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Insurance advice: What to do if you hit a patch of diesel

John Randell from Swansea was on his usual way home from work recently when his bike hit a patch of diesel, destroying his bike and fracturing his arm and leg. “I don’t see why I or my motorcycle insurance should have to pay for this, but I’m not sure where I stand? The first thing he should do if he ...

  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • 01 October 2010

Insurance: take the necessary precautions

You may think that if you have had an accident and it’s not your fault, that you can claim for all the injuries and damage you have suffered.   However, there is a legal principle that the injured person is expected to have taken all reasonable steps to protect themselves from injury. If not, then the other side may be able ...

  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • 24 September 2010

Fitting a new chain

If you are thinking of changing your chain there are a few things you should consider. You can get more out of it, if you keep it scrupulously lubricated and adjusted through its life, ideally with the lube drip-fed as you ride by a Scottoiler or the like. Don’t just fit a chain on its own as it will wear ...

  • New rider
  • 24 September 2010

New rider: Parallel twins explained

The parallel twin cylinder engine has a long history of use in motorcycles, being the mainstay of the British motorcycle industry for 50 years until the smoother, more sophisticated four-cylinder engines from Japan usurped it in the large capacity classes. The twin has the advantage of a still being relatively narrow and easy to work on, while giving reasonable power ...

  • New rider
  • 24 September 2010

New Rider: Why triples rock

The first ‘modern’ three-cylinder engine was an inline design built by the Triumph/BSA conglomerate back in the 1969 using their existing twin-cylinder motors, as a response to Honda’s revolutionary four-cylinder engine. And it’s Triumph who champion the design today in their Speed Triples and 675s. The advantages of triples are that they can rev higher than a twin, and have ...

  • New rider
  • 17 September 2010

Save on insurance with MCN Compare

After being with Devitts insurance for three years, insuring his Blackbird with them on a fully comp policy, Kevin Nash decided to change to a Kawasaki ZZR1400. Get a motorcycle insurance quote now “I pay my policy in full every year and it had cost me £225 six months ago. When I phoned Devitts and told them about the change ...

  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • 17 September 2010

Legal advice: Choose your own solicitor

If you’ve been unlucky enough to be in an accident, but you have got legal cover, it makes life easier to have your legal expenses paid when you claim against the other party. Your insurance company has already got an arrangement with solicitors and may insist that you use them, otherwise they won’t fund the claim. However, you do not ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 09 September 2010

Motorcycle insurance: How to claim for a crash on mud

If you lose the front of your bike on mud and straw while braking at a T-junction on a country lane like Rob McLean did, then you may be able to claim compensation. “Judging by the tyre tracks the mud and straw was left by a tractor. There had been some overnight rain but the road surfaces were dry apart ...

  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • 16 July 2010

Don't get done by poor servicing

About 12 months ago Pete Hales bought an 06-plate Triumph ST1050 from an authorised dealer. It had had one owner from new with full service history from the dealer who he bought it from. The bike had been recently serviced and had a full MOT.   “I have just had the four year service done by the same dealer. During the ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 09 July 2010

Motorcycle insurance: Don't drink and ride

Thank goodness drinking and driving is socially and morally unacceptable these days, but there are still people out there who have one more than they should and think they’ll be careful to keep out of people’s way. What they probably don’t realise is that most insurance policies have an exclusion that’s worded along the lines of "If an accident happens ...

  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • 09 July 2010

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