Defective motorcycle tires and tire failures are a cause of some of the most catastrophic crashes. A blowout or tread separation will cause the motorcyclist to lose control of the vehicle, which increases their risk of suffering from a serious injury. In order to avoid any accidents, it is imperative that motorcycle drivers keep up with the latest news and updates regarding any motorcycle tire recalls and also have their motorcycle tires checked regularly.
Motorcyclists need to pay attention to what their tires are telling them when they’re riding. Some obvious signs of underinflated tires is slow or mushy steering response, or heavy cornering and braking. Wobbling or vibrations while riding are signs that there is actual tire damage that has occurred and failure is imminent. Maintaining your motorcycle body and tires will ensure your safety and it will also extend the life of your ride. Also follow the recommended guidelines of motorcycle safety to reduce your chances of sustaining a serious injury in a motorcycle accident in case of a tire blowout or tread separations.
Have the pressure of your tires checked regularly, as this is one of the simplest and easiest actions to keep your motorcycle safe. If the tires are underinflated, it will result in imprecise cornering, irregular tread wear at the edge of the contact patch, higher running temperature, fatigue cracking, overstressing, and eventual failure of the tire carcass.
If the tires are overinflated, it will result in a hard ride. Although it will not increase carrying capacity, it will accelerate tire wear in the center of the contact patch. If you are used to hard cornering, passengers, heavy loads and sustained high speeds, that all will require higher pressures. Another point to consider is to never exceed the loading and accessories restrictions of your motorcycle. Know your loaded vehicle weight and never exceed the maximum load displayed on the tire sidewalls. Have the motorcycle tires air pressure regularly and frequently checked. This is particularly important if you are planning a long trip.
Tire pressure should be checked only when the tires are cold. It is recommended to wait at least one hour after running the motorcycle to check tire pressure. Also use an accurate tire gauge that holds a reading. If there is repeated loss of inflation pressure, it may result in undetected tire damage. Be sure to visually inspect the tires regularly and check for any punctures, cuts, abrasions, cracks, bulges, blisters, knots, and irregular wear and tear.
Pay attention to any warning signs such as vibrations, instability, rubbing, and unexpected tire noises. Have the tires checked up in case you suspect anything. The tire dealer or workshop will check for any issues with the tires and will let you know in case there is a problem.
In any motorcycle accident, the first step is to determine how the accident occurred and who caused it. If you feel that there was a potential tire defect from the manufacturer, you should contact a product defect attorney.
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