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Dirt Quake IV: weird, wonderful and a shorn Guy Martin

We promised a bizarre mix of fun, adrenalin and chaos at the Bikesure-sponsored Dirt Quake IV – and boy, did it deliver!

A Belgian in a feather boa racing a Yamaha R1 around the Adrian Flux Arena, a pizza-delivering turtle riding a Lambretta, an incredible motor-cycling limbo act, plus ace racer Guy Martin and bike-mad TV presenter Charley Boorman adding some celebrity stardust.

And all accompanied by the sounds of classic 1970s TV theme tunes…

A freshly-shorn Martin, free of his familiar shaggy mop of hair, won both the Harley Davidson and Chopper classes on his Krazy Horse custom, while Boorman, famous mostly for his travel documentaries, earned a podium finish in the Street Tracker class riding his Kawasaki W650.

The Inappropriate Road Bike class provided the laughs, with a host of unusual bikes, and equally unusual costumes, lighting up the speedway track in “run what you brung” racing at its best.

Dirt racer Alan Birtwistle provided one of the spectacular highlights with a gravity-defying slide round a corner and beneath a 1m-high limbo bar, sending sparks off the track and the crowd into raptures.

Here, we’ve collected some of the best images of the day, courtesy of Paul Bryant from Sideburn magazine, and one or two from the Arena staff. Enjoy, and see you next summer!

Did you know?


Ever wondered how many motorcycles fit in a car parking space or what was the first bike to top 200mph? The petrol-heads at Bikesure, the freethinking motorbike specialists, have put together 10 facts and stats you may not know about all things two-wheeled.


  1. The first bike to ever top 200mph was supercharged 499cc NSU in Utah, August 1956, achieving 211mph ridden by Wilhelm Herz.
  2. There are approximately 1.1-1.2 million active riders in the UK, meaning out of 5 million full motorcycle license holders 4/5ths are inactive. More than 1 in 10 active bikers buy a new bike each year. (Source:
  3. There is much speculation over how many motorcycles fit in a UK car parking space, with reckoning on an average of eight.
  4. Motorcycles make up 3.5% of the licensed vehicles on the road, with cars making up 83.2%, according to the latest DVLA stats.
  5. In 10,000 miles, the average four-cylinder bike engine will have done 100,000,000 revs according to various sources
  6. The registration of new scooters rose by 7.3% in the period between 2009 and 2012 while the registration of sports bikes was down by 6.9% according to the Department for Transport.
  7. The front tyre provides 75 per cent of a bike’s grip when cornering according to various sources on the net,
  8. The fastest speed road skiing behind a motorcycle record is held by Gary Rothwell. In 1992 road Gary performed the stunt “The Fastest Man on Skis”, which involved him slipping off the back of the bike and being pulled along on titanium skis fitted to his boots, at a recorded speed of 150.02mph.
  9. According to and stats from the DVLA, there are as many two-wheeled Hondas on the road as there are Kawasakis and Suzukis combined.
  10. Billy Baxter, holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest blind man on a motorbike, notching up a speed of over 165mph in 2003. He rode solo on an unmodified, high-performance Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R. Billy beat the former world record by 24mph and still holds the record today.


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.


We Can Help

We Can Help

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. | Specialist Motorcycle Insurance

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