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Getting Your Motorcycle ready For The upcomming Season

Getting Your Motorcycle ready For The upcomming Season

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http://cardetailingphoenix.com/category/car-detailing-supplies
Car Detailing Supplies, Auto detailing Supplies, Motorcycle Cleaning Supplies
http://cardetailingphoenix.com/category/car-detailing-supplies
Car Detailing Supplies, Auto detailing Supplies, Motorcycle Cleaning Supplies

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 ==== ====Auto Detailing Supplies, Car Detailing Supplies & Motorcycle Detailing Supplies Click on the linkBelowhttp://cardetailingphoenix.com/category/car-detailing-supplies ==== ====Motorcycles with flat tires . . . roll hard! If your motorcycle is cruising along at 55 mph and your rearmotorcycle tire suddenly deflates [has a blow out!] you now have a tremendously, dangerouschallenge ahead of you. Avoiding other vehicles, controlling the steering, a swaying rear-endmaking everything unstable makes for a sizable victory when you roll off the side of the road andcome to a stop. Congratulations, job well done! More riders than not end in an accident orsomething worse. All because of their motorcycle tires. Who knows your thoughts if it is the fronttire to blow? You better be prayed up. We all want a sharp looking bike. Once you select your make and model, your interest is onchrome, color, accessories, personal appearance, dress etc. but let us not forget about theimportance of the rubber motorcycle tires that get us around. Frame, structure and engine all worktogether and hopefully are worry free for years. Motorcycle tires keep moving and we need tooften watch for wear and safety. There are two critical places that motorcycles need to be checked before each ride or at leastonce a month. Both are easy to do and both are many times overlooked. One area is brake fluid. Ifthe pedal is mushy, bleed the lines or have someone else do it. Two, motorcycle tires need to beinspected. Why do we forget these? Our safety depends on it. We trust our life to the two motorcycle tires under us that have at besttwo patches of rubber in contact with the ground the size of our two hands at any given moment.Move that along at 55 mph or even at 15 mph and each of the motorcycle tires is taking on aserious responsibility. The attention and care we offer towards our motorcycle tires can help ustremendously with our safety and enjoyment of biking. Here are some areas where things can go wrong with your motorcycle tires: - Tire Pressure: Under-inflation may cause uneven wear, loss of control [stability], wears themotorcycle tires out faster and increases the chances of the motorcycle tires failure. Over-inflationallows motorcycle tires to heat up, limit traction [although a slight 10% over-inflation may actuallyincrease traction in wet conditions] and affects the wear. To correct these, use a good tire gaugeand check the motorcycle tires when it is cool. Keep the motorcycle tires pressure at therecommended PSI. - Fluids: Brake fluid, gas and lube spills need to be cleaned immediately. It deteriorates the rubber.Many of the cleaner protectants used on motorcycle tires harm the finish rubber. The best way toclean is to use old-fashioned soap and water. 
 
- Bumps: Potholes, curbs and stones may slash or crack the tire. Look for any problem. - Accelerated wear: Everyday use may be a potential hazard. Spinning motorcycle tires on take offor holding the brake on emergency stops need to be checked. - Nails, screws etc.: It is better to find them before you ride than to discover these nuisances 20minutes down the road. Motorcycle tires that use a tube may "pop" from a nail/screw or sharpobject, where a tubeless tire may have the nail/screw actually plug the hole they created whichgives you a little more time for repairs. - Valve stems: Make sure the cap is on. It helps to protect the valve stem from leaking air andprotects the stem valve from opening by centrifugal force and leaking air at higher speeds. Whenyou use motorcycle tires with tubes, the valve stem should be straight out. If it is on a slant, the tirehas been under-inflated and the tube has moved around the rim. Often this damages the tube andcreates a leak. - Tire weights: Weights need to be firmly fixed to the rim. If they fall off it will throw the tire out ofbalance and cause uneven wear. - Rim: Cracked or dented rims are potential problems. You may want to replace wire spoke wheelswhen they become damaged with a cast or billet wheel that uses tubeless tires. Check with yourdealer on this. - Worn/torn: Thin tread is easier to detect. Flat wear is due to leaning very little and driving mostlyin a straight line, resulting in a ridge at the edge of the flattened middle of the tire. This causesmotorcycle tires to become unstable in a leaning turn. It wants to warble. The tire may have morewear but it should be replaced. [It is good to replace both front tire and rear tire at the same time.]Sidewall punctures, cracking, cord separation are an alert. - Tread: Check the grooves called "sipes" making sure that the tread is still sufficient. The lack ofhaving tread affects the cooling of the tire when in use, wear, stability, traction and can causehydroplaning on wet roads. When doing your inspection of motorcycle tires get a friend to roll the bike while you check thetread and sidewalls. You may need to get a work stand if alone. Obstacles to having a goodinspection are long pipes, saddlebags, fenders etc. making it hard to see the rear tire. Frontmotorcycle tires are a bit easier to examine. This sounds like a lot but it goes quickly and is easyto do. Make it a habit to check your motorcycle tires frequently. Some miscellaneous information you need to know. You will have better handling and get moreout your motorcycles tires when you keep the rear tire aligned and balanced. Consider having thislooked at approximately every1000 miles. Be careful when you have new motorcycle tires it takesthe first couple of rides to get traction working well. So! Happy riding and remember to check your motorcycle tires often. 

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