The tires are designed to give a smooth ride without slipping when they are inflated to the correct pressure and not overloaded.
If the tires are inflated to too high a pressure, riding becomes rough , the center portion of the tread wears quickly, and the tires are easily damaged.
If inflation pressure is too low, the shoulder portions wear quickly, the cord suffers damage, fuel consumption is high, and handling is poor. In addition, heat builds up and the tire life is greatly shortened.
To ensure safe handling and stability, use only the recommended standard tires for replacement, inflating them to the standard pressure. Also, a certain variation from the standard pressure may be desired depending on riding surface conditions (rain, ice, rough surface, etc.).
Tire Air Pressure (measured when cold)
|Front and||1.0 kg/cm||3.50-8||Trail|
Tire Wear, Damage
Tires must not be used if they are getting bald, or if they are cut or otherwise damaged. As the tire treads wear down, the tire becomes more susceptible to puncture and failure. Ninety percent of tire failures occur during the last 10% of tire life.
Visually inspect the tire for cracks and cuts, replacing the tire in case of severe damage. Remove any imbedded stones or other foreign particles from the tread. Swelling or high spots indicate internal damage, requiring tire replacement unless the damage to the fabric is very minor.
Measure the depth of the tread with a depth gauge, and replace the tire if tread depth is less than the service limit.
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