  • Always get your tyres serviced by a trained MRF service engineer at one of the many outlets spread across the country.
  • Always get tyre punctures fixed by a trained MRF service engineer.
  • Slow down on bad roads, as street tyres are not meant to handle rough roads at a high speed
  • If a tyre gets punctured frequently, replace it before your next ride
  • Do not wait for your tyres to go bald. Instead, replace them when the outer wall reaches the tip of the tread-wear indicator, marked as TWI or rubber fins, in the tyre treads

Buying Tyres

  • Always go for manufacturer-recommended tyres for your bike.
  • Buying the wrong size will affect fuel efficiency, handling and ABS performance.
  • Do not mix front and rear tyre patterns.
  • Tubeless tyres are better than tubed tyres as they resist punctures for longer
  • Always consult the OE motorcycle manufacturer if you intend to fit sizes other than indicated in the owner's manual.
  • Upsizing may require a rim change, which you will have to purchase separately
  • Mixing radials, or mixing radials with bias-ply tyres, may affect handling and stability, and should only be done when specifically fitted and/or recommended by an OE vehicle manufacturer.
  • While buying tyres, always replace both front and rear tyres together
  • New tyres have a run-in period, so use them carefully for the first 500-1000km
  • V-cut tyre treads offer better grip and stability in most road conditions
  • Deep-cut tyres are better for long-distance and off-road rides.

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