Scooter Parts Buyers Guide: Scooter Wheels

make sure to understand how to care for your scooter wheels

Tips for Buying Some Sweet Scooter Wheels

So you got yourself a scooter, eh? Awesome!

Scooters are quickly becoming an attractive and especially amazing economical alternative to the cars, trucks and heavy-duty motorcycles on the road today, and most states don’t require a special riding/driving license if the engine is less than 50 ccs. Score!

Recently, scooters have become particularly alluring for college students, generally because they are fairly inexpensive to purchase (including the registration and maintenance costs of upkeep), especially when compared to motorcycles and four-wheeled vehicles, etc. Not to mention that riding a scooter for your quick, local errands (or just for fun!) is so much cheaper when it comes to filling up that tank every 100 or so miles. Yeah. Scoot scoot!

Scooter Wheels on a 2014 Honda Ruckus

Scooters are a category of their own – and so are all their parts. Scooter wheels are not motorcycle tires or bicycle tires. In this buyers guide, we’ll let you in on the essentials you need to know when it comes to buying wheels for your special member of the two-wheel family. TMS Parts provides all the best types of scooter wheels and serves as a valuable resource when looking for the right scooter parts for your needs, budget, and style.

Know Your Scooter Wheels

Before you go on a buying spree, you’re going to need to know what kind of scooter wheels you’re looking for. Start by finding out what kind of front and rear wheels are currently on your bike. Generally, scooter wheels range from ten to sixteen inches in height and come in varying lengths, widths and other assembly types.

Where can you find out what kind of wheels you need for your scooter? Other than the manual or handbook that presumably came with your scooter, everything else you’ll need to know about your wheels can almost always be found printed on the physical tires themselves.

get to know your scooter wheels

Not sure what the numbers mean? Check out the Type Size Calculator to help you understand tires and codes better. Once you know all the info about your wheels, you’re ready for the next step!

Finding the Right Scooter Wheels

Okay, so now that you’ve determined what size wheels you need for both the front and rear on your scooter, and it’s time to think about the style you want for your ride. But first, it’s important to explain the distinction between the two different types of scooter wheels; radials (more modern, for faster scooters) and bias-ply (most popular and old-school but still effective!) tires.

Radial wheels tend to provide better a lighter, more high-speed performance – so if you have a more modern, high-powered scooter, pay attention, these might be best for you. However, it’s good to know beforehand that radial tires are better equipped for motorcycles. They are typically more firm, which helps in allowing that high-speed, as well as a longer tread life. Scooters, however, aren’t exactly known for being speed machines, so be sure to know what your scooter can handle before purchasing radials.

scooter wheels on a Honda Ruckus

Bias-ply wheels are most likely what you want for your scooter because they’re built for that easy-ridin’ feel. These tires have a better ability to absorb the shock from bumps, potholes, etc. because most scooters ride on local roads. These scooter wheels are made of layers of rubber weaved together in a criss-cross pattern, making them both comfortable to ride on and excellent when handling heavier loads.

Maintaining Your Scooter Wheels

Just like you would for any other vehicle – keeping up with the maintenance is crucial for both riding safely and for protecting all parts of your scooter. In fact, if you’re riding any kind of two-wheeler (you better have a helmet, first of all!) on the road, keep in mind you are at that much more of a risk.

scooter wheels require maintenance to keep them running smoothly and safely

That being said – following Motorcycle Safety Foundation official advice is a smart call – and for a complete checklist of the expectations when inspecting your scooter or moped, read here. Essentially, try and do a quick inspection whenever you get ready to ride, but especially if you haven’t used your scooter for a while.

Periodical, Do-It-Yourself Scooter Wheel Check-Ups

  • Always check the general tire pressure and condition of your wheels before each ride
  • Check the tread wear on your wheels (FYI: most newer scooter and moped wheels will have a tread indicator telling you when the tread is too low (that’s your cue for new tires for your bike), but if your scooter doesn’t have tread wear indicators, just use a proper tread gauge.)
  • Keep your tires properly inflated
  • Check the brakes

Time to Hit the Road! Scoot! Scoot!

Keep in mind, even if you aren’t riding your scooter all that often, these checks and maintenance inspections are just as important as would be for any other vehicle on the road.

keep your scooter wheels maintained so you can hit the road and have a blast

Remember – ride safely and always wear a helmet and any other necessary protective gear. And don’t forget the best part – have a blast!

5 Summertime Bike Rallies You Cannot Miss

It's time to hit the road for summertime bike rallies

Rev up, bikers! Summer 2018 is just around the bend, and you know what that means. Yep, it’s time to RIDE!

Motorcycle season is finally upon us and so are your favorite motorcycle rallies. And with that in mind, what better time to map out your summer excursions than right now? Make sure to add these five hot bike events to your list of destinations.

