Your safety comes first: check your tires
Tires in poor condition can affect the performance of your vehicle and put your safety and that of your loved ones in danger.
It is recommended you check once per week:
- The condition of your tires
- The depths of their treads
- Shock damage or any abnormal sign of wear and tear
It is recommended you check twice per month:
- The pressure of your pneumatic tires.
If in doubt, seek expert advice!
Six reasons to change your tires
1. The Tire is Flat
Although extremely tough and able to withstand numerous shocks, tires can sometimes go flat. In the case of a flat tire, your tire must be examined by a professional mechanic. Only they can assure the inner membrane has not been damaged. If the innerliner or other components are damaged, the tire must be replaced. If a tire is punctured. Michelin recommends replacement of the tire. Use of a Michelin tire that is not in accordance with this information and/or the Michelin Fitment Guide may result in tire failure and/or cause serious injury or death.
2. The Legal Wear Limit has been Reached
Michelin Man markings on the tops of the sidewalls indicate the location of the wear indicators. Resembling small bumps, they are located at the bottom of the main grooves.
When the height of the remaining rubber reaches the level of this mark, the tire has reached its wear limit of 1mm. Michelin highly recommends you change your tires even before reaching this limit in accordance with your state's legal regulation. Once it has been surpassed, the tires can no longer grip the road and perform as they were designed to, especially on wet surfaces. Continuing to ride on a tire that has reached its wear limit is unsafe. Use of a Michelin tire that is not in accordance with this information and/or the Michelin Fitment Guide may result in tire failure and/or cause serious injury or death.
3. The Tires show signs of Environmental Exposure or Poor Maintenance
It’s no easy task to predict the life span of tires, which does not depend on their production date but varies depending on numerous factors. A tire which hasn’t been used at all, or which has only been used lightly, can still be exposed to environmental conditions that reduce its life span. Several factors may affect their service life: weather conditions, storage and usage conditions, load, speed, tire pressure, upkeep, driving style, etc.
Michelin recommends every driver regularly spend a few minutes inspecting their tires to detect any external sign of aging or wear, including deformations or cracks on the tire tread, shoulders, or sidewalls, etc.
Also have them checked out by a professional, who will confirm whether or not they are still good or need to be replaced.
The 5 year test… before it's too late!
After five or more years of use, tires must be checked every year by a professional mechanic. If they need to be changed, follow the manufacturer’s suggestions regarding the replacement of original parts. As a precaution, replace any tire that has not been changed after ten years of service life, even if it seems to be in good condition and hasn’t reached its wear limit.
4. The Tire is Damaged
A sidewalk, pothole, or sharp object can seriously damage a tire. All holes, cuts, or deformations must be carefully inspected by a professional mechanic. Only they can ascertain if they tire is salvageable.
As a general rule, never ride with a damaged or flat tire.
When is a tire irreparable?
- The tire has been punctured, regardless of the size or location of the puncture
- Visible or misshapen beads
- Deformation or detachment of the tread
- Wear or other damage that leaves the canvas, tread casing, or sidewall showing
- Deterioration due to hydrocarbons or corrosive substances
- Streaks or scratches on the inner sides after having ridden with overinflated tires
5. The Tire Displays Abnormal Wear and Tear
Abnormal tire tread wear – located in certain areas, in the center, or on the shoulders – is often the sign of a mechanical problem (worn out shock absorbers, transmission, fastening, etc.) or imbalance. It can also be the result of unsuitable pressure.
To prevent all irregular wear and tear, have the wheel balance inspected every six months. This operation will allow you to prolong the life span of your pneumatic tires, and enjoy a more comfortable ride. The tire wear and tear may otherwise seem excessive compared to its mileage or to other motorcycles riding in the same manner as yours.
In these cases, contact a specialist.
6. The Tires are not Suitable for your Vehicle
Choose your tire in accordance with equipment recommendations for your vehicle. For optimal performance, use tires with identical treads for both the front and back. Tires with a different design, tread, or level of wear and tear risk affecting the vehicle’s functioning and stability.Unless otherwise specified by the manufacturer, never use one radial and one bias-ply tire on the same vehicle.
When it comes time for changing your tires, consult our tire selector or your dealer to make the right choice.