Maybe you ride your motorcycle every day for work or school. Or maybe you ride it when the sun is out and you’re free to roam. Even if you rarely ride your motorcycle it’s important to have your tires up to par. You tires are necessary for balance, steering, and handling so if they are under inflated or don’t have enough weight (or have too much) then you are more likely to be in a motorcycle collision.
Increasing your tires’ inflation pressure to its maximum can result in fewer motorcycle collisions. The reason behind this is that as a tire’s inflation decreases, the wheel has more slippage, increasing the side slip force which keeps the wheel going in the new direction the driver wanted. A high sideslip force will cause the motorcycle to wobble, increasing the likelihood of the driver to lose control.
In addition, turning a motorcycle requires the driver to lean into the turn. The camber angle is the amount of lean that needs to be put into a motorcycle to cause it to turn. Low camber angles result in low camber forces, which is good. Proper tire inflation results in low camber forces since the driver does not have to put as much lean into the curve to execute a proper turn.
When buying tires for your motorcycle, make sure you know their tire load index. The maximum amount should never be crossed, even including passengers, accessories, and cargo. Not enough weight results in a higher slip slide angle which can lead to motorcycle collisions. So where can you find your tire’s load index? The load index is located on the tire itself. There will usually be a series of numbers and letters located on the tire that tells you the load index, among other things.
For example, a tire that has 120/80-18 M/C 62H on its sidewall tells you that the tire’s width is 120 millimeters, has an aspect ratio of 80, the rim diameter is 18 inches, the load index is 62, and the speed rating is H. Load indexes of 62 indicate the max weight should not exceed 584 pounds, and speed ratings of H indicate that the driver should not go more than 130 miles per hour.
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