Replacing motorcycle tires should be done
with great care, because unlike automobile
tires, motorcycle tires play a large role
in the stability of the motorcycle. When
changing tires, first and foremost, consult
the manufacturer's user and maintenance guide
for the specific requirements and characteristics
required for safe operation.
Switching between radial and biased ply tires
on a motorcycle is just one example of a
way that you can introduce a problem if you
are not careful. Because the two types of
tires have different deflection, cornering,
and damping characteristics, most motorcycles
are engineered for a specific type of tire.
Do not change between or intermix radial
and bias ply tires unless specifically permited
by the motorcycle manufacturer.
Finally, when installing new
tires or reinstalling
old ones, make sure that you
have the directional
arrow on the tire pointed in
the proper direction.
Some tires have a direction-specific
pattern that is ineffective in
should motorcycle tires be reversed
they start to wear or else they
an uneven ride.