Archive for April, 2008
Like many of you last Wednesday I went and bought my weekly copy of MCN and out fell a leaflet advertising something called UTAG.
Now like the beautiful Suzy Perry, I think this is a MUST HAVE PIECE OF KIT.
As bikers we all know that we take our lives into our own hands every time we go for a ride, be it from lorry drivers who leave diesel on the roads, idiots using mobile phones while driving or local government agencies using steel cables as crash barriers.
While most of us carry our drivers licence with us as ID and also perhaps are registered as organ donors but what about emergency contact details or important medical information.
The UTAG looks like a set of dog tags, but with modern USB technology also contains important medical and contact details that you wish to put on including, Personal details, Picture, Emergency contacts, Doctors contact details, Medical information and all this can be read in 7 languages. All for the grand price of £19.99
Now personally I think these make sense, so I’ve all ready ordered mine.
On Wednesday 16th of May I had the chance to do something I had not done since I was a kid, my wife and I were invited to go and watch the King’s Lynn Stars compete against the Edinburgh Monarchs at the Norfolk Arena.
What a night! these bikes are a 500cc engine fuelled by methanol, they go from 0-60 in 2.5 seconds that’s faster than a Formula 1 Car and on the straights average around 75mph. On top of this they go round the sweeping corners at an average speed around 60mph SIDEWAYS with NO BRAKES—WHAT A BUNCH OF NUTTERS!!
They race around an oval circuit that’s around 300 metres in length for 4 laps in an anti-clockwise direction as the bikes are only able to turn left and to get around such tight corners at such high speeds they actually have to accelerate.
A standard starter bike cost around £3000 and then the set up of the bikes is changed to suit the individual rider. Now I’ve seen larger front wheels on my wife’s mountain bike than these things have and each tyre costs £30 which needs replacing after every meeting.
Speedway fans like every other sports fan will travel the length and breadth of the country to support there teams, some of the riders are as young as 18 (oh to be that young and reckless again).
I would like to thank Keith (Buster) Chapman on behalf of myself and my wife for a fantastic nights entertainment and we would also like to wish the King’s Lynn Stars, Tomas Topinka, Shaun Tacey, Kevin Doolan, Kozza Smith, Rusty Harrison, John Oliver, Simon Lambert and Rob Lyon, every success in the British Premier League, GOOD LUCK LADS AND GO WIDE OPEN.
Well the show season is fast upon us and as usual Bikesure is gearing up to attend numerous events over the country for the following summer.
Following on from the success of previous meetings Bikesure are confirmed to be attending the following shows this year:
BMF 17th to 18th May = The largest outdoor motorcycle event in the Europe ( ooh impressive )
NABD “you been nabbed” 9th to 11th May = The largest outdoor gathering of men with beards ( oh and there’s a show there somewhere )
Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club 5th to 6th July = Need I say more??
UK quad show 27th to 28th Sep = Only quad show in the UK ( and the best )
If your quite new to what we do at these shows, I feel it my responsibility to fill you in with what it means to attend:
1. Spend the weekend giving out quotes to the public on laptops
2. Walking round the venue trying to be glamorous handing out goodie bags
3. Chatting to other companies and blagging as much free stuff as possible
4. Getting as many photo’s as you can with the promo girls ( just me )
As you can see, there is a lot of hard work and effort that goes into making a show successfull.
To keep up to date with the shows so far and whats happening within bikesure, keep posted to this blog!
Now I happen to think that I’m a very lucky person, I happen to have a job where I work with some stunning young ladies ( See the Flux Babes and you’ll see what I mean) and I am in a job that allows me to be able to meet some interesting characters.
I’ve been asked to write the occasional article to introduce myself; but me being the shy and timid type I thought that I would introduce some of the people that I know instead.
Pete Senior has been working on scooters for over 30 years and around 2 years ago decided to take a leap of faith and open his own shop helped by his son Pete Junior.
Between the two of them they can do just about everything that needs to be done; from services to one off custom builds. They have described the work that they do as a labour of love but if you ever see these two work together it’s a typical father and son team ripping each other to shreds.
Now they also have a grease monkey called Kev who helps them out occasionally and Kev has actually been blackmailed to attending the Celtic Warriors Birthday Bash back in April 2005 where his scooter won best paint work with a Marillion theme.
If any of you scooter-boys are heading out this neck of the woods to King’s Lynn, Hunstanton or Norwich pop in and say hello the coffee’s always on the go.
That’s about all for now.
Safety is always a more intimate concern for those who prefer to travel on two wheels than it is for those who favour four wheels and a metal box. With nothing between you and the road, any accident is potentially quite harmful to a motorcyclist.
All sensible bikers in this day and age should be wearing a decent helmet and a good set of leathers (or other suitably protective clothing). But now some of the fancy safety features standard on most modern cars are starting to become available to bikers.
Dainese have come up with an airbag that is incorporated into the rider’s protective clothing. They are currently testing and refining the technology on the track, but it is sure to become widely available in the next few years, so frequent riders could benefit from added peace of mind.
The idea is that the neck, head and chest are protected from any impact or scraping injuries, meaning you’re more likely to survive any injury suffered.
Whilst this is still very much early days, any technology to reduce injuries suffered by bikers has got to be a good thing. And whilst these outfits probably won’t be cheap, decent protective gear rarely is, which is why it’s so important to get a decent helmet and leathers insurance policy – ours gives £1,000 worth of cover for just £20 per year.