The correct air pressure for a motorcycle tire is determined by the manufacturer and is usually indicated on a sticker or placard on the motorcycle itself, or in the owner’s manual. It is important to check the air pressure in your motorcycle tires regularly, as under-inflated tires can cause poor handling and increased wear, while over-inflated tires can reduce traction and increase the risk of a puncture.
To check the air pressure in your motorcycle tires, you will need a reliable air pressure gauge. You can use either a digital or a mechanical gauge, but it’s important to choose one that is accurate and easy to read. Once you have the gauge, follow these steps to check the air pressure in your motorcycle tires:
- Remove the valve cap from the tire’s valve stem and place the air pressure gauge onto the stem.
- Hold the gauge firmly in place and press down on the handle or button to release the air from the tire.
- Read the air pressure indicated on the gauge and compare it to the recommended pressure for your motorcycle’s tires.
- If the air pressure is too low, use a motorcycle air pump to add air to the tire until it reaches the recommended pressure. If the air pressure is too high, use the air pump to release some of the air from the tire until it reaches the recommended pressure.
It’s important to note that the recommended air pressure for your motorcycle’s tires may be different for the front and rear tires, so be sure to check and adjust the pressure in both tires as needed. Also, be sure to check the air pressure in your tires when they are cold, as the pressure can increase as the tires heat up from riding. Finally, always replace the valve cap after checking the air pressure to keep dirt and moisture out of the tire’s valve stem.