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Motorcycle tyres are available in various types and designs in good specialist tyre shops. Before the positive characteristics of the tyres can be optimally utilized, a certain operating temperature is required. Broadly speaking, motorcycle tyres with soft rubber mixtures require higher operating temperatures than those with tough rubber mixtures. Therefore, reaching the best operating temperature of motorcycle tyres always depends on the tyre construction. In order to achieve the proper operating temperature of the tyres on a consistent basis, they can either be broken in or machined.

Rubber mixture is critical in motorcycle and motorbike tyres

During the breaking in or machining process, the structures are aligned in the respective rubber of motorcycle tyres. This leads to the development of specific properties of motorcycle tyres. However, these can vary from model to model. Influencing factors include braking performance, agility, traction, cornering stability, steering precision, rolling resistance, cold grip, warm grip, and driving stability. As a rule of thumb, motorcycle tyres should broken in for approx. 210 km. It should be noted that in colder weather, it can take much longer for a motorcycle to be brought to the appropriate operating temperature. The time to achieve the operating temperature as well as the optimum height are generally directly specified by the manufacturer or motorcycle tyre supplier. However, this may only be an approximation and may not be tyre-specific. Safe driving with motorcycle tyres is ensured when the temperatures are checked and controlled according to certain predetermined times. Only then is it possible to determine whether the operating temperature was actually reached. One should always keep in mind that motorcycle tyres that have not been sufficiently broken in may be life threatening. Such tyres often cause unpredictable fishtailing.

The importance of international motorcycle tyre labeling

In recent years, the tyre markings of motorcycle tyres have been standardized worldwide. Motorcycle tyres are currently marked in accordance with the Japanese tyre standard JATMA. On the side of the tyres, you can find a series of numbers and letters that provide information about the maximum load, production date,, rim diameter (e.g. 16 inches), type of construction, and speed rating as well as the height and width of the tyres.

The tyre code is read from left to right and is clearly deciphered and identified with the aid of special label tables. If you would like to compare motorcycle tyres, it must be clear which dimensions are permitted for your model. The same applies to car tyres. You can perform an online price comparison in order to find the lowest prices for your motorcycle tyres. The tyre width must always be adapted to the rim width. For certain types of motorcycles, only certain types of wheels and tyres have been approved. The height of a motorcycle tyre (tyre section) is usually indicated as a percentage. The value of the tyre height is directly proportional to the width.

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