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Insurance advice: What to do if you hit a patch of diesel

John Randell from Swansea was on his usual way home from work recently when his bike hit a patch of diesel, destroying his bike and fracturing his arm and leg. “I don’t see why I or my motorcycle insurance should have to pay for this, but I’m not sure where I stand? The first thing he should do if he ...

  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • 01 October 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

Legal advice: Mud on the road caused crash

“I was riding past a building site and the lorries using the site must have pulled out the mud so the road was covered in it. I slowed down but I couldn’t stop the front wheel slipping out from under me, leaving me with a broken thumb and fractured arm. I have photographs of the road which were taken on ...

  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • 25 June 2010

Basic Skills: How to take a pillion for the first time

If you are a new rider about to take a pillion for the first time, the chances are that your passenger is a novice too, so take some time to brief them on the dos and don'ts of happy two-up riding before you fire the bike up. That way they will be confident and more relaxed and you shouldn¹t notice ...

  • New rider
  • 13 November 2009

Basic Skills: How to check your tyre pressure

Checking your tyres on a weekly basis is a really good habit to get into. Not only will you ensure that your bike¹s handling stays sweet, but simply crouching down to check pressures and condition of the rubber will help you spot any other adjustments that may be needed to the chain or brakes. Tyre pressures should always be checked ...

  • New rider
  • 13 November 2009

FAQ: How much trouble can I get in for speeding?

It¹s very easy to get carried away with your new purchase, regardless of its power levels and capacity. Even a 125 can go fast enough to get you points on your licence on a country road. Here are the current Association of Chief Police Officers guidelines for speeding punishments:    Speed Limit (mph)    Fixed Penalty    Summons  20                                       25                       35  30                                       35                     ...

  • New rider
  • 19 October 2009

Motorcycle insurance advice: Should you disclose previous non-motoring offences?

If you have received an motorcycle insurance renewal notice from your broker asking if you have ever had a conviction for a non-motoring offence, here's why they're asking, and where you stand... The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 enables some criminal convictions to become 'spent', or ignored, after a period of time from the date of conviction. After this period, with ...

  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • 18 September 2009

Legal advice: Can you forget about an offence after six months?

It's a commonly held belief that there is a six-month limit on summons, and if one arrives 26 weeks after the offence, you can ignore it. Unfortunately the applicable six-month rule for a summons to be issued is within six months of the information being laid before the court, rather than within six months of the date of the offence. ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 19 August 2009

FAQ - Do traffic police have to wear high-vis clothing to be able to issue a ticket?

There's nothing worse than a police officer suddenly appearing and waving you into the side of the road for a lecture at best, and probably a ticket too. It's so unfair, why aren't they wearing high-viz clothing, surely that's against the regulations? Sadly not, police officers do not have to wear specific clothing when engaged in roads policing or provide ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 14 August 2009

Negotiating hairpins with luggage

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 ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 19 June 2009

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