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Convicted Rider Insurance

If you’ve got points and bans, it pays to shop around for insurance


Once you’ve received a driving conviction, getting insurance can become more difficult and expensive. With the plethora of speeding cameras dotted around the country it is all too easy to be clocked exceeding the limit, especially as modern bikes have such great acceleration.


The problem is you might have racked up some points for speeding convictions resulting in a year’s ban from driving and now, a few years later, you find insurance companies are still giving you higher quotes. Often, this doesn’t seem fair, as it could have been a one off error of judgement and for most people it’s a case of ‘once bitten, twice shy’.


Or maybe you’ve got a conviction for something other than a motoring offence and find you are being penalised with high premiums when it comes to getting motorcycle insurance, even if you’re a good rider.


In these sorts of cases, if you investigate online insurance quotes your premium may end up sky high. Most sites add on fixed percentages for each conviction or ban, regardless of your individual circumstances with heavy loading for more serious convictions.


Don’t make the mistake of thinking that’s the norm and you’ll have stump up the money, or else not ride your bike. A phone call to a specialist insurance broker who can discuss your details will probably produce a more favourable premium.


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Bikesure, the free-thinking motorcycle insurance broker, understands that on the whole riders with convictions are not any different from riders without convictions. And, in fact, those who have points on their licenses may actually be more careful than those without – as they are worried about facing a ban.


One of the most common convictions in the UK is driving without insurance. This is a serious offence. First time offenders may receive six points and a fine, but the penalty could be more severe, including a ban, depending on the incident. Ironically, getting insurance after this conviction, labelled an IN10, can be really difficult.


At Bikesure, the experienced staff will do the leg work for you and ring around to find cover at a reasonable price. For example for a 23 year old male, living in the LN3 postcode who has an IN10 conviction and a subsequent 12 month ban will only pay £170 for third party, fire and theft cover on his Suzuki GS600F if he agrees to a £400 excess, once he is clear to ride again. This assumes he also had a recent 1 year NCB before he let his insurance lapse.


Top biker cafés

No good ride out is complete without a trip to a proper biker café but unless you plan ahead you just might miss out and roar past the best egg and chips in the area. The biking fanatics at Bikesure, the free thinking motorcycle insurance specialist, share their favourite haunts and give you some pointers as to where to look for other cafes.

And it’s not just nosh that’s on offer, most ‘real’ biker cafes have biker nights – most often on a Wednesday – when you can go along and be sure of meeting fellow bikers and listen to music and swap stories with people who speak your language.

Probably the most famous biker café is the Ace Café on the North Circular Road, London NW10 7UD. It is a biker’s paradise and site of the famous gatherings of bikers on their way to Brighton and Southend in the glory days of the Mods and Rockers. Recently it hosted its 19th annual reunion with a ride out to Brighton seafront. Food served is traditional British transport café food with vegetarian options.

Bikers in Yorkshire are spoilt for choice. There is the Squires Café that has been in operation since 1954. Located in the small town of Sherburn-in-Elmet, North Yorkshire LS25 5LX, its Wednesday evenings have become a popular event for bikers from all over Yorkshire and the north east. The café also has camping facilities and has become a touring base for bikers from further afield.


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Also in Yorkshire is the Manor Café a new purpose-built bikers café in the Yorkshire Dales. Located just outside Bellerby DL85QH. Cooking up a good British menu and offering free wi-fi, the Manor Hosts a variety of ride out events and is open till 8pm on Wednesday nights.

Another popular Yorkshire haunt is the Catfoss Café, Driffield YO25 8EJ. Here a cuppa will only set you back 80p, while a burger is just £2.00. This intimate café is only open Wednesday during Winter months and is located on private land, so once you are through the gates you can ride how you like – heaven.

In the south a well known and friendly meeting place is the Oakdene Café. A traditional English transport cafe situated on the A20 in Kent TN15 7RR near Brands Hatch motor racing circuit. The cafe serves good portions of good home cooked, traditional English food and is famous for its Oakdene special breakfast. Hundreds of motorbike fans meet at the Oakdene Cafe on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings.

There are masses of biker cafes throughout the UK and if you’re planning a trip then sites such as The Biker Guide, Engine Cycle and BMF have compiled lists of cafes for you to browse through.

Money saving tips for motorcyclists

Money saving motorcycle tips


Everyone seems to be looking for ways to cut expenditure, so the we have compiled some suggestions to help bikers save a few quid.


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  • Insurance. It’s a false economy to cut corners with insurance, be honest and be covered. Failing to disclose all information is fraud and can result in invalid insurance and even criminal convictions, not to mention a hefty pay-out if you can’t claim. Another saving is on mileage limits – be careful not to overestimate it, especially if you will not use your bike all-year-round. Third party insurance is not always the cheapest, so it is always advisable to get a quote for comprehensive insurance as well. Specialist insurance policies offer savings. There are policies especially for young riders, custom bikes and classic bikes etc.


  • Join an owners’ club. By joining an owners’ club not only will you get access to a wealth of knowledge and tips, but you can also get discounts. For example you can cut your insurance premium by up to 20% with Bikesure.


  • Petrol. There’s a lot of savings to be had where fuel is concerned. First of all, reduce the amount you use by making changes in the way you drive, accelerating and braking more gently to boost your MPG. There are a number of credit cards that offer cashback when you refuel, such as the Santander 123 card, which offers 3% cashback on spending at petrol stations. There are often supermarkets offering fuel discount vouchers. Another way to save is by looking around for cheaper fuel in your area, with sites such as


  • Check your bike.  Make sure your bike is regularly serviced to keep it working in tiptop condition and running efficiently. By regularly checking your bike you can spot and sort issues before they escalate into bigger and more expensive problems. Bike Trader has a list of daily checks to do, such as oil levels, suspension and drive chain.


  • Tyre pressure. Check tyres are inflated to the correct levels, as this saves fuel and increases safety.


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  • Carry out servicing and minor repairs yourself. By learning how to change your own oil and filter and carry out other maintenance tasks you can save yourself lots of cash. Trusty Haynes manuals help with basic servicing and repairs.


  • Security. By investing in the best security possible for your bike, such as a decent lock and chain, ground anchors, alarms, immobilisers, trackers, etc., and by storing the bike in a garage or shed, you can cut pounds from your premium for years to come (and, of course, make your bike harder to steal). | Specialist Motorcycle Insurance

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