Look after your tyres and they will look after you.
To all bike riders out there read the following- it could save your life.
Correct inflation pressure
is vital to keep motorcycles, scooters and mopeds safe on the roads. The recommended pressure will always be stated in the motorcycle owner’s manual. For fitment of alternatives, advice should be sought from a tyre specialist like Burwin’s or the tyre manufacturer. Take note of classic and vintage motorcycles (pre-1960) where pressures quoted in the original handbook may be out of date. Pressure needs to be altered accordingly for carrying pillion and pannier loads.
Over-inflation can be as dangerous as under inflation as there can be a reduced area of contact with the road, making handling more difficult.
SAFETY NOTE- Inflation pressures should be checked once a week when the tyres are cold using a reliable and accurate pressure gauge.
The correct inflation pressure is vital for the safe handling of your bike and here at Burwin we will advise you of the correct pressure level for your tyres when you purchase from us. If your tyre has run flat it can be dangerous to re-inflate it. Visit us in North London, let us take a look and we will advise you. We are the cheapest tyres in North London.
The running-in period is important as it allows the tyre to settle itself onto the wheel rim and gives the rider time to adjust to the feel and handling of the new tyres. Ensure the tread surface is not contaminated in any way, remove the label and clean off any fitting lubricant.
Here at Burwin we deal with all brands of tyres and new tyres bought from us qualify you for free fitting. We also advise that when new motorcycle tyres are fitted they should not be subjected to maximum power until a reasonable running in distance has been covered. 100 dry miles is recommended minimum. (discount any wet miles covered).
Inspection and maintenance
keeping an eye on the tyres is the safest way to avoid accidents and unwanted expense. Check for signs of
- low tread depth
- cracking of the tread/sidewall rubber
- cuts or bulges
- foreign objects
- being alert to changes in dynamic performance, or air loss, noise/ vibration.
Lumps and bulges can indicate internal damage so get them checked out by a professional straight away.
keep an eye on the legal limit of tyre tread depth in the UK for motorcycles:-
- over 50cc is 1mm across ¾ of the width of the tread pattern and with visible tread on the remaining ¼
- up to 50cc the law requires that all the grooves of the original tread pattern must be clearly visible.
REMEMBER- The tyres are the only part of the bike in connection with the road, therefore they are THE most important part of bike safety. Every aspect of safe and enjoyable riding is dependent on good quality tyres.
If you are unsure of the tyres on your bike and want an expert eye to look them over, pop in to Burwin.
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