There comes a time when you will find it necessary to replace the original tyres of your ATV, either because they have worn down or because you will be riding on different terrain. We offer a selection of ATV tyres in NZ, all available from our webshop and delivered to your shed.
A Short Buyer’s Guide for ATV and Quad Bike Tyres in NZ
Either the replacement tyres can be exactly the same brand, type, and specifications as the OEM tyres, or you can replace them with a set more suitable for your riding locations and style. Unless you also intend to replace the rims with either larger or smaller sizes, which is generally not recommended, consider the following:
Type and tread design. New ATVs are generally sold with all-terrain tyres fitted. As the designation implies, they are suitable for most types of terrain but not really excellent for any specific locations. Therefore, if you find yourself mostly in muddy terrain, fitting specialised mud tyres might be a better option. Most tyre manufacturers also offer specially designed tyres for most terrain types, such as rocky ground, loose sand or streets.
Ply-rating and type. As a general term, ply refers to the layers of fabric that covers the casing of the tyre and there are two designs: bias and radial. Bias ply tyres are constructed with layers of rubber-coated textile cords, whereas radial ply tyres are made with steel belts and cables coated with rubber. The latter type is extremely strong but more expensive than the former. We recommend bias ply for off-road tyres and radial ply for street tyres.
Before buying a set of cheap tyres, consider the important factor of ATV safety, which is largely dependent on using the right tyres for your riding locations and style. An incorrect tyre can easily cause sliding during a sharp turn or even a catastrophic roll.
Tips Regarding Quad Bike Tyres in NZ
After fitting new tyres on your ATV or quad bike, do not forget the basic maintenance that will ensure a long and useful life of the tyres:
The correct air pressure is important and should regularly be checked, especially before extended rides into the wilderness. The valve can be a source of slow leaks due to damage or dirt, so consider having a spare or two on hand.
Always remove stones, dried mud, and other detritus from the treads and specifically check for damage from sharp objects. Most punctures can be repaired with special kits, even out on the trail – as long as you also have an air pump on you.
If you consider using Inner tubes as an option with a permanently leaking tyre with good tread, it is important to realise the tube will require higher air pressure to keep in place. Never see an inner tube as a fix for a tyre with a damaged sidewall.
Kaitaia Motorcycles sells quad bike tyres in NZ for diverse terrains and applications, in sizes suitable for most ATVs from popular manufacturers, available for shipping anywhere in New Zealand. Contact us for help on selecting the best tyres for your ATV or quad bike.