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For reasons of safety and in order to optimise the life expectancy of any tyre it is essential to ensure that it is correctly inflated at all times. Running with correctly inflated tyres in accordance with the tyre manufacturer's recommendations also makes a significant contribution to straight-line and cornering handling, including under braking and at low speeds. Running under-inflated tyres can lead to premature wear and irreversible damage, and greatly increases the risk of tyre creep or the possibility of unseating the tyre, even when using rim locks.
To find out everything you need to know about tyre pressure for on road, off road and on track motorbike, read our guide.
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It is essential to check your motorcycle tyre pressure every two weeks and before any long journey when the tyres are cold (i.e. a tyre that has not run for at least two hours or has run for less than 3 km at a reduced speed). Ensure that you make adjustments if you take the pressure after riding, i.e. with "hot" tyres. In this instance, refer to the manufacturer's recommendations.
These recommendations are applicable for tyres used on the road.
There are additional recommendations for off road and track pressure.
Off road motorcycle tyre pressure recommendations are only suitable for limited durations, speeds and loads on sealed high speed surfaces such as roads. Increased tyre pressures are advised for unavoidable road use, prolonged road use should be avoided altogether.
These are the motorcycle tyre pressures recommended by Michelin depending on the terrain, the weather conditions, the power of the bike and the type of control:
OFF ROAD PRESSURES
Minimum Recommended pressures
MICHELIN StarCross 6
MICHELIN StarCross 5
MICHELIN Enduro Xtrem (rear)
MICHELIN Enduro Medium
MICHELIN Enduro Hard (front)
MICHELIN Desert Race
MICHELIN Desert Race BAJA (rear)
MICHELIN Trial Competition
MICHELIN Trial Competition X11
MICHELIN Trial Light
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The design of Trial tyres makes them tricky to mount. You run the risk of breaking bead wires if you press too hard. Carefully adhere to the fitting instructions for insertion of the rim hooks (lubricate, firmly hold the bead on the opposite side in the rim hollow - do not exert excessive force on the bead). To inflate, position a rubber ring between the tyre bead and rim or use a firmly tightened strap on the tyre crown to enable initial pressurizing pressurising.
The tread provides most of the tyre's grip on the ground. With wear, the tyre's grip decreases. So remember to regularly check your tyres for signs of wear: visually check the depth of the tread and the uniformity of the wear. Tyre pressure also has a direct impact on wear.
Careful! There are two classifications for the same tyre dimension.
For example : a 140/80-18 Enduro tyre corresponds to a 120/90-18 Motocross tyre (see our table below).
The width of Motocross tyres is measured at the base of the studs, whereas the width of Enduro tyres is measured at the widest point, i.e. at the top of the studs
Correct pressure enables optimum performance levels to be achieved.
The pressure should be set at ambient temperature and depends on the tyres you have chosen to mount on your motorcycle:
MINIMUM COLD TYRE PRESSURE WITH TYRE AND WHEEL RIM AT AMBIENT TEMPERATURE (1)
TARGET PRESSURE WHEN HOT
MICHELIN Power Performance
2.3 to 2.5 bar
1.5 to 1.7 bar
MICHELIN Power Slick 2
MICHELIN Power Cup 2 (3)
MICHELIN Power Cup Evo (3)
MICHELIN Power Rain - Drying
MICHELIN Power Rain - Wet
MICHELIN Power Rain - Soaking wet
MICHELIN Power SuperMoto
MICHELIN Power SuperMoto Rain - Drying
MICHELIN Power SuperMoto Rain - Wet
MICHELIN Power SuperMoto Rain - Soaking wet
MICHELIN Power GP (3)
1) Pressure taken with tyre and rim at ambient temperature, just before the first ride or just before installing the tyre warmers.
(2) Michelin recommends setting the tyre warmer temperature to 194°F
(3) After riding on the track and before street riding, you will need to adjust the cold tyre pressure to the manufacturers’ recommended setting
For riders competing with the MICHELIN Power Performance range, Michelin’s technical teams can provide on-the-spot advice on adjusting motorcycle tyre pressure depending on:
MICHELIN Power Slick ², MICHELIN Power Cup ², MICHELIN Power Cup EVO and MICHELIN Power GP are designed to have a short warm-up time: use of tire warmers is not mandatory.