whats the law on tread depth on tyres ? if you hit the wear indicator down the centre of the tyre but the outside is ok , does it have to be changed ? Not a lot of bends on my commute to work so the middle of the tyre takes quite a bit of stick .
Legal tread depth
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1mm across the central 3/4 of the tyre.
also, 1mm is stupid.
If you let it get down that far then don't get caught in heavy rain... I'd replace at somewhere between 2mm and 1.5mm. Hitting the wear level thing basically says you're not legal to go on the road and if that's the case you'll probably be uninsured in an accident as your vehicle wasn't roadworthy.
EDIT: If you're commuting, consider a dual compound tyre with a harder compound in the middle and softer on the edges - will help your squaring off.
this is what the rules state
- The grooves of the tread pattern must have a depth of a least 1 mm throughout a continuous band measuring at least three-quarters of the breadth of the tread and round the entire outer circumference of the tyre, OR
- if the grooves of the original tread pattern of the tyre do not extend beyond three-quarters of the breadth of the tread (i.e. common with motorcycle tyres) any groove of the original pattern must have a minimum depth of at least 1 mm
i agree 1mm is very low and next time you get a tyre changed ask the fitter if you can look at the old one and feel how thin a m/c tyre is with 1mm tread
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thanks guys , i am running a dual compound tyre , thought i would get more than 3000 miles out of it though . only had the bike 12 months so its a bit of a learning curve .
3,000 miles it`s either soft rubber or rapid right hand movements.