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Legal: Do I have to accept salvage value?

I have an ongoing liability case in which the third party's insurance has deemed my vehicle a total loss. Its pre-accident value has been placed at £3000 and the salvage at £900. They have sent me an interim without prejudice payment at £2100 to avoid unnecessary storage and vehicle hire charges. I am happy with the pre-accident value but not ...

  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • Insurance advice
  • 03 December 2010

Injury claim dropped because of conviction?

In May 2010 I was convicted of driving without due care and attention in the Magistrates court as a result of an accident I was involved in 5 months before. I was riding in the bus lane in London (allowed at that time in the morning) and went to undertake a car driver in the outside lane who I thought ...

  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • Insurance advice
  • 15 October 2010

Registering an unfinished frame

Oldbiker1950 has got a Yamaha TR1 which is in need of major restoration and he also has a Rickman Metisse frame which was obtained from the factory in the late 80's when it closed down. “The frame is in an unfinished condition which means it was never allocated a frame number. I know that I cannot build a "special" and ...

  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • Insurance advice
  • 07 October 2010

Pre-2001 Licence categories

Vehicle tests have become more complex over the years with several modules and more extensive theory tests. Full motorcycle licence holders who’ve held their licences pre-2001, also have a B1 classification which allows them to use “Motor tricycles / quad cycles, 3 or 4 wheeled vehicles with an un-laden weight not exceeding 550kg”. Armed with this category they do not ...

  • New rider
  • 10 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

Bike insurance advice: What happens when you have an accident in a bus lane

Riding in bus lanes is slowly starting to be allowed in towns and cities, but often with specific time limits. So what happens when you’ve had a prang when a car has turned across you and you realise that you weren’t actually permitted to use the bus lane at that time of day? There was a case where the county ...

  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • 20 August 2010

What happens when you get caught speeding over 100mph

If you are caught speeding at over 100mph on a national speed limit road, you are probably looking at a ban, even if your job relies on you having a driving licence. For speeding the penalty is between 3-6 points, with a fine not exceeding £2500 on a motorway or £1000 on any other road. Alternatively, the magistrates can give a ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 13 August 2010

Always send a photocopy

Dennis Smyth bought a set of tyres from a bike shop in their sale and arranged to keep them there until he needed to change them. Save £££s on motorcycle tyres But then the shop closed and his tyres disappeared. He has contacted the head office with the receipt as proof, but now that's disappeared. When he bought the tyres ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Tyres
  • 06 August 2010

Fines for small plates

Darren Izzard was riding home from a shopping trip when the boys in blue flagged him down. “I pulled over and turned the bike off, removed my helmet and approached the officers with a friendly smile. I hadn't been speeding or riding aggressively so was a bit curious about the pull.” Said Darren. “One officer engaged me in conversation and ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 23 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


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