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Will I lose my licence if I've been summonsed?

I have nine points on my licence, all due to speeding offences, and I've recently had another one for doing 49mph in a 30mph limit. This time I have been summonsed to go to court and I'm worried that I may be disqualified from riding. Will I?Ian Woodhouse, Birmingham  The short answer is yes. The reason you've received a summons ...

  • Riding & Events
  • 05 February 2010

Legal advice: It's you versus the Highways Agency

"I was travelling home at night on a minor country road. Next thing I knew, I was spinning around like a top as I came around the corner and had to let go of the bike. I haven't injured myself (thankfully) but when I picked the bike up there was mud all over it. I checked the road and there ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • 12 January 2010

Can you use flashing cycle lights on a motorcycle?

Some riders are starting to use flashing bicycle lights in addition to their normal dipped beam when they are riding through heavy traffic. The trouble is that it is illegal under the Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations 1989 which say that lamps on motor vehicles have to show a steady light, unless it's an indicator, emergency vehicle headlamp, a warning beacon ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 18 December 2009

What happens when a part-exchange goes bad?

What happens if you agree a part-exchange deal that means you are going to get some money back, with the details written down and a £100 deposit taken, but then the dealer decides they have overvalued the part-exchange and you have to pay them money to complete the deal? You might think you can go ahead with the sale under ...

  • Buying & Selling Bikes
  • 27 November 2009

New rider: the importance of locking your bike up

It's a sad fact that bikes are all too easy to steal because two blokes can wheel one into the back of a van in seconds and four scum can pick one up to do the same job. Save cash on motorcycle security So your number one priority should be to attach it to something solid whenever possible, and if ...

  • New rider
  • 27 November 2009

Beware track bikes with no V5

Be very careful if you are buying a track bike, even from a dealer, and it doesn't have a V5 registration document because 'the chassis number has been removed to prevent a V5 being issued and it being used on the road'. Save cash on motorcycle insurance The whole point of a frame number is that it provides continuity and ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 20 November 2009

Don't park on a grass verge!

I've recently moved to Brighton and unfortunately discovered that there are a serious number of parking Nazis here with my second ticket in a month. I took my bike out of my garage and left it on a bit of grass between the road and pavement) for no more than five minutes while I sorted my kit out and when ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 15 October 2009

Knocked off my bike, what's my claim worth?

I was knocked off my motorcycle going into a roundabout. Liability was admitted and my bike was a write-off. I did receive compensation for the bike but am still awaiting compensation for my injuries. The solicitors who contacted me at the time of the accident were connected to my insurance company and they approached me in the first instance. For ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 08 October 2009

FAQ: What to do if you're sold a bike with iffy mileage

If you've just come home with your latest purchase, a used bike from a dealer, and you discover that the mileage isn't as it was advertised, what can you do about it? Motorcycles for sale Assuming that you no longer want the motorcycle you can return it to the dealer stating that you wish to reject the motorcycle as the ...

  • New rider
  • 08 October 2009

FAQ: How do I make a claim for poor service?

If you have had loads of grief with a bike you've just bought from a dealer, with some faults and a prolonged wait for parts it is sometimes possible to reject the bike. However, in order for there to be a right of rejection under the Sale of Goods Act, the goods must be sufficiently faulty in that they are ...

  • New rider
  • 01 October 2009

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