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Frequently asked questions
Motorcycle tyres have to be repaired within the limits of British Standard BS159F. Unfortunately, this does not allow repairs on tyres with a Z speed rating or above. Most of todays sportsbikes of 600cc upwards are all fitted with Z or W rated tyres, therefore, these cannot be repaired within the British Standards. A temporary repair can be carried out to get you home or to a local garage, but the tyre would have to be replaced, the use of sealants is not recommended by tyre manufacturers and their use voids any warranty on the tyre.
Yes. The speed rating of a tyre is in relation to the performance of the motorcycle, therefore the correct rating has to be fitted in accordance with the motorcycle manufacturer's recommendation. Failure to do so could and probably would void any warranty or insurance claim.
Yes and no. It is a good idea to keep front and rear tyres a matched pair. All tyre manufacturers recommend this as the performance parameters from different manufacturers are different. You can mix say a BT56 front with a BT57 rear. These are both Bridgestone tyres but with slightly different characteristics, in laymans terms the 56 is grippier than a 57, and the grippier tyre always goes on the front, this is an OK mix. A Bridgestone rear and a Dunlop front is not agood mix.
Always check tyre pressures when the tyres are cool. Hot air expands inside a hot tyre giving you different readings. Always consult your handbook for correct pressures and adjust for two up riding or sustained high speed use if recommended in your handbook.
Most tyres are made for either purely front or purely rear use. However some manufacturers produce tyres to fit either front or rear, but these have directional arrows on the sidewall for front or rear use. If a tyre is made for front use only, then you cannot put it on the rear and visa versa for rear use.
Yes. When new tyres are fitted they must be run in for approx. 700 miles with no excessive accelaration or braking, they should then be checked for correct seating on the rim and the tyre pressures checked. New tyres are slippy. Ignore this at your peril. Unfortunately we have had customers in the past who have ignored this advice and have fallen off their bike within five yards of our workshop entrance. You have been warned!!!
It is not a good idea, unless it is recommended by the motorcycle manufacturer, or you have changed the wheels. Fitting a wider tyre on the same rim often deforms the natural profile of the tyre and can therefore cause adverse handling problems. Also, a larger tyre on the rear of a bike can slow the steering down.
Always replace the rubber snap in valve for deterioration and if in doubt then replace it, always using the correct type and with an air tight metal valve cap.
Some motorcycle are very sensitive to different tyre combinations, however, the tyre manufacturers test their tyres on most models of superbike and normally can recommend a fitment for your particular model. If in any dobt then contact your local dealer, not the bloke down the pub.
Yes. Although tyres are made to very fine tolerances, there is nearly always an imbalance between the new tyre and the rim. An unbalanced wheel can cause irregular wear and vibration.