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Whether you ride on off road, or on, tyre choice is very important. There are many different types of tyres available. 
Here are some of the things you should considering when making your choice. It's advisable to check with your local dealer when making choice, better still, find a rider who has ridden the type of bike you have, and ask, as the bike you have will be a big part of the decision.

On Road Tyres 

Tube Type Tyres These are usually used on the slower and smaller bikes, from scooters, to the older spoked wheeled motorcycles.
Tubeless  Type Tyre These are normally found on the larger, newer motorcycles. If you need to fit a new one, or have a puncture repaired, I'd advise you get your dealer to fit these. I've tried a few times to fit these my self, with various degrees of success, but to be quite honest, it's too much trouble, and if you get it wrong, the consequences can be fatal. Especially if you are riding fast. If you want to know how to do it yourself though, check this link, Fred know his stuff.

Coming soon...
How to change a tube type tyre and/or inner tube.

If you are commuting, or long distance touring You will be looking for a tyre which lasts, which means using a "harder compound" and has reasonable grip on cornering. 
Riding at speed You'll be looking for a soft compound tyre, it won't last you as long, but you'll get round the corners with a bit more confidence.

Normal Routine Maintenance
(All type of tyres)
1. Visibly check the tire for condition, Things to be looking for are:
a) Any foreign object in the tyre, screw, nails, glass, anything at all that isn't supposed to be there. remove it, and see if your tire stays the correct pressure

.b) Tread. Make sure have enough of this when riding on public roads

c) Bumps in the tire wall. If you find any, IMMEDIATLY replace the tyre!

d) Perishing, this will show up as cracks in the walls or between the treads.
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2. Check the tyre pressure
 Tyres that are do not have enough perssure in them have a tend to make cornering more difficult, and it feels like the bike is sliding in minor instances, at worst the side wall can give way and have you off the machine.
 Too much pressure can lead to slipping too, and can lead add to tread wear.
 Size & weight of machine and rider makes a difference as does the speed you are going to be ride at.There is usualy a plate or sticker on the mechineto tell you which pressures to ride at, usualy different for for the front and rear tyre. Also if you are carrying a passenger for a long journey.
How to remove the front wheel from a disc braked front wheel.
Modified for 2009