Tyres are the only part of our bike in contact with the road surface so it’s essential that we make sure they’re safe and legal before every journey.
Steering, acceleration and braking all depend on a small area of rubber touching the road surface and if your tyres are past their best it could result in a fine, penalty points or could even cost you your life.
You can find the recommended tyre pressures for your bike in the handbook. It’s best to check them from cold and remember to re-fit the dust caps afterwards! Tyre pressure that are too high or too low can affect the handling of your bike.
Check that the tread depth of both tyres is not below the legal minimum of 1mm (bikes over 50cc). Ideally, change them well before they get to this point and make sure that both tyres are made by the same manufacturer, with the same tread pattern.
Ensure that your tyres have no cuts, bulges or objects embedded in the tread and that they have worn evenly.
If you’re unsure whether they’re still safe to use, it’s worth checking with a qualified professional.
Be honest with yourself when choosing new tyres – most of us hate having to pay out for them but it’s so important that they fit correctly and suit your specific needs; for example, the different weather and temperatures you usually ride in, the kit you carry with you and if you take a pillion.