- What causes dry rot
- 3 common reasons why dry rot sets in
- Whether it’s possible to stop dry rot completely
Prefer to get this information in podcast form? Listen to the 30 Minute Motorcycling Podcast episode about tire dry rot:
What Is Tire Dry Rot?
What Causes Tire Dry Rot? 3 Common Things
1. Heat and UV sunlight
If you’re reading this from one of the hotter areas of the world, like Arizona, Tunisia, or Pakistan, you’re most likely very familiar with this.
The hotter it gets, and the more UV light a tire is exposed to, the more the chemicals inside the rubber deteriorate – causing the tire to crack.
2. Underinflated tire
“3322”That means that the tire was made on Week 33 of 2022. Since a tire has a lifespan of between 3-5 years, it might be time to replace your tire anyway if the current date is 2027 or later.
Can You Stop Tire Dry Rot?
- Inflating your tires to the correct pressure level
- Storing your tires in the shade
- Avoiding getting corrosive chemicals (e.g. gasoline) onto your tire
- Riding your bike regularly