I want to purchase Maxxis motorcycle tires. Can I get them directly from you?

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Maxxis does not sell motorcycle tires directly to consumers. Your local powersports dealer is your best resource for Maxxis tires and can help you find the best Maxxis product to fit your particular application. If you are having a hard time finding a dealer, please fill out the contact form here - /contact-us - so that we can assist you.

What type of maintenance should I perform on my vehicle’s tires? And how can I make them last as long as possible?

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The most important maintenance function you can perform on your motorcycle tires is a frequent check of tire pressure. Underinflated tires will result in a variety of problems, including premature or uneven wear, poor handling, fatigue or sidewall cracking. It is also a good idea to routinely make visual inspections of your tires. Be sure to check for foreign objects located in the tread surface or sidewall.

Do not ride your motorcycle on damaged or underinflated tires. Cata strophic tire failure may occur.

Avoiding fast starts and panic stops will also help increase the longevity of your tires.

My dealer mentioned that I need to "scuff-in" my new street motorcycle tires. What are they referring to?

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It is recommended that for the first 100 miles on a new tire, you should ride very cautiously. Sudden acceleration and hard braking and cornering should be avoided. Once the tire has been "scuffed-in" correctly, it will provide optimum performance and grip level.

How should I choose the best off-road motorcycle tire for my riding style and conditions?

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Please refer to the motorcycle terrain guide below. It shows the terrain for which each tire was specifically designed.

What ply rating are my motorcycle tires?

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Motorcycle tires are not currently measured in units of ply rating. At this time, the industry follows a particular load/speed rating. On the sidewall of your tire, you will notice a three-digit code that refers to the load and speed rating of a tire. For example: 74H: 74 = load rating of 827 lbs., H = maximum speed rating of 130 MPH. Please refer to our load/speed rating chart at the link below for a more complete list of measurements.
/sponsorship/motorcycle/motorcycle-tire-school#motorcycle_load_indexes

The sidewall of my tire is marked "tubeless." Can I install the tire with a tube?

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In many cases, it is possible to run a tubeless tire with a tube. Most tubeless tires can be used for both applications. It is not possible to eliminate the need to use a tube by installing a tubeless tire if your motorcycle wheel/rim originally required a tube.

Tube-type tires must have a tube. When replacing tube-type tires, be sure to replace the inner tubes. Stretched inner tubes can crease and fail due to the thinning of the inner tube rubber. Make sure that the inner tube size matches the tire size. Consult your motorcycle dealer for correct rim band replacement.

My motorcycle came with an MT90-16 size tire. Will a 130/90-16 tire fit?

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This is a common question, but the two tires are different. The MT90-16 carries a higher load rating than the 130/90-16 equivalent. When replacing your original equipment tires, always follow the guidelines recommended by the vehicle’s manufacturer.

Check with the motorcycle manufacturer before attempting to mount tire sizes which differ from those suggested in the owner’s manual. Altering the tire size may require a different rim size. For this reason, we suggest you consult your dealer to be sure that the rim size is compatible before making any changes to the tire size on your vehicle. Be sure adequate clearance is maintained at all times.

Can I use a tire designed for the front on the rear of a motorcycle?

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Tires marked as front or rear tires should only be used in their designated position. Correct matching of front and rear tires is critical to obtaining optimum performance and handling.

Front and rear tires have different handling needs. A front tire has a more triangulated profile for steering control, while a rear tire has a flatter profile for bike stability. Using a tire in a position for which it was not designed will result in reduced handling capability, putting the rider in danger.

Combining a new front tire with a worn rear tire or vice versa may cause instability. Always consult your vehicle’s manufacturer before modifying your motorcycle’s tires from stock.

What should I do with my tires when storing my vehicle?

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Tires should be stored indoors in a cool, dry place where water cannot collect inside or around the tires. The tires should be placed away from electric generators, motors and sources of heat such as hot pipes.

Do not store tires in direct sunlight for extended periods of time. Store unmounted tires indoors at temperatures above 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

Allowing tires to stand in oil or gasoline may have an adverse effect on the rubber compounds of the tire.

Improper storage can damage your tires in ways that may not be visible.

Can I be sponsored by Maxxis?

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To request sponsorship for the coming year, you must submit your resume between September 1 and November 1 of the current year. To find our sponsorship application online, visit the “Motorcycle Racing and Sponsorship” section of our website between September and November and click on the “Get Sponsored” tab.

Once your application has been received and reviewed, a Maxxis team member will contact you to let you know if you have been accepted.

Does Maxxis offer any warranty for its motorcycle tires?

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Maxxis produces high-quality motorcycle tires, and warrants to the original retail purchaser with proof of purchase documentation that the tire will be free from defect in material and workmanship. Details of the policy along with the claims procedure can be found here: /sponsorship/motorcycle/motorcycleatv-warranty.