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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.


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. | Specialist Motorcycle Insurance

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