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BikeSafe is a nationwide initiative run by many police forces around the United Kingdom, including Durham Constabulary.

The aim is to reduce the number of motorcycle accident casualties by promoting safer riding through lectures and assessment ride out taken by police advance motorcyclis

The workshops are hosted by police advanced motorcyclists. The workshop covers theoretical elements of road safety using video footage and animated clips to show just how easy it can be to spot the hazards and avoid dangers. Also included is an on-road observed ride which will provide riders with feedback regarding their riding skills.

For more details and to find a workshop near you click here.

BikeSafe top tips

  • Check your tyre pressures from cold at least once a week using an accurate gauge
  • Inflate tyres to the level recommended in the manufacturer's handbook
  • Inspect tyres for cuts, bulges, uneven wear or objects embedded into the tread pattern and replace if necessary
  • Use dust caps to keep dirt away from the valve core and to act as a secondary air seal
  • If your rims are cracked or bent they should be replaced immediately
  • Check that your tread depth is not below the legal minimum of 1mm (for bikes over 50cc)
  • Replace old or damaged valve stems
  • Select the correct type of tyre for your machine and riding style
  • Check that both tyres fitted to the bike are made by the same manufacturer and have the same tread pattern
  • Make sure that your tyre has been fitted the right way round by checking the directional arrows on the sidewall
  • When replacing tube type tyres always use a new inner tube
  • Make sure your tyre/wheel assembly is balanced correctly
  • Keep oil and grease off your tyres using detergent if necessary
  • If you are unsure on any aspect of tyre pressure or tyre condition take your bike to an approved fitting centre and speak to the experts