Biker Group declares Michelin X Works ‘best product on the market’19 February 2019

Construction industry operator Biker Group is reporting savings of £80,000 a year on fuel and tyre-related downtime since moving to an all-Michelin policy.

The North Yorkshire-based company had been using a combination of Michelin and competitor fitments until two years ago, when it signed its entire fleet up to the manufacturer’s multi-life policy – using a mix of 295/80 R22.5 and 315/80 R22.5 new and Michelin Remix tyres across its rigids and tractors, and 385/65 R 22.5 on trailers.

Rolling resistance data provided by Michelin – and verified by Biker Group – shows the Michelin X Works tyres have contributed to a 209-tonne saving on annual CO2 emissions compared to competitor tyres.

Managing director Tony Biker says: “On some days our vehicles may only do up to four miles, but in some pretty atrocious quarry conditions where they can take a real hammering. We also need them to be flexible enough to cater for primarily road-based deliveries at other times.

“Since moving to a 100% Michelin policy we have seen a noticeable reduction in downtime due to tyre damage, plus we’re benefiting from improved fuel efficiency, which in turn cuts emissions, too. Quite simply they are the best product on the market.”

Biker also describes Michelin’s accidental tyre damage guarantee as “invaluable” – if accidental damage is suffered before a new or Remix tyre is 50% worn, the customer is refunded.

“We have only had to change a few but Michelin has honoured the agreement each time,” he adds.

With the manufacturer’s Remix policy, the operator also benefits from multiple lives from each new casing – new, regroove, Remix and regroove – with the potential for a worn Remix tyre to be retreaded again through Michelin’s Encore remoulding process.

Laura Cork

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