Uzone.id – The role of tires on a motorbike is very important, apart from being a motorbike driver, tires have various other important functions.
Such as supporting the weight of the motorcycle, supporting stability when driving through various road terrain, and helping the grip on the asphalt when braking.
Antonius Widiantoro as Public Relations Manager of PT Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing said, tires are an important component of motorcycles, maintenance is quite simple and easy to do independently but is often overlooked by riders.
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“Even though routine maintenance of motorcycle tires can maintain the comfort and performance of the motorcycle itself,” he said.
Given the importance of the role of tires, riders need to pay attention and care for motorcycle tires before they are used to avoid the risks that can arise from neglecting to care for motorcycle tires.
Aware of the importance of understanding in caring for motorcycle tires, Yamaha tries to share some practical tips for caring for motorcycle tires, including:
1. Checking the Outer Appearance of the Tires
If there are cracks, tears, damage due to foreign objects, or bumps, immediately do a tire change to an authorized or trusted repair shop.
For Yamaha motorcycle owners, you can visit the nearest authorized Yamaha dealer or contact the SKY (Yamaha Visiting Service) facility through the My Yamaha App.
Official Yamaha workshops have used tire changers to maintain tire durability and keep the color and condition of the wheels smooth.
2. Checking Tire Life
In general, the age of the tires can reach 5 years, but the driver still has to pay attention to the condition of the tires, especially if the rider is active and regularly uses a motorbike, and often passes on uneven roads.
In addition to ensuring that the outer appearance of the tire is free from cracks, the rider can see the age of the tire from the production code found on the side of the motorcycle tire.
Consists of a 4-digit code seeing the year and week of manufacture. For example, the Yamaha Gear has the code 0422, meaning that the tire was made in week 4 or January 2022.
3. Checking Tire Groove Thickness
The tire has an indicator to show tire tread wear (TWI = Tread Wear Indicator) with a triangular “â–²” marker on the sidewall of the tire.
If any of the wear indicators are visible on the surface, then the tire grooves can barely function as drainage in rainy weather. In this case, be sure to replace the tires.
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4. Make sure the tire pressure is up to standard
Checking tire pressure can be done in cold conditions by using a tire pressure gauge.
Make sure the tire pressure is according to the size and type of motorcycle listed in the owner’s manual, for example on a Yamaha Gear 125 scooter, with a standard pressure of 29 Psi for the front tire and 33 Psi for the rear tire.
The ideal tire air pressure will maintain stability and comfort, especially at high speeds and turns, and reduce tire life.
5. Using Standard Tires
Always use tires that are in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations to avoid a decrease in motorcycle performance that can pose a risk of riding.
6. Make sure to carry the load according to the capacity of the tire.
Check the load capacity of motorcycle tires before driving, to prevent overloading which poses a risk of danger when driving.
Riders can see the load capacity of the motorcycle tires through the 3-digit number after the tire size data. For example on Yamaha Gear 80/80-14M/C 43P, where the last 3 digits 43P means:
43 = Maximum load 155kg
P = Maximum speed limit 150 km/h