Two wheels means freedom, but it can also mean danger, and riders often cringe at the mere thought of a tire blow out or simply a flat. A rear tire flat is preferred over a front tire problem since riders are better able to maintain control of the motorcycle, but, of course, neither is desired. Fortunately a solution exists; a motorcycle tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) can give you confidence that your tires are inflated to the proper psi and warn you of danger, possibly avoiding a flat or blow out. The system reports real time tire pressure via a gauge, display or warning light. After the Firestone fiasco of the 1990′s the Tread Act was passed by the Clinton administration requiring all passenger cars, light trucks, multipurpose passenger vehicles, and buses produced after August 31st, 2007 to include a TPMS. The Tread Act does not require motorcycles produced to include TMPS, but there are many aftermarket Motorcycle Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems available.
The alerts provided by a TPMS adds safety and savings by increasing fuel efficiency, extending tire life, decreasing down time and maintenance, and improving stability and handling. Motorcyclists have long been told to check their tire pressure each time they ride, and any time weather or atmospheric conditions change. Under inflated tires can lead to tread separation and tire failure and result in serious accidents. Properly inflated tires can add stability and handling and braking efficiencies, providing a safety net for the rider.
There are two types of TPMS systems for motorcycles: external sensors and internal sensors. The external systems, like the TireGard Motorcycle TPMS, have tire pressure sensors that are installed on the valve stems of each tire, and the pressure information is fed wirelessly to a small display unit. They are easy to install and do not require the cost of professional installation. The internal systems have sensors that are installed inside of the tires, and also feed the tire pressure information wirelessly to a small display unit. However, external systems do require professional installation, which can be costly.
The display unit part of a TPMS allows the rider to see the pressure and/or temperature in real time, and take appropriate action if a warning is displayed. The alarms can be factory set, or set by the operator for different front and rear tire settings.
Under or over-inflated tires can be a real danger to any motorcyclist. Motorcycle Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) are a great way to help prevent an accident caused by improper tire pressure.