Specialty stores in some fields are rare but
American Motorcycle Tire is one worth knowing about if your thing is
By Karl Drew, an Australian-based business writer with 20 years experience in entertainment, transport and security.
American Motorcycle Tire has one location in Scottsdale, Arizona. They are a comparatively small operation compared to some of the tire giants, but they are a specialty store and control their inventory very closely. American Motorcycle stocks popular tires in large numbers, and is the only US distributor of Metzeler and Pirelli.
American Motorcycle Tires sells Avon, AMS, Bridgestone, Continental, Chen Shin, Dunlop, Duro, Excella, IRC, Kenda, Maxxis, Metzeler, Michelin, and Pirelli tires to suit a variety of motorcycles.
Avon has been making high quality tires for over a hundred years, since 1904. Avon doesn't just make motorcycle tires; it makes tires that fit cars, motorbikes, vans and trailers. Avon has not only proved itself on the road, but also on the racetracks of the world, on two wheels as well as four. That's probably why so many tire specialists, like American Motorcycle Tire sell Avon tires.
Avon prides itself on using the very latest design and
manufacturing technology, as well as a punishing test regime, to make
tires of unparalleled quality and ability. Avon is well known in the
motorcycle industry, where it enjoys a fine reputation amongst all
types of motorcycle riders. So, perhaps Avon will now create a similar
reputation for itself in automobile tires.
Cheng-Shin Rubber is the twelfth biggest
tire company in the world, established in 1967, in
Originally a bicycle tire manufacturer, satisfying the needs of a huge Asian bicycle market, Cheng Shin has expanded into tires for ATVs, Motorcycles, Automotive, Industrial, Kart, Lawn and Garden, Trailer, and Wheelbarrows.
Maxxis is a brand name of Cheng Shin Rubber. Maxxis has its American headquarters in Suwanee, Georgia, as well as other U.S. facilities in California and Texas. Around the world, Maxxis has facilities in Taiwan, China, Thailand, Japan, Germany, and Canada. Maxxis produce tires for automotive, light truck, motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle, bicycle, karting, as well as industrial applications.
The company is the title sponsor of the World Enduro Championship, as well as a sponsor of the Health Net Pro Cycling Team.
American Motorcycle Tire sells Excella tires, which have been
growing a reputation for high quality tires at a low price for some
Every Excella tire has a lug pattern, profile and carcass that
are especially designed for the tire's specific application. For
example, Intermediate terrain OF-215/217 Cross Comps have stiff
sidewalls to reduce instances of deflection, the front tires are
profiled and patterned to facilitate excellent cornering control, the
rear tires offer maximum traction thanks to a generous contact patch.
The lugs on both the front and rear have a cupped design that give
outstanding braking control to the rider.
Another tire worth mentioning
is the Excella OF-213 dual-sport tires. They are speed rated for street
use, but at the same time they will deliver great traction, grip and
stability over a wide range of terrain conditions.
For really aggressive dual-sport work, the Excella Enduro OF-219s come with a deep 15/32-inch tread that will dig in on anything from hard packed soil to soft sand. It has a cupped pattern to provide stability and the tires are FIM competition approved, as well as being DOT speed rated to 92 MPH for the street.
IRC (The Inoue Rubber Co) tires began in Japan in 1926 to manufacture bicycle tires, and its path to success has been one of considerable investment in technology. In 1952 the company began motorcycle tire production. In the years to come, the company would expand into Korea, Indonesia, mostly to sustain the huge bicycle and scooter markets of Asia.
IRC produce motorcycle tires for commuter bikes, cruisers, dual purpose, dirt competition, scooters, mopeds, and even street radial rubber.
Kenda is another leading manufacturer of bicycle, motorcycle, ATV, industrial, and trailer tires sold by American Motorcycle Tire. Most recently, Kenda has begun producing quality automotive tires and tubes for worldwide distribution. The company began operations in 1962 and is headquartered in Yuanlin, Taiwan.
Kenda tires and tubes can be found in all parts of the world on bicycles, lawn equipment, automotive vehicles and lots more. Kenda has factories in Taiwan, China, and Vietnam, employing around 7,000 people.
Another tire brand that American Motorcycle Tire sells is Duro Tire.
Duro Tire was founded in 1945, and its current focus is on the
Specialty Tire market.
Duro Tires has multiple and expanding tire factories in Asia, as well as a warehouse in Georgia. Duro Tires produce tires for ATVs, Trailers, Golf Cars, Light Truck, Passenger Cars, Industrial, Agricultural, Lawn and Garden, Motorcycle, Scooters and Bicycles.
Whether you buy your motorcycle tires from American Motorcycle Tires or from another dealer, one piece of information is invaluable. Premature tire wear is often caused by poor inflation of motorcycle tires. Let's say you have a motorcycle tire that is not correctly inflated and you continue to ride, whether you're an experienced rider or a novice, the incorrectly inflated tire will affect your bike's handling characteristics. In addition, poor inflation can also affect your tire's lifespan, costing you more money for replacement tires long before you should need them.
Sport bikes are designed like racing machines, and this usually
means that they are ridden much more aggressively than cruisers or
tourers. Most sport bikes will tend to wear out the front tire before
the rear; this is because it's so easy to brake late into corners when
you ride them. In addition, sport bikes are set up to use all of the
rider's weight at the front. Taking this into account, it makes a lot
of sense to check the air pressure level of that front tire. While
you're at it, you'd be crazy not to check the rear at the same time.
Ask your dealer, or American Motorcycle Tire, for recommendations
on tire pressure levels when you buy your tires.
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