My Tire Storage $0.02
Tires on bikes stored out-of-doors, should be protected by opaque covers to prevent damage from sunlight.
Storage area should be level, well drained. Care should be taken to avoid prolonged contact with petroleum based substances: oils, fuels and asphalt. If on concrete, wood should be placed under the tires.
Bike should be raised on center stand, so weight is removed from the tires. (keep from developing flat spots)
If no center stand, tire pressure should be increased 10~25% from normal inflation to keep tire roundness. Underinflation makes no sense to me.
If not on the center stand, the bike should be moved once and a while to prevent flat spotting and ozone cracking at the tire sidewall flex point. Flat spots usually disappear when the tires warm-up, after a 25+ mile drive. Flat spotting, which occurs on vehicles not moved for six or more months may not disappear.
Do not store the bike close to electric motors and such. They produce ozone which will deteriorate the rubber.
'91 VN750 - Cosmic Splendor/Candy Wine - 10k mi.
Done: Coastered, .020 ign., Iridiums, VM, Plexistar II, MCCT's
Will Do: MOSFET, Horns, Shave(maybe)
Last edited by ZCraggRatt; 12-04-2010 at 12:02 AM.