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Dated: 09 March 2010

Riders Reminded About the Importance of Tyre Pressure


By the look of things, spring is here and Britain – for the most part - has finally thawed out. With the changing of the seasons, bikers across the country will be itching to get back out on two wheels now that the treacherous and extreme winter weather that gripped the British Isles has passed.

In order to try and keep riders safe as they don their leather gear and safety helmets, Avon Tyres have released a statement reminding motorcycle owners the importance of checking their tyre pressure before getting back out on the roads.

Avon Tyre’s technical product manager for motorbike tyres, Peter McNally, warned riders “Tyre pressures on a motorcycle are critical to the safety of the rider – there’s no other way of putting it. The tyre’s connection with the road has to be perfect and if the tyre is underinflated after a winter’s lay-off, the bike will not handle properly and it could be dangerous.

“We know from testing our range of tyres – including our new Storm 2 Ultra sports-touring and VP2 Sports tyres – that it is critical to use the correct pressures. Using under-pressured tyres can degrade handling and affect steering, as well as leading to increased and uneven tyre wear.

“Know what the optimum tyre pressures are – front and rear – for your bike and the tyres fitted. Keep a note of them either in your wallet or under your seat so you know what pressure to inflate them to when you’re away from home.

“This check should be at least a weekly ritual, more often if you commute to work on your motorcycle. If you get into the habit, you’ll also find that you’ll spot other things which could be a safety concern, such as when your chain needs adjusting or if the tyres are coming to the end of their life.”



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