Last Updated on June 16, 2021 by Theodore Spaulding
As an Alpharetta motorcycle accident lawyer, I know that a lot of riders drive four-wheeled vehicles and are weekend warriors with bikes. They don’t ride them every day. You’re riding your everyday four-wheel vehicle to and from work and picking up the kids and everything else.
Check Your Motorcycle Tires More Than Your Car Tires
What we tend to forget as motorcycle riders is that motorcycle tires don’t hold as much air as your ordinary tire, which is typically 32 to 35 PSI. What a lot of folks do is get lulled into the thought process of check your air pressure on your bike tires just as much as you do in your other vehicles.
You can’t do that because there’s so much less air naturally in the bike tires than an ordinary four-wheel vehicle. In fact, it’s recommended that you check your motorcycle tire pressure once a week.
Obviously, that can depend on how much you use it. If you’re a weekend warrior and you ride once a week, maybe you don’t need to do it once a week, but you definitely want to do it way more often than when you’re checking your car tire pressure. This is because you lose a lot of traction, a lot of feeling, and it’s not as safe.
Tools That Help Monitor Motorcycle Tire Pressure
Also, it is important to get a compressor or a gauge. There’s a lot of handheld electronic air pressure compressors that you can keep in the compartments of your bike or even your jacket.
I recently received a recommendation from someone in my Facebook group about a product that is sensors you can put on the stem of your tire. It’s about $39.99 for two of them, and they will blink red for up to 750 hours straight if your tire pressure is too low, which gives you yet another reminder.
These are called ride on LED smart caps. There are a number of providers or your local motorcycle shop probably has them. It can save a life or prevent an injury due to low tire pressure, so obviously it is worth it.
Check those tires, keep them with proper air in them, and get some sensors. It’s the easiest way to do it. That way you will never have the risk of running low.
For close to 15 years, Mr. Spaulding has helped victims of negligence across the state of Georgia resolve personal injury disputes, and he’s received a remarkable number of awards and honors from the legal community recognizing his commitment to clients and to the metro-Atlanta area.
As an undergraduate, Mr. Spaulding belonged to the Phi Beta Kappa honors fraternity at the University of Georgia, and he obtained his legal training at the Georgia State College of Law, where he clerked for the Honorable Judge Rowland Barnes of the Fulton County Superior Court. Mr. Spaulding has also worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Atlanta Enforcement Division. Since 2005, he has dedicated his career to helping the injured victims of negligence and their loved ones win justice in Georgia’s personal injury courts.