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Green laning

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Fancy some muddy fun on two-wheels? Bikesure, the freethinking motorbike insurance broker, has compiled a guide to all things green laning.

 

What is green laning?

Green laning or trail riding is the recreational use of minor unsurfaced roads, public rights of way where vehicular rights exist. Trails vary in interest and challenges, but there are bound to be trails local to you. According to the Trail Riders Fellowship (TRF), The Peak District, Wales, the Yorkshire Dales and Exmoor are areas popular with trail riders.

 

Where can I ride?

The Trail Riders Fellowship (TRF) is a national organisation that can provide information on where you can legally ride, research historical routes and a have code of conduct designed to promote responsible, safe and socially acceptable riding and use of the countryside.

 

What kind of bike do I need?

As all these routes are legally carriageways green laner bikes need to be road legal, including having number plates, silencers, tax, MOT and insurance.

Being lightweight is one of the most important characteristics of a green laner motorcycle so small capacity, basic bikes make sense. Other key factors are good ground clearance along with well-muffled exhausts. Simplicity and reliability are also good qualities for any trail bike.

The Suzuki DR-Z400 is an ideal green laner, with enough oomph to lift the front wheel over obstacles. It’s a reliable ride, which is easy to work on, service at home and parts are cheap. As MCN says, “Brilliantly competent dual-purpose motorcycle that’s as happy pottering through the gridlock as it is bouncing over a paddock”.  Another, option is the Yamaha TT250R, geared towards the taller biker with a seat height of 895mm, although lowering links are now readily available.

Both have the all-important electric start. An electric start can make the difference between exhaustion and an enjoyable green laning experience as, you won’t have kick-start your bike over and over after offs, stops and stalls.

Green laning is also popular with Quad Bikers. For more information, check out the Green Lane Association (GLASS) website and Quad trail clubs, such as Berkshire & Hants Quad Trails Association.

 

What kit do I need?

Having the right gear is essential for comfort, protection against the elements and injury, such as the long sleeved ForceField motocross armour from dirtbikebitz.com. Across the forums Sidi Motocross boots are a popular choice, as are Motocross helmets, for example these from sportsbikeshop.co.uk. With such a wide variety of Helmet options available you should be able to get one that fits well, is comfortable, prevents overheating or steaming up and provides a good field of vision.

For more advice, photos, videos and information the UK Green Laning Bikes Facebook page is a useful resource.

Still not decided? Want to give it a try before you shell out money on the gear? Companies like Trail Riding UK and Muddy Wheels offer a complete guided trail riding with bike and gear hire to give you a taster.

 

 

New Bikes for 2014

 

The freethinking motorcycle insurance broker Bikesure, has pulled together some of the hottest new bikes being launched in 2014.

 

