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Legal advice: Mud on the road caused crash

“I was riding past a building site and the lorries using the site must have pulled out the mud so the road was covered in it. I slowed down but I couldn’t stop the front wheel slipping out from under me, leaving me with a broken thumb and fractured arm. I have photographs of the road which were taken on ...

  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • Insurance advice
  • 25 June 2010

Dodgy MoTs and eBay

I've been bike mad for twenty odd years and always worked on my own bikes. I've been buying cheaper, older bikes and giving them full rebuilds. Generally when I've got them to a high standard I get bored, sell them and find a new project. I've bought five bikes through eBay in recent years. All of them have faults that ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 24 June 2010

What to do if you disagree with a speeding ticket

If you get a speeding ticket through the post, which you really disagree with, you are able to request details of the camera used to capture you and its calibration certificate. You are also entitled to request the photograph and video (if a video exists). You can do so before pleading not guilty, though they do not have to give ...

  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • 18 June 2010

Proper use of mirrors

One of the great attractions of motorcycles is that you can overtake other vehicles far more easily, but you’ve got to take more care when doing so. Simon Williams from Cleveland decided to overtake a lorry and a tractor as the road ahead was clear, but as he overtook the lorry he saw that the tractor in front was turning ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 11 June 2010

Badly surfaced work car parks

Riding to work is a great way to beat the traffic, especially if you have got a works car park to leave your bike in safely. But what do you do if the car park is in a shocking state with potholes and sharp objects that mean you have picked up numerous punctures? The law says that employers have a ...

  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • Insurance advice
  • 04 June 2010

Legal advice: what to do if the work car park is dangerous

Riding to work is a great way to beat the traffic, especially if you have got a works car park to leave your bike in safely. But what do you do if the car park is in a shocking state with potholes and sharp objects that mean you have picked up numerous punctures? The law says that employers have a ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 03 June 2010

What to do if you’re knocked off on a roundabout

Q. I was travelling along the A505 in Hertfordshire last May, on one of the roundabouts.  I was in the nearside lane and wanted to take the second exit. I indicated having passed the first exit and as I was pulling off the roundabout  a car came from my left from the first exit and side-swiped me. Save cash on ...

  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • Insurance advice
  • 28 May 2010

Putting an old bike back on the road

Many of us have got one of our old bikes lurking at the back of the garage as a project to rebuild. But they have been off the road for so long that they predate Statutory Off Road Notification regulations, so what happens if you rebuild it and put it back on the road? Will the old numberplate still be ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 12 May 2010

Am I to blame for crash while overtaking?

Q. Last year I was the victim of a pretty bad motorcycle accident where I ended up with a fractured pelvis and arm. I was following a couple of friends on a rideout. They had overtaken a line of three or four cars ahead and I was overtaking the same cars when one of them pulled across me without indicating, ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 07 May 2010

Speed camera detectors on satnavs - where you stand

Speed limits are being more rigourously enforced in Europe these days, especially France. The French have also banned speed device detectors and will confiscate any they find on vehicles. Some riders are worried that their existing satnavs loaded with software that shows where European Safety Cameras are will be at risk. If you are taking the latest generation of sat ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 30 April 2010

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