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Dabbsy's TT blog: The first few days

Saturday“It was 20 years ago today”, the Beatles’ timeless lyrics seemed appropriate as I weaved through Liverpool to catch the ferry to the Isle of Man for practice week, especially as it was 20 years since my last visit to the Island. Then, I was riding FireBlades and GSXRs road-testing on MCN until a big crash stuck me in a ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • TT & road races
  • 30 May 2013

Bike Chooser: Sub-£4000 all-rounder

"I’m looking for a used bike under £4000 that can do a bit of everything, commute and a long weekend away with the missus. If it's already got a top box or Givi rack even better."Chris Icke, Nottingham The One to BuyKawasaki Versys 650£2899-£6999 Chris has only been riding for a year so he’s going to need a rider-friendly bike ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 29 March 2013

Bike Chooser: Cheap Litre Superbikes

"I have been saving up to buy a new superbike but after being made redundant recently I have been forced to scale back my plans. I don’t want to give up on my dream of owning a litre sportsbike but I need to think a bit more economically. I reckon I can stretch to around £4,000. Any ideas?" James Dewhurst, ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 21 March 2013

Bike Chooser: Urban Commuter

Which 125cc urban commuter? "I had a scooter when I was growing up in Spain, now I want a 125 in the Spring for a short, cross-town commute." Santi, Kingsthorpe THE ONE TO BUYHONDA XL125V VARADERO£1890-£4500 Santi doesn’t want an “arse in the air” sports bike, but he has got up to £4000 to spend so there’s plenty of choice ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 12 February 2013

Motorcycle insurance: What to do if they won't cover you

Matthew Colbourne lives in Hertfordshire and works in London. He started biking in 2005 at the age of 42, buying a KTM 950 Adventure and immediately became hooked - clocking up 15,000 miles a year and eventually selling his car for lack of use.   Save £££ on motorcycle insurance with MCN Compare In 2008 July he bought a KTM Super ...

  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • Insurance advice
  • 03 December 2010

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

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

New rider: Avoiding punctures

There are a few things you can do to combat the risk of punctures. First of all, try to avoid the areas of the road that debris collects in. That tends to be between opposing lanes, around traffic island and close to the gutter where any tat gets flicked up by other traffic. So, if you spend a lot of ...

  • New rider
  • 03 December 2010

Insuring a new bike to ride home

You will find that if you have a driving other motorcycles extension on your policy then your certificate will state so.  Some motorcycle insurers do offer cover for ‘Riding Other Bikes’ as an extension, and if you think you will need it to, say, test ride your next bike, or maybe borrow a mate’s machine for a spin, it’s worth ...

  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • Insurance advice
  • 22 October 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


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