Or, stated differently, how low is your tire pressure right now?
HEY! I know you’re busy. You’ve got this and that and all the more to do. And on top of that, you’re running late…again!
So, who has time to check air pressure? Besides, those darn valves on your motorcycle tires are a pain in the butt to access! I HATE those things! However, just to be safe, let’s try to remember to check the tire pressure tomorrow….
In the mean time, here are some ways to monitor your tire pressure without becoming inconvenienced by bending over with an air pressure gauge while near an air pump:
1) Visually inspect your tires. If you can see that a tire is only partially deflated you’ll know that you can probably make it through another day.
2) While riding, when you can feel a little bit of “wheel wobble,” slow down so that you are only going a civilized amount of MPH over the speed limit, and make a mental note to put air in the tires one of these days.
3) Wait until someone on the road points to your tires and yells that you need air.
4) Wait until you crash. The tow truck will probably have an air compressor and you can fill the tires while the bike is on its side.
BONUS: Points 1-3 all are reliable ways to result in point 4.
NOTE: The most common cause for tire failure is improper tire pressure — usually pressure that’s too low.
MOTORCYCLE SAFETY TIP: Most motorcycle tire safety experts recommend checking your tire pressure and tread condition at least once a week. Some even advise that every time you take your bike out is not too often. After all, on a bike, unlike a car, only two tires — and little else — separate you from the pavement. Therefore, it’s important to ensure your tires are roadworthy each and every time you ride.
So…when will YOU have time to check your motorcycle tire pressure?