A Buyer's Guide to the Right Pair of Scooter Tyres

Learn how to choose the best scooter tyres.

If you thought scooter tyres are a smaller version of motorcycle tyres, then you might have to get your facts right. Scooters and bikes are two completely different categories of automobiles and hence their components are different from each other. Scooters, altogether have a unique purpose which is completely different from a motorbike. Similarly, the tyres of the scooter are manufactured and engineered to serve that unique purpose only. In this article, you will learn everything there is to know about scooter tyres and will also give you the know-how on picking the right set for your scooter.

How to check if you need new scooter tyres or not?

To determine if your scooter needs new tires, you can check for the following:

  • Tread depth: Look for the tread depth indicator placed between tread lines to see if the tyre has worn down to minimum levels. When the tread is too worn, the tire needs to be replaced.
  • Cracks and damage: Inspect the sidewalls and tread for any cuts, cracks, or damage. If you see any, the tire should be replaced.
  • Bulges or deformations: Look for any bulges or deformations in the sidewalls, which can indicate internal damage.
  • Age: Tires have a limited lifespan, even if they appear to be in good condition. The age of a tire can be determined by the "DOT" code on the sidewall. The last 4 digits represent the week and year of manufacture. Tires that are more than 10 years old should be replaced, regardless of their condition.

If you are unsure, it is always best to consult with a tire specialist or a scooter dealership for a professional opinion.

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Checklist for buying the best tyres for your scooter

When buying new tires for your scooter, it's important to consider the following factors to ensure you get the best fit:

  • Size: Make sure to get the correct size of tire as specified in your scooter's owner manual or on the tire sidewall.
  • Type: Consider the type of riding you do and choose a tire that fits your needs. For example, if you do mostly city riding, consider a tire with a smooth tread for better traction on concrete.
  • Load capacity: Ensure the tire you choose has a load capacity that can handle the weight of your scooter and any passengers or cargo.
  • Tread pattern: The tread pattern affects the grip and handling of the tire. Consider a tire with a good mix of grip and mileage, depending on your riding needs.
  • Brand reputation: Consider purchasing from a well-known brand with a good reputation for quality and durability.
  • Price: Tires can range in price, but remember that the cheapest option may not always be the best. Invest in a tire that offers a good balance of quality and value.
  • Warranty: Check for any warranty offered by the manufacturer, as it can provide added peace of mind and protection for your investment.

It's also a good idea to consult with a tire specialist or scooter dealership to get professional recommendations based on your specific needs and riding conditions. Apollo Tyres offers ready support to help you make the purchase decision. We also offer the best tyre exchange and warranty benefits in the industry.

Bias ply or radial scooter tyres

Once you have determined the size of your scooter tyres, it’s time to move onto what kind of tyres you want on your scooter. Whether you want bias-ply or radial tyres. The major difference in these tyres is that bias-ply tyres are built on a design in which the carcass of the tyre is made up of layers of fabric which are wrapped over each other in a criss-cross formation. This formation provides the base-layer of the tyre with ample cushioning which makes these tyres the most comfortable tyres to ride on and also they provide good control and stability while carrying heavy loads.

Some major drawbacks of bias-ply tyres is that they lose control at higher speeds and they retain a lot of heat. Another major drawback is that bias-ply have more rolling resistance which in turn decreases the fuel economy of the scooter.

On the other hand, Radial tyres have a carcass which is made of cord plies, which go straight across the tread with belts of steel, polyester and various other vibress criss-crosson atop the cord plies. Advantages of Radial Tyres include that they are stiffer which allows a better speed performance, have a longer tyre tread life, have precise handling and also better fuel economy.

Apollo Tyres offers scooter and scooty tyres range

Apollo Tyres have Actizip and Actigrip range of tyres which are among the best scooter tyres available in India. These tyres are available in both tubed and tubeless variants. So bring your scooter to the nearest Apollo Tyre centre, and get a professional check-up done today!



Frequently asked questions:

How do I find out my scooter tyre size?

Look for the information on the side of the tire. The tire size is often printed on the side of the tire itself, usually in a series of numbers and letters (e.g., "120/70-12"). Or, check the owner's manual. Your scooter's owner's manual should have the information on the tire size.

Which tyre size is best for scooter?

It's subjective to say which is the best tire for scooters, as it depends on individual needs and preferences. However, the Apollo ActiGrip is a popular tire brand for scooters and has received positive feedback from many users for its grip and handling. It's always important to consider the specific requirements and conditions you'll be riding in, and to choose a tire that's suitable for those conditions and meets your needs.

When should I change scooter tyre?

Change your two-wheeler tyres when the tread depth depletes to minimal levels or in case the tyres are showing signs of damage from regular use. Also, tyres older than 10 years should not be ridden, as they are prone to punctures and abrupt failures.

How many kms do scooter tyres last?

The lifespan of a scooter tire varies depending on several factors such as the type of tire, road conditions, driving style, and maintenance. On average, a scooter tire can last anywhere from 15,000 to 20,000 kilometers, but it's not uncommon for them to last longer with proper care and maintenance. It's important to regularly check the condition of your scooter tires, and replace them when they start to show signs of wear and tear, such as cracks, cuts, or bald spots. Regular tire rotations and proper inflation levels can also help extend the lifespan of your scooter tires.

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