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Motorcycle riders advice update (07/10/2020)
It's OCTOBER 2020, Autumn is here, shorter days and cooler temperatures. Coronavirus  is still causing problems ! 
The 2020 Bike season is ending, apart from those of you who ride all year.
Just as a point of interest, The shut down of many tyre factories is likely to cause tyre supply problems in the future, please bear that in mind. We may have to look at alternative options.  
   Make sure your tyres are fit for purpose. Don't let them get to the last dregs of visible tread before you replace them. Remember, it's your bike and YOUR backside sat on it !!!! If in any doubt, come up and let me have a look. I have a wide range of bike tyres stock from Avon, Bridgestone, Dunlop, Metzeler & Michelin including Metzeler Roadtec 01 and Michelin Road 5 as well as the very respected DUNLOP RoadSmart 3 which is what I have fitted to my own bike. These are all great sports touring tyres suitable for Winter riding. It's too cold for Dunlop SportMax2 / Michelin Power 3 / Power RS etc etc.
  Take a look at YOUR tyres, are they still good to go? Don't take chances on 2 wheels, it is NOT worth it. Have you got the right tyres for this time of year.
Dropping the bike and falling off HURTS !
For Adventure bikes
 We carry in stock Metzeler Tourance and Dunlop TrailSmartMAX (50/50 on/off road) in the popular adventure bike sizes 110/80r19 front and 150/70r17 rears  and also the newer BMW GS1200 on 120/70r19 front and 170/60r17 rear, Metzeler Tourance Next or Michelin Anakee.
 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. / Michelin Pilot Road 4 or 5 . 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 "Your Nicked" Officer 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 ! And he is not the only one.
You would be amazed how many illegal tyres I remove. (Bloody hell, I didn't realise it was that bad !) is an often made comment.
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

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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 !