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Bikesure staff urged to get on two wheels in Ride to Work Week

Riding a motorcycle to work can cut journey times, ease congestion and save money, according to insurance broker Bikesure.

And the Norfolk-based company is backing national Ride to Work Week by encouraging staff with bikes or scooters to swap four wheels for two – and offering two free training courses to would-be riders.

Ride to Work Week, from Monday, June 15 to Friday, June 21, is organised by the motorcycle industry and sponsored by Get On, an industry group that helps new motorcyclists get on the road.


Gerry Bucke, general manager at Flux and its Bikesure motorcycle insurance brand, said the start of the summer was the perfect time to encourage existing and prospective bikers to leave their car at home in favour of the joys of motorcycling.

“Summer motorcycling is not only great fun, but your journey will be much cheaper – and potentially quicker – than driving a car to work,” he added.

“They are the two big motivations of Ride to Work Week – the enjoyment and sense of freedom of riding a bike, and the reduction in congestion on the roads that has seen journey times in cars increasing over many years.”

Flux will enter anyone who rides to work during the week into a prize draw and allow them to wear casual clothes, as well as giving away two compulsory basic training (CBT) courses to non-riders via a raffle.

The evidence that switching to two wheels saves time not only for the rider, but for other motorists too, is compelling.

A study by Transport and Mobility Leuven modelled the traffic for one of the most congested roads in Europe.

It found that when 10 per cent of drivers swapped to a bike or scooter, congestion was reduced for all road users by 40 per cent. When 25 per cent of drivers swapped, then congestion was eliminated entirely.

And the Confederation of British Industry predicts congestion will increase by 50 per cent within a generation, while the TomTom UK Traffic Survey 2014 also recorded increased congestion in most of the busiest cities in the country.

For information about learning to ride visit Get On or contact your local dealer or training school.

Six reasons to get on a bike:

Save money: Road tax starts at just £16 a year for smaller motorcycles and parking is generally free. Add that to lower fuel bills and you’re laughing.
More flexibility: No more waiting for overcrowded and delayed buses or trains. Just get on and go when you’re ready.
More friends: There are 1.3 million motorcycles on UK roads. That number’s risen by 75 per cent since 1995, easily the fastest-growing type of vehicle.
More fun: How many commuters do you know who get off the bus with a big smile every day?
Less congestion: 85 per cent of commuting car drivers are alone in their car. If just a few of them switched to a scooter or motorbike it would mean fewer cars in the morning and evening rush hours and everyone could keep moving.
Less fuel burnt:  Smaller motorbikes and scooters can do over 100 mpg. That means less exhaust fumes for everyone else to breathe in, too.

Guy Martin lined up for spectacular Dirt Quake IV

Bike racer and TV presenter Guy Martin will be the star attraction as the world of alternative two-wheeled racing returns to King’s Lynn this summer.

Martin will join riders from across the world at the fourth annual Dirt Quake event, a spectacular celebration of motorcycles of all shapes and sizes racing on the oval circuit at the Adrian Flux Arena.

The event, and the bikes, are a world away from the more regimented speedway meetings normally held at the track, with everything from Harley Davidsons and classic Triumphs to scooters and tiny monkey bikes surging round the oval.

Martin, who took part in and won the event for the first time last year riding a Harley chopper, described it as one of the highlights of the year.

Guy Martin having fun with the chequered flags

Guy Martin having fun with the chequered flags

“For me, it’s what motorbiking’s all about – cool motorbikes, different, not conformist,” said the man who has 15 Isle of Man TT podium finishes to his credit.

“There’s people racing around of twenty quid motorbikes. I’m sure some people would pay for some of these bikes to be taken away, and they come out and race them.

“I turned up in my leathers and I thought ‘I haven’t got my back protector on’ – and then the man next to me, he’s in a short-sleeved t-shirt with his gardening trainers on.”

Martin ready to race with steely-eyed determination

Martin ready to race with steely-eyed determination

Gary Inman, editor of organisers Sideburn magazine, said it was that cavalier spirit that has seen Dirt Quake, sponsored this year by Bikesure, become such a success, not only in the the UK but in America too.

“It’s just great fun – bike racing for genuine enthusiasts who come here for the simple joy of riding,” he added.

“First-time spectators will see a type of racing they’ve almost certainly never seen before – last year we had racers dressed as Mario and Luigi, wearing furs, viking costumes and riding crazy bikes that were never intended to race round a dirt track.”

A Harley chopper on a dirt track? OK...

