Today let’s start exploring some of the characteristics and possible problems our vehicles can have. Whether you drive a car, a truck, a bigger truck, or ride a motorcycle, there are things that will indicate if something has gone “off” with our vehicle. All of us will recognize when there is a major problem like smoke, flames, steam, or a blow-out, but often times it’s the little things that will help us to avert the major, and perhaps more dangerous occurrences. Not only will good observation warn us against greater problems, it almost always saves us money!
A good place to start today is with tires. It is important to purchase a tire that is properly rated for the vehicle that you are driving, and for the intended use of that vehicle. Tires are governed by DOT, (Department of Transportation) they make sure that the tire performs at a minimum standard. As the consumer, you should have a good idea of whether you are best served by a hard tire, or softer tire. The harder tire gets greater mileage, the softer tire usually give you better traction. I would say that the next thing would be to know the proper tire pressure for the tire and vehicle in use.
Let’s switch over for a moment to Motorcycles! Motorcycle tires are also governed by Department of Transportation. There are a large variety of uses for motorcycle tires, ranging from cruisers, to off-road, to sports profile, and road racing. It is also important to know about the tread on your tires, or lack there of. If we go to the racetrack, our tires will be used in accordance with what we are riding or racing. If we are on what is classified as a “Super Sport”, or “Super Stock” machine we will ride, or race on a tire with very light or sparse tread. If we are on a full works bike, or “Super Bike” it will have slicks, (no tread). Everything that has to do with high-performance calls for top specifications, and accurate settings. Tires and air-pressure are critical in best performance scenarios.
One of the most important things we can do is pay attention to how our tires wear. This will give us very good information about what is going on with the rest of the vehicle. Not only does this tell us about our tire pressure, but about our suspension also.
Many motorcycle instructors believe that the first steps in going faster are proper synchronization of tires and suspension.
The last tire in this section will be rain tires. If you have never seen a motorcycle rain tire up close, it is worth checking out. Motorcycle rain tires are very soft, and have very linear tread patterns. The cut of the tread is very close together. It is amazing how much traction a rider gets with rain tires. The down-side of rain tires is that as the ground begins to dry, the tire begins to disintegrate rapidly. Experience and good planning are needed to run successfully with rain tires.
Well let’s bring it to a close for today. Know your vehicle.
Until next time…
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