Buying the Right Tyres for 50cc Scooters

The most vital part of a 50cc scooter is the scooter tyre. Choosing the right type of tyre is very important to ensure maximum safety and better performance. Most motorists prefer to choose top notch tyres which can guarantee comfortable riding as well as excellent performance. Obviously, the quality of a tyre affects the scooter’s ability to ride, including its grip on the road, and the safety and comfort of the rider. With this in mind, it is vital to choose the right type which gives the scooterist the best possible performance for the budget they have. This guide will help you assess the road worthinness of scooter tyres.

There are many kinds of tyre, and all can be found in both offline and online stores – although it’s more likely these days you will find it online. Because of the huge range of 50cc scooters that are available, you will come across many kinds tyres for different sized wheels. This can be confusing. When you combine the two; scooter and tyre, you’ll find selection is really a difficult job. Even so, there are some fundamental things you should know before deciding which scooter tyre to buy.

New vs Old Tyres:
It really is essential that you avoid ‘part worn’ tyres at all costs. Yes, they’re cheaper, but when it comes to safety and longevity, you can’t beat a good old brand new tye. The problem with part worn tyres is that as time passes and the tyre is not being used, the rubber on the tyre stiffens. This can potentially cause cracks in the rubber in harsh weather conditions which obviously affects your grip – and ultimately your saftey. Brand new tyres offer you a sure guarantee that the tyre has been well tested and is ready for sale and use. Safety vs cost; for me, it’s safety first every time.

What Kind of Ride:
There are even tyres that have been ‘designed’ for specific uses. For example, a couple of the tyres available from one well-known online scooter tyre website have been ‘specifically created for smooth rides’ and another pair ‘best suited to harder surfaced streets’. No I don’t know if this is some kind of manufacturer’s ploy to get us all to buy several sets of tyres for different weather conditions but the reality is you do not need more than 1 set of scooter tyres and all they need to be is good quality – that means from a well respected manufacturer or a tyre that has been publically tested. This may sound trivial, but it is important to look into these kinds of claims prior to committing to premium prices.

Scooter Type:
This sounds like an exceptionally obvious thing to consider but you would be surprised at how many times we get sent emails by website users who claim that they were missold tyres. When it comes down to it, the fact is that they have actually bought the wrong kind of tyre for their particular scooter. It’s very rare, because most people understand what they’re doing when they purchase a 50cc scooters tyre but it does happen. All I can advise here is to just double check your tyre sizes before you place your order. To get the correct tyre size either speak to your scooter manufacturer (or visit their website) or go and actually have a look at the tyre. On the rim, there should be some measurements. These sizes vary according to the sort of scooter you have so you should always double check.

Weight and Power:
An additional essential component to think about is the weight and power of the scooter. With 50cc scooters, this is not so much of a problem, as unless you de-restrict your scooter and severely tune it up, you’re not really going to be throwing out enough power to burn through tyres. The same comment applies to 125cc scooters too. If you’re only buying a smaller engine 125cc or less, then you don’t need to really worry about the power load a tyre can take but if you’re considering a more powerful option, you should be sure to check your manufacturers’ guides with the tyre specs. For example, some bikes are heavier so it is necessary to choose thicker tyres to balance the load.

General Considerations:
Unlike cars, scooters call for two entirely different kinds of tyres for the rear and front. The front and rear tyres of a scooter have distinct functions to perform. The front tyres perform the functions of stability, quick riding, turning the handles, stopping and so on. The rear tyres concentrate on the weight from the bikes together with the driver, the energy of acceleration and also the leaning angles.

Because of these functions you’ll find the tread design differs for the front rear tyres. This is normal. When you choose a tyre, select tyres with groves inside the center to ensure that they offer exceptional grip. The groves improve handling and reduce skids on wet surfaces.

And finally, make sure you keep your scooter tyres fully blown up at all times. This not only helps improve overall scooter performance but helps to reduce the amount of energy (and therefore fuel) required to move.

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