Car & Van drivers, advice update (02/05/2017)
Motorcycle riders latest advice update (02/05/2017)
It's May, Summer is on it's way.
Honest, Summer is on it's way VERY soon, so maybe it's time to clean those bike, have a look at last years tyres, are they any good, do you need NEW for the coming summer season ? I have a wide range in stock from Bridgestone, Dunlop & Michelin including Pilot Road 4 and the new DUNLOP RoadSmart 3 as fitted to my own bike to cope with whatever the weather brings. Also due in now is the NEW DUNLOP SportSmart2MAX, a hypersport tyre for those of you out there with fast bikes or more balls that I have ! Take a look at YOUR tyres, are they still good to go, or are they past it's sell by date ? Don't get caught in the wet with tyres not up to the job ! If in doubt, call in and let me have a look. Don't take chances on 2 wheels, it is NOT worth it. Falling off HURTS !
For Adventure bikes
We carry in stock Metzeler Tourance and Dunlop TrailSmart (50/50 on/off road) in the popular 110/80r19 front and 150/70r17 rears (for BMW GS1200 etc etc).
I also have many riders that have remove the original 50/50 type tyre and replace with a pure road tyres such as the new Dunlop RoadSmart 3. Road tyres like this give a much better quality of ride and superior road holding, which is big advantage if you only ride on the tarmac road !
Don't let your tyre get like this one to the left !!!!
Not only is it bloody dangerous, it will attract PC PLOD in his road traffic car and we wouldn't want that now would we ? That exposed wire flashing in the sunlight is just the signal needed to attract their unwanted attention ! This particular rider was horrified when he realised how bad his tyre was after his mate pointed it out, so thanks very much to his mate !
Please note, the legal limit for a bike tyre is still 1mm, but do you want to push your luck so far ?
Food for thought !
Testing has proven that tyres worn to the 1.6mm legal limit can increase stopping distances by nearly a bus length ! Source Continental tyres (Premium German tyre manufacturers) That's the difference between stopping and having an accident ! Think about it now, before its to late
Tyre industry information & advice
On the point of safety,
When changing a wheel, ie fitting your spare wheel, it is very important to ensure that the wheel nuts are fitted the correct way. This means with the flat side facing you, taper to the wheel ! Look at the picture of the spacesaver wheel on the left. It has THREE nuts on the wrong way and only ONE the correct way. That's the one on the lower right which I turned around for the photo, as this car came in with ALL the nuts on the wrong way. This is not the first time, and won't be the last, but they are very very lucky the wheel didn't fall off !