Tyre tread pattern inspires wedding ring
Separating his love for motorcycles with the love for his partner is difficult for Dan Whitehouse.
Motorbike-fanatic Whitehouse has just tied the knot with his girlfriend Sarah, and he decided to give his wedding band a unique motorcycle feel... by recreating the tread pattern from the Avon tyre on his Suzuki Bandit 1200!
"In that time I've had three sets of Avon tyres on my bikes and I love them. As to the wedding, well, you know what girls are like. They want to make all the arrangements but Sarah said I could choose the transport to and from the wedding as well as the rings, and I knew exactly what I wanted."
But how do you create a ring from a motorbike tyre tread? Wheel it out of the garage and photograph the tyre – that's how!
"I love bikes so much that I wanted the rear tread of the Viper Sport tyre I had on the back of the bike recreated, and cut into the metal of the ring itself.
"I took the pictures and showed them to the designer in the shop. I love the look of the tread pattern and when people see the ring, they'll know that I love Sarah and that I love bikes."
The ring itself cost Whitehouse a cool £1350. It's made from palladium and it took three weeks to make. And the bride-to-be added her own touch as well.
"Sarah had some jewellery that she didn't want so it was broken down to help make the ring – including a diamond which is mounted on the inside of the ring," said Whitehouse.
"I guess people say it's a free advert for Avon, but to be honest, with the ring being made out of palladium, I don't think the ring has the same sort of grip around corners."
Naturally the tyre firm has wished the couple all the best for the future.