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New rider: Avon offer free replacement on damaged or punctured tyres

Avon tyres have got a scheme called the Road Hazard Warranty. If one of their radial tyres becomes damaged or punctured they will replace it free of charge, as long as there's no more than 1mm of wear on the centre of the tread.   To make a claim, call Avon Customer Services on: 01225-357750. They will direct you to a ...

  • New rider
  • 03 December 2010

Legal advice: claim for the cost of not riding

A bike crash is traumatic enough, but if the psychological damage from it means you can’t get back in the saddle again, how do you quantify the cost? Will Faith from Hampshire was sideswiped by a bus two years ago, receiving multiple fractures and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. His physical injuries healed, but now he’s too scared to get back ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 20 October 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
  • Choosing a bike
  • 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
  • Insurance advice
  • 16 July 2010

New Rider: Slow speed shimmy

If you are new to biking there are lots of fresh sensations to get to grips with, from leaning into bends, to the front dipping under braking or that pull on your arms as you accelerate hard. One strange one you may come across is a shake through the forks at certain speeds, mainly between 40-50mph and mostley when you ...

  • New rider
  • 09 July 2010

New Rider: Best 33bhp bike for distance

Bogumil Kusiba has just passed his bike test for the 33bhp restricted licence and he wants to trade in his Honda Varadero 125. “It’s a great bike, however due to my high commuter mileage, 54 miles each way, mainly motorway. my Varadero is struggling and I am concerned that it may be too many miles for such a small  engine.” ...

  • New rider
  • Choosing a bike
  • 09 July 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

New Rider: How to ride safely on a motorway

Motorways may be boring to ride on, but they are the safest roads in Britain despite the high speeds and vast volumes of traffic that use them. This is because they traffic joining them filters on and off on the slip roads at junctions, instead of pulling across at right angles to on coming traffic. The two streams of traffic ...

  • New rider
  • 11 June 2010

How to tell if you have a puncture

The tubeless tyres that are fitted to the vast majority of bikes these days are more puncture-resistant than tyres with inner tubes and don’t tend to suffer from the rapid deflation that is a characteristic of a tubed tyre when they do pick up a puncture. This is because the object that pierces the tyre often stays embedded in the ...

  • New rider
  • 04 June 2010


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