Motorcycle Insurance

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.

Problems Getting Insurance In Northern Ireland


One of the worst kept secrets in motorbike insurance is that residents of Northern Ireland pay significantly more than the rest of the UK to insure their vehicles. Not only that, simply getting cover can be complicated, because many well-known insurers and brokers still won’t provide insurance for people living there.shutterstock_223171513


Bikesure, the freethinking insurance broker, isn’t one of them. Working with several insurance companies who provide cover in Northern Ireland, it has developed policies that are not only affordable, but also specific to the individual’s needs, regardless of how unconventional these may be.


If you’re a biking enthusiast with either a classic or modified ride, finding affordable cover can be an arduous task, let alone in Northern Ireland. Bikesure provides insurance for various specialist vehicles, offering anything from classic bike cover to customised bike schemes, whatever the modification. In both cases, an agreed value option is available.


Anyone with a motoring or criminal conviction will know that getting affordable insurance is often difficult. Throughout the UK, including Northern Ireland, Bikesure offers policies specifically for convicted riders, so whatever your predicament, you can be protected.


Northern Ireland is relatively small, and some riders will want to venture further afield. Bikesure not only offers customers optional cover for riding in the Republic of Ireland, crossing the border hassle-free, but many of its policies also include European travel protection for up to 180 days.


To save time and money, Bikesure offers convenient Multibike policies with discounts. This way if you own more than one motorcycle, you can insure them all under one policy. Similarly, if you wish to be insured to ride other bikes, such as those belonging to friends or relatives, comprehensive cover to do this is also available through Bikesure.shutterstock_219111313


Residents of Northern Ireland looking to insure through Bikesure can benefit through various other discounts. Riders with zero no claims bonus are always welcome; also discounts for garaged vehicles, limited mileage and extra security measures are available. Membership of an owners club can often get you a discount up to 25%. These are easy to join; sometimes you just need to sign up online. For example, if you own a Triumph, the Triumph Owners M.C.C offers membership to all UK residents. | Specialist Motorcycle Insurance

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