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December 12, 2010 19:01 ET

Winter Bike Advice, from Swinton Bike Insurance

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 12, 2010) - As winter weather manages to deter most motorcycle enthusiasts, Swinton Bike Insurance is advising motorcyclists everywhere to purchase a winter hack, making sound financial sense whilst putting some fun into winter riding.

Swinton Bike Insurance completed an online survey of 1200 respondents, and found only 12% of motorcyclists currently have a winter hack, which ensures their "proper" bike stays safe, tucked up in the garage, away from salty roads, corrosive rain and the possibility of a costly ice slide during the winter months.

The survey also revealed that 82% of motorcyclists have thought about purchasing a second hand bike for winter weather, as they take the pressure off winter riding.

Swinton Motorbike Insurance is offering some winter hack help, to advise customers on what to purchase:

  • Look for high value, not low price – don't always go for the cheapest as it may just be a short term fix
  • The simpler the better – the more complex a used bike is the more likely problems may occur.
  • Test the new bike before the winter – adapting to a new bike in the winter months is never easy
  • Be prepared to look uncool – ugly bikes save money
  • Naked all the way – plastics are a hassle to take on and off, go naked and fit guards for the engine and levers 
  • Common as muck – look for something tried and tested, don't go for rare or niche bikes
  • Check the consumables - Make sure you treat it with as much respect as your other bikes and keep it clean and serviced
  • Be prepared to be won over by your winter hack - they are often very underestimated bikes, with huge capabilities

Anthony Aronin, head of Swinton Bikes, said: "Buying the right winter hack is a good idea, but it's important to ensure you purchase in a cost effective way. When buying a second hand bike for the winter months you need to ensure you get the best insurance deal possible as they're policies available that can save you money on your second bike."

About Swinton

  • With 603 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer
  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community
  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance
  • With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates
  • With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates
  • Be prepared to be won over by your winter hack - they are often very underestimated bikes but with huge capabilities - do you really need over 150BHP when you can have as much fun with 75? (whilst saving on running costs and consumables) I have often seen exotic/powerful bikes for sale in April because they have bonded very well with their so called 'Winter Hack'! 

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