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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

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

How to push a motorcycle

It’s hard to believe when you are tipping your bike into a bend with the merest fingertip pressure on a bar, that your bolide weighs a couple of hundred kilos. But when you’ve got to push it into the garage past the car and the kids’ bikes that weight is all too apparent. The keys to moving your bike at ...

  • New rider
  • 04 June 2010

Legal advice: what to do if you have an accident in France

If you have had the misfortune to be involved in an accident in another EU member state like France and the foreign driver is blaming you and your insurer isn’t pursuing it hard, there are still steps you can take. If an English domiciled biker is injured in France by a French driver then as long as the French driver’s ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 26 March 2010

New Rider: What to do if your bike stops but has fuel

You are out on your first touring holiday having diligently loaded up your bike with all the stuff you think you’ll need, packing a tankbag to the gunnels with maps, spare gloves, waterproofs, travel documents you name it, and then your bike packs up on you, as though it’s run out of gas. Checking the fuel level shows it to ...

  • New rider
  • 26 March 2010

How to tune your bike

If you've had your new bike for a while and you want to start 'tuning' it, one of the simplest ways is to alter the gearing by changing the front/rear sprockets. If you lower the gearing that will improve acceleration as you use more of the higher gears more of the time. If you raie the gearing that will give ...

  • New rider
  • 08 January 2010

New rider: How to filter safely

There's a great deal of pleasure to be had from filtering past hundreds of frustrated car and lorry drivers. You are in charge of your own destiny and over time you are saving days of your life to do something more useful then clogging up the roads. But you are much more vulnerable when you venture out into that clear ...

  • New rider
  • 10 December 2009

Legal advice: What to do if the motorcycle parts you order don't turn up

What do you do if you order some motorbike parts, pay for them in full and then they aren’t delivered? Firstly telephone them to give them seven days to deliver the goods or provide a full refund, failing which you can tell them you will issue court proceedings in the small claims court for your losses. Assuming they ignore you, ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 06 November 2009

Motorcycle insurance advice: What to do if you fall off due to a diesel spill

If you are unlucky enough to come off on a diesel spill you can make a motorcycle insurance claim through the Motorist Insurers Bureau, however there are time limits on when you can claim and you need to have all the right information to hand. Get an incident report in writing from police within five days of accident (or as ...

  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • 06 November 2009

If you're not renewing your insurance, let them know!

Insurance, whether it's motorcycle insurance, house, car or life, is a contract and contracts have terms and conditions that can catch you out, especially in these days of telephone selling and direct debits. Rod Hallam's partner had insured her bike for the last year with a big company, but decided to place her business with a local broker when her ...

  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • 09 October 2009

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