  • The all-new, entry-level Harley Davidson Street 750/500, was publicly introduced at 2013 EICMA Milan Show. Whilst the 500 is a US-only model, the 750 is destined for Europe and set to hit the UK market in 2015. The bike, an all-new liquid-cooled 60-degree V-twin with classic 1977 XLCR-inspired styling is designed to combine urban practicality with accessibility and appeal for all types of rider. The Street is claimed to be the lightest Harley, weighing in at 221kg when fuelled and ready making it nimble and agile.  Set for the big screen, this new Harley features in the new Captain America movie and trailer.
  • At the EICMA show, Yamaha unveiled three new additions: the MT-07 a ‘Dark Side of Japan’ themed, 689cc twin-cylinder model designed to deliver high agility, exciting torque and an enjoyable riding experience for an affordable price; the retro SR400  which, first launched in 1978, is making a return to front the Sport Heritage range; and the Tricity, a lightweight, 125cc 3-wheeler designed for economical commuting.
  • All new for 2014, BMW are unveiling the S1000R high-performance roadster and the new R1200RT tourer. The 2014 S1000R is directly derived from the S1000RR superbike, and it shares most of its components, features and technologies, including the same 999cc inline-four engine, but it has been reworked to deliver 160bhp and even more peak torque than the RR. The 2014 BMW R1200RT tourer is powered by a new 125bhp liquid-cooled boxer engine and offers “continent-crossing comfort, dynamic handling and a host of performance and safety-enhancing features as standard”, including ASC traction control, ABS and two riding modes.
  • Another first sighting in Milan was the new Kawasaki Z1000. The basic engine and chassis are unchanged, but modifications have been made to the powertrain, chassis, equipment and, the bike features new sharper styling referred to as “Sugomi” styling, a Japanese word that means “Someone, or something inspiring awe, leaving an indelible impression, daunting in stature or ability, and commanding respect.”  Videos and photos of the 2014 Z1000 can be seen on the Cycle World website.
  • Triumph has revamped its cruiser line-up with the new Thunderbird Commander  and the new Thunderbird LT (Light Touring).  The Thunderbird LT shares the Commander’s powerplant which at 1699cc, produces 94PS at 5400rpm and a huge 151Nm of torque at just 3550rpm. Both have a massive 22 litre fuel tank. Triumph has also launched a new 865cc America offering an accessible entry point into its cruiser range, and a new America LT, based on the America, but with factory-fitted extras designed to make long distance riding comfortable. Triumph has also stripped down and laid bare the new Triumph Speedmaster and launched a special edition of the Tiger 800XC.
  • Honda has launched a host of new models and updates to its existing ranges. First up a new high-spec version of the Fireblade, the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP, a track-focused, yet fully road legal machine. There’s also a new VFR800F based on the existing V4 800cc, with a 782cc liquid cooled 16-valve DHOC 90 engine and features such as a telescopic fork, pro-am swingarm, wheels, bodywork,  traction control, ABS and heated grips; a new CBR650F and a naked version of the CBR650F; the new CTX1300, ‘a touring cruiser for the bagger generation’ also available in a deluxe model, and a CBR300R – an updated version of the CBR250R. The Crosstourer has also been upgraded with new features including a selectable torque control system and there are new versions of the Integra, NC700s and NC700X. If that’s not enough, they have brought the 4RT back by popular demand, lighter and more agile than ever, and with a 260cc 4-stroke engine for even better performance.
  • Suzuki disclosed details of its new V-Strom 1000 adventure bike at the final round of the Le Mans 24-Hour – Suzuki Endurance Racing Team has won the 2013 FIM World Endurance Championship. They announced the final spec for what is set to be Suzuki’s most advanced adventure model ever,  featuring a new 1037cc V-Twin engine, new advanced traction control system which analyses information from five sensors on the machine and light-weight chassis which provides impressive manoeuvrability and agility. Along with increased power, the V-Strom returns class-leading 1000cc frugality too, doing 59mpg and a range of 259 miles, from its 20 litre fuel tank. The V-Strom even has its own website www.suzuki-vstrom.com. Other new Suzukis for 2014 can be seen here.

Free Quad Bike Insurance Competition Entering Final Stages

Free Quad Bike Insurance Competition Entering Final Stages

 

Bikesure’s year-long competition to win free quad bike insurance is drawing to a close, and with just one month left to go it’s time for us to announce some more winners.

Our quad bike competition to celebrate 10 years of offering quad insurance has been running since April 2013 and will end on March 31. Bikesure has now given away 11 years worth of free insurance to lucky policyholders, with the final winner to be announced in the coming month.

The competition is open to anyone taking out a new quad policy or renewing their current one and is available for all types of quad bike, from sports to utility and everything in between.

 

Our winners from August to February were:

  • August: Ralph Brooks, from Dawlish for his Quadzilla 500 ES
  • September: Alan Aldred from Farnham for his Polaris RZR 800
  • October: Mark Ravenscroft from Stockport for his Suzuki LTR 450
  • November: Alan Gill from County Durham for his Quadzilla 300E XLC Stinger
  • December: Martin Sherwin from Stoke on Trent for his Apache RLX 400
  • January: Simon Pavitt from Spalding for his Zhejiang 300cc
  • February: Gregory Trim from Taunton for his Quadzilla RS6

Bikesure general manager Gerry Bucke said: “It is fantastic news that we have been able to carry on giving something back to our valued customers in this way.

“I’m delighted that we have helped all of our winners so far, but with a month still to go until the close of the competition, you still have the chance to win a whole year of free insurance from us.”

 

Even if you’re not lucky enough to win free insurance, Bikesure offers great cover at affordable prices to suit any need. Bikesure’s quad bike policies offer:

  • A full range of covers, from comprehensive to TPFT and TPO
  • Cover for road and off-road use included
  • Multibike discounts available across a mix of quads and motorbikes
  • Cover available for riders without any no claims bonus or who have criminal convictions
  • £100,000 legal cover included as standard
  • All customised and modified quads can be insured
  • Breakdown and personal injury cover available as optional extras
  • Insurance available for leathers and helmets

Bikesure also offers a huge range of other discounts, including limited mileage policies, experienced riders and membership of an owners club.

For more information about our quad bike policies, get in touch by calling 0800 369 8580 or request a free callback via our website.

 

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