Scooter Tyres & Scooter Repair Tips

Tyres and tread wear are one of a riders bigger responsibilities.  Here at the store we encourage the typical rider to check tyre pressures, check oil and clean your mirrors regularly.  In fact, we often hear clients state that we nag them into carrying this out.

It is important that your tyre can expel water effectively during downpours.  Good, even tread depth helps the tyre disperse water and vastly reduce the chance of aqua planing.  In dry conditions a good tyre will also increase grip and reduce braking distances.  Our technicians inspect your tyres during every service and we’ll let you know if we see any signs of fatigue or irregular wear. But keep in mind, that servicing for many only occurs every few months or even once a year.  The rest of the time it is up to each rider to keep an eye on the rest.

Over the years we have developed a strong relationship with tyre brands, in particular Pirelli and Michelin as they offer affordability, longevity and the latest generation technology. Our workshop team rely on a strong relationship with these brands to help us offer the best tyre at the best price for our customers.

If your scooter is in need of tyres, or even if you just need some advice or a quote, contact our workshop coordinator on (02) 9938 5858 (extension 4) or fill in the form below and we’ll be back to you in a flash. 

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PIRELLI TYRES

Here at Scooter Central, we have been using Pirelli tyres for many years. The quality of the product and the feedback we receive from our clients reassures us that we can provide the best available grip and wear combinations for the scooter market.  The range Pirelli provide allow us to provide the ideal tyre that is available to suit your machine and riding style.

It’s easy to get a quote on the correct Pirelli tyre for your scooter.  Simply fill in the form below and we’ll be back to you with a quote in a jiffy.

In the meantime, here is a little information on how most modern scooter tyres are constructed.

Pirellis RADIAL CARCASS CONSTRUCTION

The patented technology enables the structure of both front and rear tyre to be achieved using a radial carcass and a single layer belt made of steel. Depending on the rolling direction of the tyre, the belt is wound circumferentially around the carcass giving an angle of close to 0°.  The advantages of the use of steel are its extremely high rigidity and the possibility to tune the winding spacing thus differentiating the stiffness distribution from shoulder to crown.

Pirelli Tyre
Pirelli Tyre Diagram

TOP TYRE TIPS FROM OUR TECHNICAL TEAM

1. TYRE PRESSURES

Always inflate the tyre to the correct pressure. Be sure to check cold inflation pressure frequently (ideally, once a week). Although many scooter riders love to work on their scoots, many seldom remember to check their scooters tyre pressures. Correct pressures are critical for safe handling. Over inflation or extreme tyre pressure will impair your riding comfort and decrease the size of the contact patch of the tyre with the road. Under inflation or too little air pressure will result in poor handling and the bike will be inclined to “wander”.   Improper and insufficient tyre pressure will also cause rapid tyre wear, an increase in fuel consumption, lower top speed, and provide less control and increase braking distances. Typically most scooters inflate rear tyres to 34lbs and fronts to 32lbs, but this may change for your riding style, and engine capacity.  Click here to contact us for the correct tyre inflation for your model and riding style.

2. RUNNING IN NEW TYRES

For optimum performance, new tyres should be ridden on cautiously for the first 100-200 km. During this run-in period sudden acceleration, heavy braking, and hard cornering must be avoided.

3. TREAD DEPTH

Scooter Central recommends changing tyres once the tread depth is at or below 2mm, or if the tread has reduced to the level of the tread depth indicator.  We can help you with this. Just pop by and see us.  There is no need to book, just call ahead so that we can expect you and we will assess your scooter tyres for free on (02) 9938 5858 (extension 4).

4. TREAD WEAR INDICATORS

Your tread wear indicator can be tricky to spot, but is an ideal measure of the remaining tread life of your tyres.  It’s what we use to gauge the remaining life of your tread.  The easiest way to describe your wear indicator is to imagine your tread as a hill and the bottom of the groove as the valley floor.  If you were to wear the tread right down to the valley floor, you’d simply have a bald (and very ineffective) tyre.Cleverly though, modern tyres have a slight bump in place that sits about 2mm above the valley floor.  These 2mm bumps are only 10mm long, but you will find it if you look closely at a few sections of tread.  Typically they are in the middle of the tread and also towards the outer edges so you get a good idea of how your tyre is wearing.

If the tread has worn down to be even with the wear indicator, you will need a replacement tyre immediately.  If you are unsure, simply pop in and see us and we can assess your tyres for free.

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between front and rear scooter tyres?  Check out some interesting points of difference when our workshop selects tyres for your scooter.The rear tyre has a flatter profile than the front, to provide majority of the acceleration and stability for your bike.  It handles the bulk of the weight of your scooter and would affect handling if put on the front.  Since the rear tire does not turn left and right, it is subject to the lean of the motorcycle. This requires a sturdier tire with a flatter profile to suit.

Meanwhile the front tyre provides up to 80% of the braking power for your scooter. It’s shaped to provide this, rather than shaped for acceleration like the rear tyre.  The most obvious function of the front tyre is turning right and left. The front tyre is often a more triangular shaped for better handling. You would notice this if you were to try to put a rear tyre on the front, as they aren’t shaped for turning and you’d have a hard time turning your scooter properly. Because the front tyres main purpose is braking, the tread isn’t going to be as thick. This would become very obvious if you were to run a front tire on the rear of your motorcycle. You would notice that the tread would wear much quicker.

If you would like a free assessment of your tyres, ride by Scooter Central any time between 8.30-5.30pm Monday – Saturday and one of our team can give you the advise you need.

 

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