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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!”

Bikesure Wins Insurance Provider of the Year Award

It’s always nice to get the year off to a winning start, and 2015 has kicked off with Bikesure being awarded the Insurance Provider of the Year Award by Motorcycle Trader magazine.

Seeing off stiff competition from all the big names in the motorcycle insurance industry, Bikesure’s award win was revealed in the January/February issue of the trade magazine.

Explaining how Bikesure was selected for the prize, Jenni Foulkes, Editor of Motorcycle Trader, said: “We shortlisted a number of motorcycle-specific insurance providers ourselves early on in the process and then conducted a telephone poll amongst members of the motorcycle trade to choose a winner.

“Thanks to its dedicated trade service and dealer referral scheme, Bikesure was frequently named as a preferred provider by the dealers we spoke to, making it a clear and deserving champion with a big portion of the final votes.”


The coveted plaque

Since opening its doors over 20 years ago, Bikesure has developed a network of dealers across the UK, helping to provide customers with competitive insurance locally. The large and varied insurance panel that Bikesure works with means that the dealer network now extends to practically all makes and models of bike across the country, and Gerry Bucke, Bikesure’s General Manager, believes this relationship was key to winning the award.

“All of us at Bikesure are delighted to have won this award, and it is testament not only to the quality of the insurance that we have been offering, but also the hard work and dedication of our staff, insurers and the entire dealer network.

“We’ve been offering bikers around the UK insurance for just over two decades now, and the dealer network we’ve built up over that time has been a key part of our success. The great relationship we have with our nationwide dealers and the support we’ve given their customers over the years has undoubtedly worked in our favour when they chose a winner.”

With the award plaque now taking pride of place in the Bikesure offices, everyone at the broker is looking forward to a successful year and hopefully many more awards to come.

Bikesure's Tom Clay and Grant Varnham with the award

Bikesure’s Tom Clay and Grant Varnham with the award


Laid Up Bike Insurance


If your prize collection of classics is in a garage waiting for their next adventure or laid up over winter, it is important to make sure they are insured. Laid up bike insurance policies cover bikes and scooters whilst they are off the road, protecting against fire and theft without having to pay an inflated price to cover against, for example, third party liability, when it isn’t necessary as the bike isn’t being used. There is a misconception that motorcycles are covered for fire and theft on your household insurance when in fact a lot of the time they are not.


Bikesure, the free-thinking motorcycle insurance broker, offers specialist laid up motorcycle insurance taking into account personal requirements. For example, perhaps you have a bike that is only used for shows or that are only ridden during the summer months. This means that for most of the year your pride and joy is probably going to be kept in a garage or shed, so having a tailor made laid up policy means you can rest assured that whilst it’s in storage it will be insured.


For example, fire and theft cover for a 46 year old biker living in Cambridgeshire (PE14 postcode) storing a 1966 Triumph T100SS valued at £4,000 in their garage at home would cost £72.40 with Bikesure, with only £100 excess.


Unlike many other laid up policies, you don’t have to hold a bike licence to take out a Bikesure policy. This is especially important if you have brought a bike in advance of your test or if you have inherited a bike.


For example, a lady in Huddersfield wanted laid up cover so she could keep her husband’s prized bike when he passed away. The woman was having difficulty as she didn’t have a bike licence herself. Bikesure arranged insurance using her full car licence, enabling her to keep her husband’s bike insured against fire and theft.

It also doesn’t matter what type of bike it is. As long as it is stored in a safe and secure place, and not used on the road, Bikesure can cover your bike against fire and theft damage. This is reassuring, especially as theft is one of the most common motorcycle insurance claims with around 50,000 bikes stolen in the UK every year.

Bikesure also provides additional cover against accidental damage for classic motorcycles whilst off the road, as well as insurance on the road too for all types of motorcycles.

To make sure your bike remains in tip-top condition while it is laid-up, it is important to prepare it for storage. Websites, such as, provide handy hints for storing your ride. | Specialist Motorcycle Insurance

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