April 30 2009.

The likelihood that the recession will force many riders to keep their machines for at least another year places greater stress on key components such as the battery to go the distance.

Johnson Controls, the manufacturer of  VARTA batteries, is reminding riders that they can take advantage of a free battery check at their nearest participating stockist to ensure that their battery will provide reliable starting for the coming year.

A new 2009 pocked-sized VARTA motorcycle battery catalogue is available to help riders and dealers choose exactly the right replacement battery to match the unit supplied with the bike or scooter as original equipment. The pocket guide has been updated to include over 300 new models, including the latest BMW bikes such as the R 1200 HPZ sport, and the F 800 GS.

There are some great prizes to be won in the current VARTA V promotion, which is being run at participating stockists this Spring. A photo competition invites bikers to submit a photograph of themselves with their bike, giving the VARTA V hand signal, before 31 May for the chance to win.

Prizes to be given away as part of this Europe-wide competition are 10 GILERA Runner SP 50 scooters and 20 TomTom RIDER satellite navigation systems. Further information is to be made available on the VARTA website,

VARTA's range provides 98 per cent coverage of the UK two-wheel market. For commuting and sports bikes, VARTA LF AGM batteries are the ideal solution. They are vibration, spill and leak proof and 100 per cent maintenance free. They offer high starting performance and longer lifespan, while a low self-discharging rate means that they can withstand longer periods out of use.

Also available from VARTA stockists throughout the UK is the new "Fresh Pack" battery concept, which offers ultimate consumer convenience. The battery is supplied with a safety container for the acid, and the correct amount of acid to commission the battery.

Traders can contact VARTA Customers services on 01895 838991