Moped and scooter riders should ‘ditch the bling’ and invest in decent tyres as the unpredictable winter weather fast approaches.
That’s the advice from South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership (SYSRP) as we head into the coldest and wettest months of the year.
In a bid to reduce the number of collisions and injuries, SYSRP is urging riders to avoid the ‘false economy’ of cheap tyres and think about long-term benefits.
Joanne Wehrle, manager of SYSRP, said: “Some riders will spend hundreds if not thousands of pounds blinging up their scooter or motorbike, for example with the latest shiny exhaust, but then buy the cheapest tyres they can find.
“This is a massive false economy if not outright dangerous. Always buy the best you can and a brand you’ve heard of, as every year they spend millions on testing and development.
“A good set of tyres will transform not only the safety of your ride but also the enjoyment.”
October is Tyre Safety month and SYSRP wants riders to make sure their vehicles are fit for the road to avoid putting lives at risk.
“Unfortunately for such an essential piece of equipment, tyres can be forgotten about or neglected until it comes to the yearly MOT check," added Joanne.
“All we are asking is for riders to spend a couple of minutes checking for damage, cracks or bulges, tread depth all the way round and across, and check that their tyres have the correct pressure.
“Unlike cars, scooters and motorbikes don’t have another set of wheels to help with stability, cornering, grip or braking, so if anything goes wrong with either tyre, it doesn’t usually end well.
“Even if you’re lucky, you could still face a very long push home with a flat tyre.”
Modern tyres have tread depth markers to show you when your tyres are at the absolute legal limit, which for motorbikes is 1mm compared to 1.6mm for cars.
“We advise that you get them changed at 2 to 3mm as there is a massive drop-off in performance of your tyre as the tread decreases,” added Joanne.
“Accurate tread depth gauges only cost a few pounds, or you could take your kit to a local garage.”
SYSRP runs campaigns throughout the year to promote safety for scooter and motorbike riders via digital platforms and face-to-face engagement.