4. Tires


Tires rank right up there with your bike’s brakes. A tire’s air pressure determines its profile, which, in turn, affects a motorcycle’s handling. If you regularly check your tire’s air pressure, you don’t need to check it every ride, but you should check the tread for foreign objects every time you walk to your bike to ride it. Ideally you’d roll the bike to check the entire circumference of the tire before every ride; realistically, it won’t happen that often. However, if you look at your tires every time you walk up to your bike, you’ll check the bulk of the tire’s surface after two or three stops. You’ll be surprised how frequently you notice something stuck in the tread, and when you do, don’t immediately pull the object out – especially if you’re in a remote location and don’t have a tire repair kit.