It doesn’t matter how long you have been riding or how experienced you are, there will come a time when you experience a flat tire. If you’re lucky, that flat tire will come at a time when you’re already slowing down on the road and you don’t have a full-on blow out. At BBV Powersports, we do more than sell motorcycles at incredible prices, we even offer motorcycle servicing! In the time that we’ve been open, we’ve seen our fair share of flat tires. We’re here to help you understand what to do if your motorcycle gets a flat tire while you are out and about.
How Will You Know If Your Motorcycle Has a Flat Tire?
When it comes to getting a flat tire, you’ll know pretty quickly that something is wrong. Much like when you are behind the wheel of a car, you will feel like your bike is shaking and there will be a loss of power as your tire deflates. This is because your motorcycle tires will cause more friction and make your motorcycle drag. When this happens, you want to carefully, and slowly pull off to the side of the road.
Can You Continue To Ride a Motorcycle on a Flat Tire?
When you get a flat tire, your ride is pretty much over until you get that fixed. You do not want to ride on a flat tire because you will likely cause damage to both your bike and yourself. Riding on a flat tire will wear out the rims and spokes on your motorcycle, cause the tire to shred, and you will likely be hurt in the event of a fall.
What you should do is to gently roll off the throttle and let your bike come to a slow stop. Be sure to avoid any sudden or sharp changes in direction as this could cause you to lose control of your motorcycle. Gently apply the breaks on the wheel that isn’t flat and slowly come to a stop.
Are You Able To Repair Flat Tires Right Away?
If you have a motorcycle tire repair kit, you will most likely be able to repair your flat tire right there on the spot. If not, you will need to bring your motorcycle into a repair shop or service station at BBV Powersports in order for the tire to be replaced. Whether or not you will be able to repair a flat tire right away will also depend on whether or not your tires are tubed.
How Can You Prevent a Flat Tire?
While it may be impossible to prevent a flat once you are on the road. It is all too common to run over a nail that takes the air out of your tire. But there are many ways that you could take preventative measures to ensure that you are prepared for a flat.
First, regularly check your tire pressure along with the overall condition of the tire tread. Riding on low tires can be dangerous so by making sure that you are always ready to hit the road with inflated tires, you can prevent a tire from being overly deflated while you ride.
Additionally, carrying a repair kit with you on your ride can be a great way to get out of a situation where you do get a flat on the side of the road.