Bike Treads have been servicing bikes in Wiltshire for over 34 years, with a fully equipped workshop we are able to service, repair and maintain all makes and models of motorcycle and scooter. We can diagnose faults, fix existing problems or conduct crash repair estimates and repairs through your insurance company should the need arise. We are also Wiltshire's leading specialist tyre fitting centre with industry trained and regularly assessed tyre fitters, able to assess tyre damage and either permanently repair or replace your tyres with an economic commuter tyre, sports touring mile-muncher or track day sticky-slick.
if you need an MOT, book yourself in using our online MOT form. We will have you away in 30 to 40 minutes and whilst here you can enjoy a look around our showroom or a hot beverage. There is a comfortable waiting area with a dedicated monitor viewing the MOT bay.
If you need a service our workshop staff are incredibly proud of their skillset with over 120 years combined knowledge from manufacturer trained, race technical and competition backgrounds. We take pride in our work and in our abilities.
Regularly servicing your motorcycle will not only prolong its life, it’ll allow you to get the best performance from it.
Our workshop staff have over 120 years combined experience in main dealer, independent, factory and competition backgrounds giving us a fundamental understanding on the importance of scheduled maintenance. There are many garages to choose from but please make sure you choose a business that is 100% motorcycle trained and not those ex-car mechanics or jack-of-all-trades. There are many of these about and the lack of specific model knowledge can often lead to increased maintenance costs going forward through missed service items and incorrectly conducted servicing. We do see and rectify these issues regularly.
Oils are so advanced now that the typical rider won’t see any problems if it’s changed at the recommended intervals. Of course, it depends on how you ride, but unless you’re putting your engine through very extreme stress – for instance by racing – the oil will easily go the distance. The filter should be changed with the oil – it’s a relatively inexpensive part, and unlike some cars that allow a filter change every other oil change, a motorcycle engine works a lot harder. Some bikes, like certain Austrian and Italian motorcycle manufacturers, have one or more mesh screens fitted to further filter the oil – in this case they can be washed, but a complete kit of filter, O-ring and two mesh strainers costs will not cost the earth and are often a necessary requirement in the manufacturer service schedules.
Many bikes have a ‘canister’ oil-filter, typically mounted at the front or bottom of the engine and easy to access – the disadvantage with these is that they can be easily damaged. We have seen filters that have been punctured by a foreign object such as a stone, which subsequently caused oil to spray over the rear tyre. Some models utilize a cartridge-type filter that’s tucked away inside the engine, making it less prone to damage. Some bikes – typically more specialist or 'older-design type' machines like the Honda CR450 and Harley's – use a separate oil for the engine and transmission, whereas you’ll usually find your motorcycle takes one oil in the sump to lubricate the engine and integral gearbox. Bike oils are different to car oils as they’re designed to soak the clutch plates – a car oil will cause it to slip.
Even in older Ducati's, which had dry clutches (hence the distinctive rattle sound), a specific motorcycle oil must be used, not least because it needs to deal with the sheering forces of a gearbox, cheap supermarket oils really do not offer value for money when it isn't doing what it is designed to do. Avoid these at all costs, the price is usually a quick giveaway to their quality.
When checking the level of your bike’s oil, consult your owner’s manual first – some machines have a very specific procedure, and checking while the bike’s cold might lead you to believe that the level’s low when it’s not; overfilling an engine can be almost as damaging as starving it of oil.
Bike Treads Motorcycle Centre is a trading name of Biker Emporium LTD (FCA no. 795445) who is acting as a credit broker and not a lender.