Those long, winding American roads are anxiously awaiting the rumbling sound of your arrival. Here we have 5 awesome bike rally destinations that you should stop and gather with your brothers and sisters on the open road.

Here you’ll discover motorcycle events complete with live bands, wet t-shirt contests, boozey games, field events, bike shows, and much more. These bike rallies have the perfect mix of live-hard, die-free parties you just cannot miss this summer.

5 Awesome Bike Rallies in the USA

Myrtle Beach’s 79th Annual Bike Week

Friday, May 11th to Sunday, May 20th – Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

This spring motorcycle rally (also known as Harley Bike Week) has been held in Myrtle Beach on the second week of May every year since 1939. It draws an estimated 275,000-plus people ready to roll in and ride along the beautiful Grand Strand and to kick back and stay awhile. With proceedings benefitting the “Homes for our Troops” charity; as well as the popular “Thunder Drag Race” on the beach, and a gorgeous (escorted) 180-mile ride along South Carolina’s picturesque coast, passing through the Isle of Palms, Sherm Creek and riding back up to the main event area.

Join your friends for a week-long string of live-music and other on-beach entertainment including swimsuit-contests, raffles, motorcycle vendors, drinking games, and so much more. Make sure to mark your calendar and get your bike tuned up for an amazing rally!

Americade’s 35th Annual Motorcycle Rally

Monday, June 4th to Saturday, June 9th – Lake George, New York

For a lot of folks, Americade is one of those true-rider rallies that East Coast bikers love to kick-start their riding season off with. Nestled in the heart of the East Coast, the area ride is in itself a must. You and tens of thousands of other bikers, parade along the Adirondacks and through Vermont’s numerous streams, rivers, mountains, and lakes.

You can camp at certain bike rallies

At the main event, join thousands of friends cheering alongside one of America’s largest expos of motorcycle vendors, enjoy tons of stunt shows, comedy events, music, fireworks, raffles, and guided tours to name a few of this kick-ass bike rally’s activities.

Laconia’s 95th Annual Bike Week

Saturday, June 9th to Sunday, June 17th – Laconia, New Hampshire

New Hampshire may be a small state, but this bike week is known as America’s longest-standing O.G.l Motorcycle Rally, attracting all the best bikes, bikers, sponsors, and events every single year.

Despite being the oldest (and, arguably, the best) rally in the country, much of what brings folks back is how beautiful New England is every year. This part of the country is known for its outstanding scenery, welcoming attitude from residents and businesses alike, and fantastic stunt and bike shows.

Enjoy awesome New England bike rallies

Laconia hosts incredible parties, BBQs, raffle drawings, multiple contests, people’s choice contests, and winners take home prizes for best paint, chrome, and license plate. You also can count on awesome merch from endless vendors and tons of live music every day.

Laconia Bike Week is definitely one of the bike rallies you just cannot miss out on. Scout’s honor.

Abate’s 38th Annual Boogie Bike Rally

Thursday, July 19th to Sunday, July 22nd – Springville, Indiana

If you’ve been biking long enough, then you probably know that any rally hosted by ABATE will be a throwback to the good ol’ times of rock and roll, and the biker culture and lifestyle. (For the newbies, ABATE stands for American Bikers Aimed Toward Education).

Promoting education and motorcycle safety, ABATE brings the tradition and culture back to riders in a way that benefits everyone during their bike rally. And we have to say that his organization knows how to throw a killer party. This summer, boogie with an estimated 14,000 brothers and sisters at what’s known as the biker-version of Woodstock. Check out their website for all the juicy (and mostly adult-only) details.

Travel with a loved one to bike rallies across the USA

Sturgis’s 78th Annual Motorcycle Rally

Friday, August 3rd to Sunday, August 12th – Sturgis, South Dakota

As one of THE most popular, highly attended bike rallies in the country, this motorcycle event brings in a whopping estimated 500,000 bikers every year. Known most for the high-profile musical guests, amazing food, and jaw-dropping scenic rides, this is an event almost any person could tell you about.

Sturgis features a string of incredibly fun daily events during their bike rally including pub crawls, tattoo contests, beard and mustache contests, races, guided tours, the Street Food Throw Down, AND a 5K. This is a seriously amazing event to add to your summer road tour.

Now You Know 5 of the Hottest Bike Rallies in the USA

Alright, so now that you’ve read about some of America’s best motorcycle rallies coming up this summer, what’re you waiting for?

Now is the perfect time to uncover your hog from the belly of your garage and get her ready for the best summer ride yet.

Which bike rallies will you ride to?

Still not sure about where to go? Don’t worry, we’ve included the ultimate list of 2018 bike rallies in the United States. So, even if these top five won’t work for you, you’ll definitely find one that will.

C’mon, do yourself and your bike some good. You know what to do, biker friends and those roads are waiting.

