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Legal advice: claim for the cost of not riding

Chris Dabbs, 20 October 2010 15:30

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 ...

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Don't get done by poor servicing

Chris Dabbs, 09 July 2010 14:29

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 ...

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Proper use of mirrors

Chris Dabbs, 11 June 2010 10:33

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 ...

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Speed camera detectors on satnavs - where you stand

Chris Dabbs, 30 April 2010 15:11

Speed limits are being more rigourously enforced in Europe these days, especially France. The French have also banned speed device detectors and will confiscate any they find on vehicles. Some riders are worried that their existing satnavs loaded with software that shows where European Safety Cameras are will be at risk. If you are taking the latest generation of sat ...

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

Chris Dabbs, 26 March 2010 16:49

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 ...

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When can I use the hard shoulder?

Chris Dabbs, 25 June 2009 17:19

Q. I got caught in a truly torrential downpour on the M69 the other day, so I was glad for once that I was in a car. Through the gloom and spray I saw flashing lights up ahead that turned out to be the hazard warning lights of four police bikes. They were all taking shelter under one of the motorway bridges, ...

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Negotiating hairpins with luggage

Chris Dabbs, 19 June 2009 17:10

Anybody who’s done a lot of touring with a fully laden bike will know that one of the hardest manoeuvres to master is the downhill hairpin. Here’s a technique that I think is the best. Approach the hairpin with the front and back brake on, then release the front and 'tip it in' keeping the back brake trailing, accelerate out ...

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Legal advice: Spectators being injured at events

Chris Dabbs, 11 June 2009 13:57

Thankfully there haven¹t been any deaths among spectators at the TT this year, but if the awful did happen are race participants and sports administrators responsible for death and injury caused by such crashes? A line of cases involving motorbikes and horses, for example, establishes that unless race participants show a 'reckless disregard' for the safety of spectators they should ...

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Turn-in points on the road

Chris Dabbs, 22 May 2009 15:36

We're often told to use a deeper turn entry point on bends to improve visibility through the corner, but some people worry that it makes the corner sharper at the point of turn which loads up the front tyre and increases the risk of a crash which seems to defeat the object. But it's all a matter of degree, if ...

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Touring advice: Insurance in Canada

Chris Dabbs, 20 May 2009 09:55

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. We're planning a major holiday, touring around Canada using our own bike, but we’re having problems finding bike insurance. Stuart Cook, Richmond A. Jean Duncalf, one of our readers, was planning a similar trip recently ...

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