The Ultimate Wheel Guide for MCs

by - February 14, 2019


Buying motorcycle tires and custom motorcycle parts online can save you loads of cash. But doing this requires you to make sure you get the right ones for your bike. To help you out, we’ve put together this guide about how to read a motorcycle tire, so you can be informed about not only the tires on your bike now, but what tires you need to replace them.


There are two steps to getting the right tires:

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Choosing the right tire type based on your needs, and
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Determining the correct size for your application.

Choosing the Right Tire Type

To choose the right tire type, you need to examine your bike and riding style to determine which type is appropriate for you. There are four general designations: cruiser, street, dual-sport/ADV, and dirt. Choosing the family of tire you need is the easy part; it becomes more complicated once you get down to specifics, like brand, compound, speed rating, etc. (and at some point it will become simply a matter of personal preference.)

Choosing the Right Tire Size

To choose the right tire size requires that you have knowledge of what the code designators printed on the side of tires mean, and that’s what we’re here to help you decipher.

There are three different methods manufacturers use to designate tire information “alphanumeric, standard inch, and metric”, but the industry standard today is the metric system. The alphanumeric system is very infrequently used, and the standard inch system is no longer used (but may need to be converted to determine what to use as a new replacement.) The vast majority of tire manufacturers use the metric method, and that’s what we’ll be focusing on.

The metric system has five main components, and they are all printed on the tire sidewall. Some are strict measurements, others are codes that indicate something.

Section Width: measurement of the width of the tread, in a straight line from one side to the other. Almost always a three-digit number.

Aspect Ratio: the ratio of a tires width as a percentage of its height; the higher the number, the taller the tire. Usually a two-digit number.

Rim Diameter: measurement of the rim, from one lip to the other, in inches.

Load Rating: a code designating the weight a tire is designed to bear, ranging from low 20s to high 80s (see chart below.)

Speed Rating: an alphabetical code designating the speed a tire is designed to run at safely, when properly inflated and loaded, from J-Z. Not always ordered alphabetically, and can be a little confusing (see manufacturer information.)

The BikeBandit.com has a good range of motorcycle tires and best amp parts for motorcycles that you can choose from. There are very good tips on choosing the right wheels for your bike and other handy tips for every bike enthusiast at the website. Check them out today!

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