Filling nitrogen in tyres – we discuss its advantages and disadvantages in this quick story…

The world is ever developing and so are the tyre inflation systems. Many people are now preferring Nitrogen gas inflation rather than traditional air. So, what are the pros and cons of getting Nitrogen gas filled in your tyres? Over the next few paragraphs, we will list the pros and cons of using nitrogen in tyres…

filling nitrogen in tyres

Nitrogen is a colorless, odorless and non toxic gas that forms about 78% of the earth’s atmosphere. Nitrogen gas has covered its journey from its use in high end aircrafts, racing cars to normal passenger cars and bikes. Let us talk about it more…

Filling Nitrogen in Tyres – Pros

  • Nitrogen is lighter and cooler. It reduces the running temperature of tyres. In simple terms, Nitrogen gas helps the tyre to remain cooler when the bike or car is carrying heavy loads or going at higher speeds i.e. the temperature formed because of friction between tyres and road is reduced.
  • Tyres inflated with Nitrogen run smoother on road because nitrogen is lighter than air. This, in turn, increases the riding experience and enhances overall handling.
  • The tyre life is enhanced when nitrogen gas is filled in regularly.
  • Once you inflate your tyres with nitrogen, there is no need to check for tyre pressure for a considerably longer period. This happens because nitrogen eliminates moisture and replaces the traditional air molecules with fat nitrogen molecules. This replacement makes sure that the gas is not leaked out of the tyre walls.
  • Rim life also increases because nitrogen doesn’t contain H2O which is responsible for the formation of rust. Conventional air has H2O in it and thus rim and tyre life diminishes eventually.
  • Nitrogen gas doesn’t have combustible nature i.e. it is very less probable that nitrogen catches fire in case of some accident. This is one of the reason that nitrogen gas is used in inflating racing tyres.

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Filling Nitrogen in Tyres – Cons:

  • Nitrogen gas inflation involves spending good amount of money from your pocket. It is costlier to fill in tyres – resulting in slightly higher overall maintenance costs.
  • Once you opt for nitrogen gas you will have to continue using the same gas to extract all the advantages we discussed above. Switching back to conventional air may not yield the desired results.

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You can try filling your motorcycle’s tyres with Nitrogen for a specified time and see if you experience any advantages. Also, do share with us your experiences of filling nitrogen gas in tyres….

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23 COMMENTS

  1. Im inflating my dazzler’s tyres with Nitrogen gas for the past 3 months and was able to see considerable difference in bike’s performance, riding comfort and mileage. It costs Rs.20/- in chennai to inflate both tyres.

  2. Air already contains 78%nitrogen by volume.so u are anyway getting 78% during normal fill up.Does just 20% more nitrogen makes so much difference?i dont think so.

  3. one more to addup to the cons list.
    You cannott find nitrogen fill up stations everywhere as you find normal air fill up stations…

  4. Im Inflating my Stunner’s tyres with Nitrogen for last 8 months.
    I never had problems with it.
    The cost is 20/- for first time, and then 5/- for each topup after 3 weeks 🙂 cheap? no? 😀

    @Sachin,
    Thats all chemistry, Doesnt “just 20%” O2 makes you post that comment? 😛

    Well, To be Honest, If your bike has Tubeless Tyres (Tubeless doesnt mean Honda TUFF-UP TUBE found in Unicorn and activas etc) , N2 is for you 🙂

    Current Motorcycles having Tubeless Tyres acc to my knowledge are :

    HONDA :
    TWISTER
    STUNNER
    STUNNER PGM-Fi
    DAZZLER

    HH :
    NEW HUNK
    ZMR?

    BAJAJ:
    HIGHER cc PULSARS

    YAMAHA:
    FZ
    FAZER
    R15?

    others:
    i dont care 😛

    • I have also tried using nitrogen but i did not feel any diffrence except that it lasts around a week longer.also there is no way you can proove that guy has filled pure nitrogen since air already contains 78%nitrogen.what i have seen at my place is that they overfill the tyre with normal air & tell u its nitrogen.

  5. ROTFLMAO…oh that was rich and subtle. Such wit, such irony and I bet a plugged pfenning that 99% of the readers never ever get it. well played.

    oldest running 79′ wing always has had N in the tires
    newest 09′ Ninjette always had N in the tyres. Both cover 1K mi faster than your average sprot bike or harley.

  6. I don’t think it’s worth going out of your way to get nitrogen in your tyres – it makes very little difference on the bike. But if you can get it easily and cheaply, why not?

  7. Nitrogen is a reluctant gas (Which is reluctant to react with any god dam thing in this world), that is why it is used in vehicle tyres and shock absorbers. If normal gas is filled into shocks or tyres, oxygen in the air with the aid of moisture, reacts with the material of tyre or shocks and forms oxides of them. These oxides reduces the life and strength of the materials. THATS IT.
    NO – ITS NOT ONLY USED IN “HIGH-END” AIRCRAFTS, BUT ALSO IN CIVIL AIRLINERS.
    NO -PERFORMANCE WOULD NOT INCREASE,
    NO- ITS IS NOT COOLER OR COOLANT OR ANY S***.
    NO- NITROGEN IS NOT THAT LIGHT (Its just one fraction ahead of oxygen, nitrogen stands at 7 and oxygen at 8 in periodic table) HELIUM IS SAFER AND LIGHTER GAS BESIDES HYDROGEN.
    YES-TYRE LIFE IS INCREASED
    NO-NITROGEN IS NOT SEALANT. OUR ATMOSPHERE CONSTITUTES OF 78.08% OF NITROGEN. SO WHERE DO YOU THINK ALL THIS MOISTURE IN OUT ATMOSPHERE IS STORED???? TUBELESS TYRE DESIGN RESTRICTS THE LEAKAGE TO GREATER EXTENT. NOT NITROGEN.
    “Nitrogen does not contain H2O”????? WHAT?????? H20 in AIR IS MOISTURE (GASEOUS FORM OF WATER) MY DEAR!!! NITROGEN IS GAS!!!! AIR IS 78% NITROGEN!!!!
    YES-NITROGEN IS NOT A COMBUSTIBLE GAS.

    Dear Deepak, you are a “MEGAMIND” in everyting about bikes, but you are a Jar head in techno aspects. Please hire a Techno guy for these things. Do not get offended, I really admire this site but never let anyone point something out of you!!!

  8. Great feeling once after inflating Nitrogen Gas filling… Smooth riding… comfort… speed… handling… extra mileage too…. Will hardly suggest to use Nitrogen.. But more outlets are not available.. that’s the only dis-advantage…8)

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