The 10 most important questions about motorcycle tyres
(and the answers!)
1. What is the mandatory or preferred tyre pressure for motorcyle tyres?
The recommended tyre pressure is set by the manufacturer of your motorcycle. You can find the information in the manual or a sticker on the bike itself (often on the swingarm). If you don’t have the manual, these can often be found on the internet and, if all else fails, an official dealer will be able to help.
2. Which type of tyre is best for my motorcycle?
To find the right tyre and the best recommendation, we advise you to use the Bridgestone tyre catalogue. You can access the catalogue via this link: https://www.bridgestone.co.uk/motorcycle-tyres/tyre-catalog/
3. Can I use different types of tyres, or even brands, on the front and the rear of my bike?
We strongly advise against this. Bridgestone motorcycle tyres are developed to give the best combined performance between front and rear tyres. We therefore recommend that you use a single type for your motorbike.
4. What is the average mileage I can put on a motorcycle tyre?
The average life and mileage expectancy are heavily dependent on the vehicle and the conditions of use. We recommend taking into account seven factors affecting the durability of a tyre:
- The inflation pressure
- The load that is being transported
- The speed of the vehicle
- The riding style (braking and acceleration)
- The type of surface
- The air temperature
- The twistiness of the road
Apart from that, not every type of motorcycle tyre offers the same mileage. Sports tyres are performance oriented and will offer less mileage – but more grip – than a touring tyre. At Bridgestone we are proud to be able to combine excellent grip with great mileage on tyres that require both aspects.
5. Is an inner tube required for motorcycles?
As a rule of thumb, you need to use an inner tube if your tyre is marked as ‘tube type’ or if your wheel is a tube type. However; there are exceptions to the rule. Bridgestone uses a UM letter code to define tyres with a marking ‘Tubeless, use tube on a tube type rim’. This means the tyre is developed as a tubeless tyre within rim standards for a tubeless rim. But this tyre can still be used on a tube type rim, using an inner tube. These tyres have been tested and validated regarding inner liner friction and bead setting.
6. Where can I find a retailer or tyre centre?
To find a retailer near you, we recommend to use Bridgestone’s ‘where to buy’ tool: https://www.bridgestone.co.uk/motorcycle-tyres/.
Find a dealer near you, in just a few clicks.
7. What is the recommended tread depth on motorcycle tyres?
We recommend removing the tyres before they reach the treadwear indicator bars. This can vary from 1mm to 1,6mm depending on local regulations.
Worn/unworn tyre combinations and worn tyres used in wet conditions can result in deteriorated handling.
8. Do my motorcycle tyres need maintenance?
The best maintenance for a tyre, is a correct tyre pressure. Remember also to never use protectants, cleaners or silicone based sprays to enhance your tyre appearance.
9. My motorcycle tyre is not worn, but it’s old. Is it still good to use?
Tyres have a four-digit number stamped on the sidewalls indicating the week and year they were manufactured and this is useful information, especially if you are buying a used bike. Tyre condition can deteriorate with age. Main factors are change in temperature, UV rays and humidity.
10. How long does it take to reach a safe motorcycle tyre temperature?
Getting your tyre up to a good operational temperature depends on a number of things. Bridgestone tyres are known to have a relative short time to warm up. Nevertheless, other factors come in play. The temperature of the road, the components used in the tyre, your riding style and atmospheric conditions are important. As a rule of thumb, braking and accelerating will help warm up a tyre faster than doing zig-zag movements. On a normal day, gradually increase accelerating and braking during the first 10 minutes and you’ll be fine!