Tire Pressure

Tire Pressure

Tire pressure is easy to ignore. Lots of us are guilty of that.  It gets checked occasionally by most riders and it normally stays about the same, right?  In fact, tires lose air pressure constantly.  On average, tires will lose about 1 psi per month.

Sometimes it is hard to measure the difference, but motorcyclists should keep in mind that tire pressure is related to handling, and handling is related to survival.  Maintaining the proper motorcycle tire air pressure is critical to how a bike handles in corners and on straight roads too.  On straights, you may experience wandering or a tendency of the front tire to wobble a bit.

During cold weather months, tire pressure checks become even more important.  According toSaferCar.gov, tires in general lose about 1 psi for every 10 degree drop in outside temperature.  With that in mind, the best practice is to check your tire pressure often, and to keep a decent tire pressure gauge in your tool kit, or somewhere on your bike so you have no excuse not to check.