November Safety Thoughts
By Safety Officer Dave Hansen
This month I’d like to return to
a subject I cover at least annually.
Generally I talk about their
importance to handling, stopping and handling.
I talk about the importance of checking & maintaining correct
Today, I’d like to share some
less often discussed tire information.
Our bikes come factory fitted
with Dunlop tires. The information I’m
sharing today comes directly from the Dunlop website.
- Some among us like to keep our bikes really clean
& shiny. That sometimes
extends to the tires & using a protectant product on the tire sidewall
to make it shiny black. Dunlop
does not recommend applying aftermarket protectants or treatments to
tires. They say it can lead to
degradation of the rubber and remove the tire’s inherent ozone cracking
& weather checking resistance
- If you run tubed tires, always replace the tube when
you replace the tire. Old tubes can
be stretched and when re-installed can get creased and then fail due to
- Tires have direction arrows on the sidewall. The arrows are used to ensure tires are
mounted to rotate in the direction of the arrow.
- Dunlop tires have a yellow balance dot on the
sidewall. This dot is supposed to
align with the valve stem when installed on the wheel. It will facilitate wheel/tire balancing.
- New tires require a run-in period of at least 100
miles before hard braking or cornering should be attempted. After the run-in period tire pressures
should be rechecked (waiting at least 3 hours to let the tires cool) and
These and other interesting and
valuable tips can be found at the Dunlop website: www.dunlopmotorcycle.com so if
you’re interested, check it out.
Thanks & Ride Safe!
Words of Safety