A Harley chopper on a dirt track? OK…

Gerry Bucke, general manager at Bikesure, added: “Having this event in King’s Lynn is a real treat for local motorbike fans and we can’t wait to see the array of machines racing this year, from the sublime to the ridiculous.

“We think of ourselves as an enthusiast’s broker, able to cover pretty much anything on two wheels, so this event is right up our street.”

The event takes place on Friday and Saturday, July 17 and 18, with a full DTRA racing programme on the Friday evening and the main Dirt Quake event the following afternoon

As well as the thrills and spills of the racing, there will be plenty of other attractions, including the world famous Ken Fox Wall of Death, a children’s BMX race, a custom bike display, live music from Dream Themes, plus a bar and DJ.

Tickets are priced from £15 adults, £5 under 16s with an adult, available from Sideburn mag.

Colombian bikers gearing up for UK tour

The Colombians are coming – and it’s largely thanks to Bikesure, and the dedication of two bikers who have formed an Anglo-South American alliance to tour Britain on custom Yamahas.

The tour, which gets under way on May 30 for two weeks, will see 15 Colombian members of the Yamaha Custom Club travel to England to team up with like-minded bikers from the UK and across Europe.

But, as organiser Trevor Bridgwood explains, the tour nearly didn’t happen until an 18-month search for insurance finally bore fruit when Bikesure’s Mat Marr pulled out all the stops to put a deal in place.

“Getting insurance was extremely difficult,” he said. “ It took me about 18 months, until I bumped into Mat on the Yorkshire Pudding Rally.

“Matt was very good – they spoke to several underwriters before one agreed. We were chuffed to bits, because I’d said right from the start that I wouldn’t start to organise anything until we’d sorted the insurance. “It was the biggest hurdle, a real headache. I had phoned round a lot of brokers but no-one had been able to do it.”

The cross-continental link was forged when Colombian rider Carlos Arroyave took part in the 2009 Yamaha Custom Club (YCC) tour of Belgium.

“Carlos had such a good time that when he went back to Colombia he invited all the European clubs over for a tour in his home country. We took 14 from the UK,” said Trevor.

Riders in Colombia on the tour of 2009

Riders on tour in Colombia

Carlos, a retired army Sergeant Major, said: “Because of Colombia’s bad international reputation I was concerned that many would be afraid to travel.

“In the end over 50 were very courageous and decided to take a flight and discovered the truth. The first Colombian Rally in 2010 was a great success.”

Further trips were arranged for 2012 and 2014, before it was the UK’s turn to host the annual European rally for the YCC.

“This year it’s our turn, so we’ve invited the Colombians over for two weeks, found bikes for them to ride, sorted hotels and organised a route around the UK,” said Trevor, who took up riding after using his army resettlement grant to take a direct access motorcycle course.

The route the bikers will take

The route the bikers will take

“Some great friendships were born on our trips to Colombia and, having enjoyed their hospitality on our visits, we felt it only right that we should try and offer a similar opportunity to our guests.

“It all seemed to be coming up against a brick wall until I met Mat.”

Bikesure team manager Mat said putting the cover in place with underwriters Markerstudy had been a long process.

“It’s been a lot of work, but we always look to try and do something a bit different for people if we can and, after Trevor explained the situation and his difficulties at the show, I made it a bit of a personal mission to get it sorted for him,” he said.

“We sell ourselves as a specialist company and I’m quite passionate about proving we can help people out with unusual requests.

“I really wanted to help him out because without the insurance there’d have been no tour and very few insurers will quote on an international licence for short period cover.

“We spend a lot of time making sure we’ve got good relationships with underwriters, and that certainly helps in situations like this. Trevor was really chuffed, and I’m really pleased we could help him.”

Final preparations are underway for the tour, as more than 50 riders joined by a common passion prepare to show off their homeland to bikers from across the globe.

Bikers snaking through the mountains in Colombia

Bikers snaking through the mountains in Colombia

Carlos, who has already taken part in tours in Belgium, Sweden, Denmark and Finland, is looking forward to his first taste of England.

“I appreciate the friendship and camaraderie that exists between different cultures, with one passion in common. My motto is ‘My home is your home’,” he said.

Trevor paid tribute to the British riders who have found 15 bikes for the visitors’ to ride: “This all shows another of the reasons that bikers are passionate about their hobby – you can always rely on the support of a fellow biker.

“Bikes encourage people to share their experiences and socialise with people. Biking has taken me and my family all around the country and the world. It has enabled us to meet loads of people with a shared interest and a common bond. Above all though, it’s bloody good fun!” | Specialist Motorcycle Insurance

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