tires / winter storage


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hap2
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tires / winter storage

Post by hap2 » Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:36 am



Why do some people say there is a danger of doing damage to motorcycle tires just sitting on asphalt, concrete, (or even just grass) on the side stand all winter without being moved?

Is it the material (concrete or asphalt) itself? Or maybe it’s the rubber of the tires? Many seem to be concerned about this & think one’s bike should be up in the air all winter. Just wondering as I’ve had my bike in unheated garages all winter on it’s sidestand 3 or 4 winters (as well as just plain outside in the back yard (with a cover over it) sitting on frozen ground one winter with absolutely no damage done.

Thanks in advance for the feedback.



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Re: tires / winter storage

Post by tfdeputydawg » Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:30 pm

There is no danger to "modern" tires!
This myth stems from the days of nylon tires that would flat spot if parked for long periods of time.

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Re: tires / winter storage

Post by hap2 » Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:40 am

I had a feeling about that . Thank you for confirming that.

So maybe still seem to relieve the myth

Do I even need to adjust the air in the tires before putting it away for the winter?

Thanks again

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Re: tires / winter storage

Post by themainviking » Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:38 am

Check the air in the tires every month or so to ensure the pressures are where they are supposed to be, although even with only ten or so pounds of air, they will hold their shape. Just do not allow them to get flat and sit that way over the winter.


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