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Choosing a Tyre

Choosing the correct tyre for your bike is of critical importance. There is much more to it than getting the right size.

Many bikes come with very specific tyres that have been developed for that bike exclusively. When moving way from that specification you need to be very careful that the tyres you choose have been tested and approved for that bike. Just because a particular tyre suited your last bike or works well on a friends bike does not mean it will be good for your bike, even if your bikes are the same!

Rider’s weight, fitted accessories, pillion, riding styles and more can all have a massive effect on how a tyre will perform in many different conditions.

Always check with us or the manufacturer’s site if the tyre is approved for your bike.

Also do not assume that you a race replica type tyre for fast road work or track days. A good modern sports tyre like the Bridgestone BT-016 in the correct hands will be capable of lap times far lower than the vast majority of riders would ever want to attempt or be able to achieve.

If you are replacing the tyres for the first time on a new bike ask yourself if there was anything wrong with tyres that that are on it? If not why not stick with them?

Always contact us if you are not sure which tyres to go for.

SAFETY!!

WHEN RIDING ON NEW TYRES ALLOW TIME FOR THE SURFACE OF THE TREADED AREA TO BECOME FULLY ABRADED OR SCUFFED BEFORE ASSUMIMG THAT FULL LEVELS OF GRIP ARE AVAILABLE. ACHEIVE THIS BY ALLOWING THE TYRES TO FULLY WARM UP AND THEN SLOWLY INCREASING THE AMOUNT OF BRAKING, POWER OUT OF THE CORNERS AND LEAN ANGLE UNTIL THE USEABLE AREA OF THE TYRE LOOKS LIKE IT HAS BEEN USED. IF AT ANY TIME DURING THAT "RUNNING IN" PERIOD SOMETING FEELS WRONG STOP AND CHECK YOUR TYRES AND CONFIRM THE CORRECT PRESSURES HAVE BEEN USED. DEPENDING ON CONDITIONS AND RIDING STYLE IT CAN TAKE FROM 5 MILES TO 100 MILES PLUS TO FULLY BED A TYRE IN.