The tyre is the most essential part of any bike and while riding it, tyres are the only components that make contact with the road. It implies that all of the bike's high-tech features and performance can only be transmitted onto the road via tyres. The rubber of the tyres must be in good condition since the efficiency of your bike’s performance is dependent upon it. Even though tyres are an important component of your bike, they sometimes go unnoticed. 

 

It is important to maintain the condition of your bike's tyres and maintain the proper bike tyre pressure in order to enjoy a worry-free and uninterrupted ride. 

Recommended Tyre Pressure For Bikes According to Tyre Sizes

The optimum bike tyre pressure depends on the size of the tyre. If your bike has optimum tyre pressure, it will ensure greater stability during the ride and also enhance the mileage efficiency. The bike tyre pressure is also dependent on whether you ride your bike solo or along with a pillion rider. 

 

Here's a two-wheeler tyre pressure chart with information on the appropriate pressure for the front, and rear or pillion tyres based on tube type.

Size of the Tyre

Tube Type (TT)/ Tubeless (TL)

Tyre Pressure - Front (F) and Rear (R) Solo

Tyre Pressure - Front (F) and Rear (R) Pillion

90/100 R10 (F) & (R)

Tube Type

20 PSI (F) & 26 PSI (R)

20 PSI (F) & 32 PSI (R)

90/100 10 (F) & (R)

Tubeless

22 PSI (F) & 29 PSI (R)

22 PSI (F) & 36 PSI  (R)

120/70 14 (F) & (R)

Tubeless

20 PSI (F) & 32 PSI (R)

29 PSI (F) & 34 PSI (R)

90/90 12 (F) & (R)

Tubeless 

24 PSI (F) & 28 PSI (R)

24 PSI (F) & 32 PSI (R)

110/70 (F) & 120/70 10 (R)

Tubeless 

20 PSI (F) & 26 PSI (R)

20 PSI (F) & 32 PSI (R)

Here are a few points on how you can check the pressure of the tyres of your two-wheeler. 

1. Inspection and Tyre Pressure Checking

Examine for any indications of punctures while you inspect the tyres of your two-wheeler. A rupture or loss of suction might be caused by a tiny screw or piece of metal. Lack of air pressure in the tyre may also be a result of breaking or bulging. Make sure to forward and backward roll your bike to inspect the whole tyre surface.

2. Measuring Tyre Pressure

The amount of air in your bike's tyres is very important since it has a significant impact on how your bike handles and how it rides. The tyres will rapidly begin to degrade if they are not properly filled. Therefore, it is crucial to frequently check your  bike tyre pressure. Before you start riding your bike, check the tyre pressure. Since the tyres are cool, this is the ideal moment to check the air pressure. As the motorbike moves, the temperature of the tyres warms up, changing the pressure and density of the air within. 

 

For suggested PSI levels, always consult your owner's handbook. Use the pressure values stated on the sidewall if your motorbike has non-standard tyre sizes. 

3. Adding Tyre Pressure Accordingly 

After properly inspecting the tyres, blow them up with compressed air to the prescribed pressure. Don't bloat them too much. Simply expelling the additional air will restore the over-inflated tyres to their proper pressure.

 

After a few hours of riding, examine the tyres. You should be aware that your tyres are operating too hard if you detect a pressure increase of more than 10%. If this occurs, stop and lighten your burden while riding.

 

In addition to checking the tubeless tyre pressure or tube tyre pressure, you should also look at the tread, which keeps the bike from sliding in slick weather. Consider replacing the tyres if the tread is worn out or less than a quarter inch.

Tubeless Vs Tube Tyre

Even while many two-wheelers now have tubeless tyres, most customers are still unaware of how exactly they vary from traditional tube-type tyres or even what advantages one kind has over the other. Here are a few points that will help you to differentiate between them. 

1. Tubeless tyres are a better option in case of puncture  

A tube tyre is dependent on a tube to maintain pressure. If the tube within the tyre is punctured by a screw or other object, there is nothing that could stop the air from leaking out of the tube. When your bike tyre is punctured, you'll notice that it loses air within minutes. On the other hand, as a tubeless tyre lacks this tube, if a screw, for example, punctures the tyre and manages to remain there, you actually obtain a reasonable seal between the hole the screw has made and the screw itself. It may take days before you detect any deflation, even though a punctured tubeless tyre will ultimately lose air pressure.

 

Additionally, tubeless tyres often have somewhat thicker sidewalls than tube tyres, which prevents them from collapsing quickly even after they have completely lost air pressure.

2. Tubeless tyres are easy to repair 

Most of the time if a tubeless tyre develops a puncture, it is not necessary to remove the tyre from the wheel since the hole may be sealed with a specific tubeless wire plug whereas the wheel is still attached to the bike. 

 

Tube tyres require the wheel to be removed from the bike and the tyre to be removed from the rim in order to reach the tube within and repair the puncture.

3. Rims are important for tubeless tyres 

Tubeless tyres often only function with alloy rims because wire spoke wheels have holes down the centre for the spokes to pass through. This implies that when used with a wire spoke wheel, a tubeless tyre won't be able to retain pressure. The more costly side-laced wire spoke wheels, which thread the spokes from the lip of the wheel rather than the centre, are required if you wish to utilise tubeless tyres on wire spoke wheels. Moreover, since tubeless tyres depend on a strong seal between the rim's lip and the tyre, a bent or broken wheel lip will result in continued pressure loss for tubeless tyres.

4. Tubeless tyres are expensive 

In order to maintain structural soundness, tubeless tyres often need to have stronger sidewalls and superior construction because they don't rely on a separate tube to maintain pressure. And even when you include in the additional cost of the tube for a tube tyre, it leaves them slightly more pricey than equivalent tube tyres.

Conclusion

In addition to the other features of a bike like an engine, brakes, etc, tyres are also the most significant part of your bike. You should always check for bike tyre pressure in order to eliminate the chances of accidents and other mishaps. You can also refer to the above-mentioned bike tyre pressure chart to know more.

FAQs

  • ✔️Are tubeless tyres more expensive than tube tyres?

    Tubeless tyres typically require enhanced sidewalls and improved design to preserve structural soundness since they do not rely on a separate tube to sustain pressure. Even when you include the increased cost of the tube for a tube tyre, they are still slightly more expensive than identical tube tyres.

  • ✔️Which is better, tubeless or tube tyres?

    Tubeless tyres are thought to be the finest option because it requires less maintenance and is less prone to punctures.  Even if a tubeless tyre punctures, the motorcycle does not come to an abrupt stop. The tubeless tyre  also provides better fuel savings.

  • ✔️Can tubeless tyres be used at low pressure?

    Yes, tubeless tyres can be used with low pressure. The lack of a tube allows a tubeless tyre to run at low tyre pressures. Moreover, some tubeless tyres have a liquid sealant that seeps through the puncture and dries to seal the puncture, allowing you to ride the bike smoothly.

  • ✔️What is the shelf life of tubeless tyres?

    Tubeless tyres have a life expectancy of 2 to 10 years. However, it might differ depending on the brand and usage

  • ✔️What is the lifespan of tube tyres?

    Tube tyres are believed to have a three-year lifespan. After that, even if it is not damaged, individuals should replace it to reduce the risk of slipping and accidents.