IOM TT legend John McGuinness gives support to TyreSafe’s 'Don’t chance it, change it' motorcycle campaign
TyreSafe’s new ‘Don’t chance it, change it’ focuses on the importance of replacing motorcycle tyres when they are damaged rather than repairing them.
Maintenance of motorcycle tyres is paramount to securing the safety of both riders and their passengers on the road. Riders must remember that it is they and not the owner who is responsible for the motorcycle’s tyre condition.
IOM TT legend, John McGuinness has joined forces with TyreSafe to support their campaign:
“I give loads of consideration to the tyres that my bikes are equipped with because it’s so, so important; it’s the only bit that connects you to the road. Check your tyres before you go out for a ride. There’s nothing wrong with having a look… you could have a foreign object in them, a screw, a big lump of glass, anything. You could be getting a slow puncture and it could take two or three days to go down, and you wouldn’t know, and you’d just jump on your bike and go…It’s a bit of common sense really, for your own safety: check them out!”
Check out the full interview with John McGuinness below:
Motorcycle tyres looking worn? Don’t chance it, change it
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Protyre work closely with TyreSafe to support their campaigns to ensure that motorists are provided with the most comprehensive safety information available. Road casualty statistics from the Department for Transport highlight the importance behind tyre safety, with motorcycle’s three-times more likely to be involved in a tyre-related incident than a car.
It is therefore encouraged that motorcyclists should check their tyres once a week and to particularly consider these three areas:
- Inflation pressure - influences how your motorcycle handles, brakes and accelerates; correct tyre pressures reduce your risk of an incident on the road
- Condition - tyres can be damaged by debris, potholes, and kerbs and are the only physical contact with the road
- Tread - a tyre’s tread ensures a tyre stays in contact with the road during wet conditions. The minimum limit for motorcycles of 50cc or above is 1mm, while for those up-to 50cc it is visible tread across the centre three-quarters
TyreSafe's easy reference guide for the maintenance of motorcycle tyres
“With 1.1 million licenced motorcycles in England, the Don’t chance it, change it campaign will play an important role in reminding and educating motorcyclists that tyre safety should be at the forefront of their minds every time they set off. It’s of genuine concern to hear inappropriate repairs are being carried out despite the warnings. Hopefully, hearing those concerns aired by motorcycle legend John McGuinness will help get the message through.”
Stuart Jackson, TyreSafe Chairman
Download TyreSafe's guide to checking your motorcycle tyres here
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