Tyre pressure advice from Avon

Avon Tyres is advising us to check our tyre pressures ahead of the long motorcycling summer.

Peter McNally, Avon Tyres’ Technical Product Manager for Motorcycle tyres says: “Tyre pressures on a motorcycle are critical to the safety of the rider aboard it – there’s no other way of putting it.

"The tyre’s connection with the road has to be perfect and if the tyre is under inflated after a winter’s lay-off, the bike will not handle properly and it could be dangerous.

“During testing for our range of tyres – including our new VP2 Sports tyres – we have seen how under-pressure tyres can degrade handling, affect steering, as well as leading to increased and un-even tyre wear.”

Here are Avon’s top tips…

  • Make sure you use an accurate tyre pressure gauge – the ones found on the forecourt of your local service station could easily be out by several psi
  • Know what the optimum tyre pressures are, front and rear, for your bike and tyres fitted; keep a note of them in your wallet or under the seat
  • Checking your tyre pressures should be at least a weekly ritual, more often if you commute to work on your motorcycle
  • If you get into the habit, you’ll spot other safety concerns, such as when your chain needs adjusting or when your tyres are coming to the end of their life