Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness is backing the latest TyreSafe campaign aimed at motorcyclists.
Don’t Chance It, Change It focuses on the message that it’s safer to change a tyre than repair it, a sentiment supported by McGuinness: “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.
“There’s absolutely no chance that I would repair a tyre. To be honest, it wouldn’t even enter my head,” he said in a video made for the campaign.
TyreSafe has produced a new quick guide to motorcycle tyre safety, as well as a refreshing its comprehensive reference guide.
Motorcycle tyres are essential for keeping both rider and pillion safe on the road, with a reminder that it's actually the rider (and not the owner) that is responsible for tyre condition. Worryingly, TyreSafe reports that the Department for Transport’s UK Reported Road Casualties figures highlight that motorcycles are three-times more likely to be involved in a tyre-related incident than a car. With this in mind, bikers are encouraged to regularly check their tyres and consider three key areas:
- Inflation pressure – which influences how your bike handles, brakes and accelerates; correct pressures reduce your risk of an incident on the road
- Condition – because tyres are in physical contact with the road and can be damaged by debris, potholes, and kerbs
- 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
Stuart Jackson, TyreSafe Chairman said: “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.”
John McGuinness ended his message to motorcyclists by saying, “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!”
For more information on all aspects of tyre safety, please visit tyresafe.org.