How to Handle a Tire Blowout While Riding a Motorcycle
With today's tubeless tires, actual blowouts are rare, but may
still occur. When tires do fail, the most common cause is improper tire
pressure, usually pressure that's too low. Checking the overall condition
and pressure levels of your tires frequently can go a long way toward
ensuring you'll never experience a blowout.
However, if one of your motorcycle's tires should fail while you're
riding, you'll need to react quickly and decisively to avert crash. So take
a few minutes now to familiarize yourself with the following steps for
successfully handling motorcycle tire blowouts:
1. Ease off the throttle and slow down gradually.
2. Do not use the brakes. Braking, especially braking hard, will
only make keeping control of your motorcycle even more difficult. If you
must use some brake, apply gradual force to the brake on the good tire and
ease your motorcycle to a safe stop.
Caution: Using the brake on the wheel with the bad tire can cause
the tire to separate from the rim, resulting in immediate loss of control.
Be aware, however that integrated braking systems don't permit
rear-brake-only applications, while linked braking systems do not allow for
single-brake operation. On motorcycles withe of these systems, braking with
the good tire only may not be possible. Any braking necessary should be done
very lightly and with great care. Avoid downshifting too. Like braking, this
will only make your bike less stable.
3. Firmly hold on to the handlebars while keeping your
arms bent. Do not fight the steering to correct the wobble or
weave that will likely develop. Focus instead on maintaining
control by keeping your motorcycle directed in a straight line
as possible until it comes to a stop.
4. Remain seated until your motorcycle has come to a full stop.
5. Once stopped, push your motorcycle as far away from the travel
lanes as possible.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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