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Change your Motorbike tires correctly

On a motorbike, it is unusual to have two tires with the same amount of wear at the same time, as the rear tire usually wears out more quickly than the front tire.

Tire manufacturers invest large amounts in the design of their tires and ensure that, for a given model, the front tire matches with the rear tire as closely as possible.

Many parameters influence this match - notably the profile of the tire (round, triangular, etc), the rigidity and the characteristics of deformation of the carcass or the operating temperature. This is why it is preferable to avoid mixing tires.

This is not, however, an obligation. If you mix your tires and mount tires of different types, try to comply with the following rule: put the softest tire at the front. It is, indeed, vital to ensure the best possible grip for the front axle system. A rear wheel skid can be controlled, whereas a front wheel skid almost always leads to a fall. The amount of a tire's wear is measured by the tread wear indicators in the tread. When the tread wear indicator on the tire reaches the height of legal minimum rubber (1 mm), it is advisable to change the tires before the legal minimum is reached (refer to "Running-in and Wear").

It is also advisable to regularly check that the tire is not damaged, notably by the presence of sharp objects such as screws, nails or pieces of glass.

Motorbike tires