WEAR THE RIGHT GEAR ON YOUR DIRT BIKE

If you own a dirt bike you will want to wear the proper gear each time you ride. You should never go out for a ride on your bike without the proper gear on your person. Dirt bike riding gear will help to keep you safe from not only the elements but also the hazards of the road should you get into an accident and fall off your bike.

First and foremost, you should never ride the dirt bike without a helmet. Even if you ride in a state where helmets are not required, a helmet can save your life. You will want to purchase a helmet that covers your entire head and has a shield that protects your eyes from the elements. Continue reading “WEAR THE RIGHT GEAR ON YOUR DIRT BIKE”

HEED THESE RIDING TIPS AND MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE TRICKS TO ENSURE SAFE TRIP EVERY TIME

Everything mechanical requires periodic maintenance and that’s a fact no motorcycle owner should forget. From the oil change at regular intervals to once-a-year inspections and other aspects you should take a look at every time you ride, this is simply called “being responsible.” However, we recognize that this is often a learning process and it’s unfair to assume that every motorcycle owner was born with the ability and know-how allowing them to tackle all but the toughest jobs at home. However, the basic motorcycle maintenance can and should be knocked out at home. You’ll get a better idea of how your bike works, know what parts to look at as well as order replacements for. Thus, you’ll be able to better troubleshoot future mechanicals failures if and when they occur. Regular service is as important as wearing the right street riding apparel; you’re opening yourself up to insult and injury otherwise.  In this article, we’ll take a look at basic maintenance you can accomplish with basic tools and a little bit of know-how.    Continue reading “HEED THESE RIDING TIPS AND MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE TRICKS TO ENSURE SAFE TRIP EVERY TIME”

HOW TO REPAIR AN ATV

If you own an ATV or dirt bike, you will want to know the best way to repair your vehicle so it can bring you as much fun as possible. Repairing one of these vehicles takes time, knowledge and plenty of patience. You don’t want to use the wrong parts either, which is why you should use OEM ATV parts when repairing your bike.

Replace CV Boots

One of the most common repairs to an ATV or dirt bike is the replacement of CV boots. The CV is short for constant velocity. CV boots are parts that keep lubricating grease inside a joint and dirt out of it until they crack. When they crack, it’s time to look for new OEM dirt bike parts to replace the cracked ones. Continue reading “HOW TO REPAIR AN ATV”

FIVE SAFETY TIPS FOR PARENTS OF KIDS WHO WANT TO RIDE A DIRT BIKE

Are you the parent of a youngster who wants to ride a dirt bike? It doesn’t matter if your kid wants to ride competitively or just wants to ride off-road with friends; the most important thing is his or her safety. There’s no question that dirt bike riding can be an awesome form of outdoor recreation. Many of us got our start riding when we were kids and still ride to this day.

If you have a kid who has presented an interest in riding, there are a number of things to keep in mind. The first thing, as a parent, you’ll need to consider is whether or not your child is ready to ride a dirt bike. He or she must be big enough to hold the dirt bike up and have his or her feet touch the ground comfortably when sitting. Your child should be able to reach all of the controls and handle the dirt bike without too much trouble. Continue reading “FIVE SAFETY TIPS FOR PARENTS OF KIDS WHO WANT TO RIDE A DIRT BIKE”

TIPS FOR CHOOSING AN ATV HELMET

If you’re looking at ATV gear, we highly encourage you to spend a little extra time on picking out a helmet. Obviously, the most important thing is your safety when you’re off-roading, and your brain is a pretty important part of your body. We know that this probably won’t shock you, but you are much less likely to incur a traumatic brain injury if you get into an accident when you wear a helmet. Continue reading “TIPS FOR CHOOSING AN ATV HELMET”

3 IMPORTANT THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING YOUR FIRST DIRT BIKE

There’s a sense of freedom and excitement that comes with buying your first dirt bike. Dirt biking is a popular sport and favored among those who love speed and don’t mind getting a little messy. When the time comes to buy a dirt bike, there are a lot of different factors you have to put into the equation. Here are three things to consider when choosing the right dirt bike. Continue reading “3 IMPORTANT THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING YOUR FIRST DIRT BIKE”

TMS’ TOP DIRT TRAILS IN SOCAL

If you were to ask any avid dirt biker where there favorite trails are, chances are the location in their answer will be somewhere in California. When it comes to the best dirt bike trails, courses, and paths, nothing beats Southern California. Whether it’s the fact that our riding season is a full year or that the scenery on these tracks are some of the best in the country, it’s hard to rival the Southern California biking scene. At TMS Parts, dirt biking is the name of our game. It’s in our blood. If we’re not in the store, we too are out burning up the trails. That’s why we’ve come up with a little list of our own favorite dirt bike trails in SoCal. Continue reading “TMS’ TOP DIRT TRAILS IN SOCAL”