The correct pressure to inflate your dirt bike tubes to will vary from track to track but the majority of dirt bike tyres run between 10-20psi. If you aren’t sure you can check your owner’s manual, the harder you inflate your tyre the less grip you will have. If your tyre is too soft it will give a very spongy feel and roll more on the rim through corners affecting your performance.
Inflating your tyres to around 16psi tends to be a popular choice but again, check your owner’s manual and if you are at a track don’t be scared to ask other riders. You should check your tyre pressures before every time you throw your leg over your bike as they can vary a lot every hour and this will affect your performance a great deal!
Also, some tyre brands require more pressure than others to get the right feel. Michelin Starcross 5 tyres typically need a higher pressure as they have a softer tyre carcas construction than others.
Other issues you can encounter with incorrect tyre pressures are:
- Tube or tyre failure, punctures
- Cause uneven tyre wear
- Under inflation can cause the tyre to come off the bead
Do new motocross tyres have a break in period?
There is no break in period for new motocross tyres, however we do suggest to ease into riding on a fresh set of rubber particularly if you have changed size, tread, brand or rubber compound. Get a feel for your new shoes to work out how well they hang on before you go full throttle into a corner or you may end up on the ground before you have even worked up a sweat!
Check out the massive range of Dirt Bike Tyres at MXstore:
- Bridgestone Dirt Bike Tyres
- Dunlop Dirt Bike Tyres
- IRC Dirt Bike Tyres
- Michelin Dirt Bike Tyres
- Motoz Dirt Bike Tyres
- Pirelli Dirt Bike Tyres
If you have any further questions regarding tyre selection don’t hesitate to contact the friendly MXstore team