Motorcycle and ATV/SxS Tire Safety

Failure to follow these guidelines can result in accelerated tread wear and may cause catastrophic tire failure. This may result in accident, injury, or death.

  • Consult your owner’s manual for specific tire information.
  • Clearance around tires must be maintained. Check with the motorcycle/ATV manufacturer before attempting to mount tire sizes which differ from those stated in the owner’s manual. Altering the tire size may require a different rim size. For this reason, we suggest you consult your dealer to be sure the rim size is compatible before making any changes to the tire size on your vehicle. Be sure adequate clearance is maintained at all times.
  • When replacing tube-type tires, be sure to replace the inner tubes. Stretched inner tubes can crease and fail due to the thinning of the inner tube rubber. Make sure the inner tube size matches the tire size. Consult your motorcycle dealer for correct rim band replacement.
  • The air pressure inside the tire is critical to its handling characteristics and load capability. Check cold tire pressure with an accurate tire pressure gauge before every ride. Tire pressure should not be adjusted immediately after a tire has been in use.
  • Follow tire pressure guidelines located in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. Never exceed maximum inflation pressure indicated on your tire’s sidewall.
  • Check valve cores. Tighten for correct seating. If valve cores are damaged, replace them.
  • Check tires for damage before and after riding. Punctured, cracked, bulging or blistered tires should be replaced immediately. If not replaced, damage can result, including sudden and complete tire failure.
  • After replacing worn tires, take time to become acquainted with the handling and performance of your new tires. Check inflation pressure frequently and adjust if needed.
  • Tire mounting and dismounting should be handled by professionals. Improper mounting or incorrectly mounted tires can lead to damage to the tire, wheel and/or vehicle and injury or death.
  • Tire and wheel assemblies should be balanced before use and each time the tire is removed or replaced. Failure to do so will result in accelerated tread wear.
  • Check for broken or damaged spokes and replace them as necessary.
  • Tires marked as front or rear tires should only be used in their designated position.
  • Do not retread, regroove, sipe or otherwise modify tires.
  • Do not use dry or liquid balancers. Do not use liquid sealants.
  • Do not store tires in direct sunlight for extended periods of time. Store unmounted tires indoors at temperatures above 32°F.
  • Allowing tires to stand in oil or gasoline may have an adverse effect on the rubber compounds of the tire.
  • Do not mix radial and bias construction tires unless specifically recommended by the manufacturer as the original equipment of the vehicle.
  • Never chemically treat tires (i.e. “soaking” or using tire softener in an attempt to alter tire compound).
  • Never operate a vehicle beyond the speed rating denoted on the sidewall of the tires. Do not exceed the load rating denoted on the tire sidewall. These situations can cause tire damage, possibly resulting in catastrophic tire failure.
  • Wheel alignment is critical to tread life and tire safety. Replace bent or damaged rims or wheels immediately. 

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