Unlike with cars, it’s virtually impossible to carry around a spare tire in most motorcycles. But that doesn’t mean there’s no hope in the case of a surprise flat tire. Here are the best ways to stay safe and get back on the road after a tire goes flat.
GET OFF THE ROAD
Riding long term on a tire that’s rapidly leaking air can have serious side effects for both bike and biker. If a rider even suspects they may have a flat, they should pull over to the side of the road immediately to assess. It’s important to avoid downshifting or braking until at a slower speed and then slowly applying breaks to the wheel that isn’t suspected of being flat.
TOPPING TIRES OFF WITH COMPRESSED AIR
For slow-leaking flats, compressed air may be the difference between making it to a gas station or waiting on the side of the road for hours. Although refilling the tire with compressed air isn’t a long term solution by any means, it can make tires rideable when a service station is immediately out of reach.
HAVE A TIRE-REPAIR KIT ON HAND
Many tire repair kits specifically made for motorcyclists are small enough to be carried in case of emergency. These kits will include the tools needed to plug a tire when other options aren’t available. However, plugging a tire isn’t always the safest solution and can lead to needing replacement parts if the puncture is too close to the sidewall. When possible, these repairs should be completed by a professional.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR FUTURE FLATS
It only takes one miserable flat tire experience for bikers to never want to go through it again. Luckily, there are a few simple ways to reduce the likelihood of springing a leak. Regularly checking tire-pressure tread levels is a good preventative measure, as riding on low pressure can create unnecessary wear and lead to a flat. Of course, flats caused by road debris are often unpreventable, so make sure to have a repair kit and compressed air just in case.
Although plugging or refilling flat tires can be a good solution in a pinch, it’s important to have your ride regularly serviced, especially after a flat. For more information about our services or to learn more about our inventory, call Town & Country Sports Center at 517-236-7203 today.