I can't see a
thread on this subject so wanted to get an expert opinion on a situation I am
A few months
ago I decided to get in to motorbikes. Without any previous experience or
knowledge about motorbikes I took my CBT.
week I went to a well known motorbike dealership and told them I wanted a 125
motorbike. They recommended one to me which I subsequently purchased and had
When it was delivered
I took it for too rides in the sunshine and did about 30 miles, then 3 days
after receiving it I took it out in the evening after it had stopped raining.
Just coming of a roundabout the back wheel slipped and the bike tipped and I wrote
the bike of and injured myself.
Here is my
concern, up until this point I was sat at the side of the road thinking I’m
never going to ride a bike again but when the recovery truck came the mechanic
took one look at the bike and said “no wonder you came of it mate, new tyres need
scrubbing in and yours still have the bobbles on them, new tyres are notoriously
slippery” He also told me how he has ridden bikes all his life and every time
he gets new tyres the garage warns him to go steady for the first 100miles.
Now I took my
bike to a garage three days later, when I was able to walk again properly, and I
asked the owner about slippery new tyres and he echoed the words of the
recovery agent. I also went to another motorbike dealership and talked to the
manager who also agreed with the fact tyres need scrubbing in.
All this has
left me puzzled as at no point during the selection purchase and handover of my
new bike was any safety advice given. Also, there was a sticker on the tank
saying read the manual before use, but no where in the 4 pages of safety advice
does it mention tyre scrub in or slippery tyres at all.
I would like
to know MCN’s expert opinion on whether there is a hazard with new tyres