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Updated on November 6, 2017
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Correct inflation must be achieved for safe riding

Correct inflation is a must for safety
Correct inflation is a must for safety | Source

Under Inflated, Over inflated!

Most biker's (excepting my hubby) put their precious bike's away during the winter months and pull them out of storage at the beginning of Spring. As the bike hasn't been used this brought me to thinking about the tyres.

Do tyres become under inflated and will they be subject to rotting or cracking when they have been covered and stored away for the winter months?

Cool temperatures I would have thought would also have some effect on the tyres.

As the tyres are what hold the biker and pillion passenger up (that's me) I would have thought that it is imperative to ensure that the correct tyre pressure is achieved after the bike has been stored away. (In checking with hubby, he says this is the case!).

Apparently one of the most common causes of motorcycle breakdowns is tyre damage and these few tips may help when returning to your motorbike after the winter.

  • Tyre pressures should adhere to recommended manufacturers levels
  • Tyre's should be checked from cold at least once a week (mmm, I must check with hubbie that he does this once a week!)
  • Inspect tyres for cuts, bulges, uneven wear or objects embedded in the pattern
  • Old or damaged valv stems should be replaced
  • Cracked or bent rims should replaced immediately



Suzuki Bandit
Suzuki Bandit | Source

Researching the Metzeler Roadtec Z6 tyres

Being that this hub is about tyres I thought maybe I should do a little research.

I came across a write up done by a Biker who had tested the Metzeler Roadtec Z6 tyres and his write up gave me more of an insight into how times of changed and how sports touring tyres have progressed. After riding for for five miles on warm and sticky tarmac he found them to be grippy, he felt confident and stable and his words not mine they scrubbed in fast too!

Apparently, Metzeler don't do multi compouds on their tyres, instead they vary the tension of the carcass wires to change the characteristics of the tyre as it rolls from centre to edge. Metzeler say that this is about the whole tyre, carcass and compound- acting as one.

In the wet they are apparently fine.

Im glad to hear it!

Most Dangerous Roads in Britain for Bikers and Motorist alike

 
Road
Area
1
A537
From Buxton (Derbyshire) to Macclesfield (Cheshire)
2
A5012
From Pikehall (Derbyshire) to Matlock (Derbyshire)
3
A682
From M65 Nelson (Lancashire) to Long Preston (Yorkshire)
4
A621
From Baslow (Derbyshire) to Totley (Sheffield)
5
A530
From Whitchurch (Shropshire) to Nantwich (Cheshire)
6
A285
From Chichester (W Sussex) to Petworth (W Sussex)
7
A588
From Skppool (Lancashire) to Lancaster
 
A6075
From New Ollerton (Nottinghamshire) to Tuxford
It's always handy to know where they are before setting off for the a day's riding!
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Suzuki Bandit History

Year
About
 
1995
The first Bandit, the GSF600N
 
1996
The first 1200 Bandit models are launched
 
1997
ABS Bandit joins the range
 
1998
No additions
 
1999
No additions
 
2000
No additions
 
2001
Revamp of the 1200 Bandit
 
2002
No additions
 
2003
No additions
 
2004
Suzuki adds a catalytic converter
 
2005
The K5 and SK5 models are the last of the second gen 1200 Bandits
 
2006
GSF1200SK6 non-ABS version added
 
2007
FSF1250SA K7 joins the range
 
2008
1250GT Touring version
 
2009
Limited edition Bandit 1250SA 'Z'
 
2010
GSX1250FA is launched
 
2011
No changes
 
2012
No changes
 
2013
No changes
 
Just a little knowledge relating to the Suzuki Bandit

A solicitors answer to the question Can the police stop me?

The basic principles of what is and is not allowed.

It is suspected that the rider is committing an offence

The police can stop you for any reason

If you are stopped it is important to bear in mind that you are required by law to stop when directed to do so by a constable in uniform. If they are in a plain vehicle and you are uncertain, then continue to a well illuminated and public location such as a garage or better still to the local police station.

Genuine officers will recognise what you are doing and have no problems with this, whereas the fake impostor will probably get cold feet and pull off before you get to your chosen location.

The police have a duty of care not to put you in danger when stopping vehicles and will normally try to stop you from the rear, thereby avoiding putting themselves or members of the public and you at risk. If you decide to ride to a location which you feel is safer, then they will ride or drive at a discreet distance behind you.


And finally...

Be safe!

© 2014 Trudy Cooper

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    • tlcs profile imageAUTHOR

      Trudy Cooper 

      4 years ago from Hampshire, UK

      Will let my hubby know Tigrest, he is always interested in what other bikers are using!

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      Tigrest 

      4 years ago

      Great read, thanks! Tires are important. Will be testing Michelin Anakee 3 this season on my Pegaso :)

    • tlcs profile imageAUTHOR

      Trudy Cooper 

      4 years ago from Hampshire, UK

      Thanks, I think I am going to do some more work on this hub.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      It is the tire that prevents serious accidents, even for cars. Good advice to follow for all bikers.

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