electric motorcycles

The Ultimate Electric Motorcycle guide 2019

Back in 2016, Germany voted to ban the internal combustion engine by 2030. As the UK becomes more environmentally conscious, the government is feeling the pressure to cut back on its emissions. One way the UK is doing this is to encourage the use of electric motorcycles so we can expect to see a massive push in the sale of electric bikes, but what exactly do you need to know about electric motorcycles? SorryMate decided to have a look at the new and upcoming electric motorcycles for 2019. Read on to find out more.

 

The Harley-Davidson Livewire

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After several years of discussion and concepts as well as a high degree of temptation, Harley-Davidson has recently launched their Livewire electric motorcycle. The fully adjustable front and rear suspension equate to high-performance.

SHOWA is perfect for dialling in your precise comfort and handling for your style of riding. Making it work for just about any rider, I particularly like this feature as feeling comfortable on any bike is an important aspect when looking to purchase the perfect one for you. It has a lightweight frame which is made from cast aluminium, making it extremely rigid and contributes to the precise, responsive handling that will genuinely make this motorcycle a thrill to ride.

Another intelligent feature of the Livewire is the touchscreen display with Bluetooth connectivity; having an option to fast charge the battery via the tank is beneficial.

The cost of the Livewire starts at £28,995, thus putting it in direct competition with the Energica Eva. Delivery of the Livewire is expected to be in the autumn of 2019.

 

Zero SR/F

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When this bike was initially launched in Amsterdam in February 2019, Zero claimed that their SR/F streetfighter is an “industry-leading power, control and connection”.

The company ‘Zero’ have been fighting a considerable headwind with electric motorcycles. With the uptake much slower than they had initially expected, they still sell more electric bikes per year than all of their competitors combined. Their high sales figures put them right up there at the top of the market, and they are truly leading the way.

Effortless power, control and connection are just some of the great things that the SRF delivers. It’s 190 Nm of torque, and 110 horsepower are all on tap with the simple twist of a throttle. This is thanks to the class-leading performance and efficiency of Zero’s new ZF75-10 motor and ZF14.4 lithium-ion battery.

The Zero SR/F, equipped with Zero’s Cypher III operating system and Bosch’s Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC), is equal parts brawn and brains. The effortless power is paired with intuitive control, thus creating the new standard for premium performance. An adaptable motorcycle and powertrain combination that navigates diverse road terrain and conditions.

The Zero Motorcycles SRF is the world’s first fully “smart” motorcycle. Cypher III, which is a combination of a customizable dash which connects to Zero’s next-generation app, is a whole new level. It allows the rider and bike to communicate critical information anywhere at any time. The new SR/F will inevitably bring the company a boost. Despite this, the entry-level model with the £1500 grant still comes in at a rather hefty £16,490.

 

Zero DSR

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Zero have announced that they will produce an upgrade to the DSR model for 2019. For 2019, the DSR will get a host of upgrades, one of which will be a new ZF14.4 battery.

Zero have been working on an adventure bike for the electric class in the form of the DSR Black Forest. This bike comes with luggage and a 163-mile range (at city speeds) as standard, however, there are optional upgrades such as a range-extending battery (costing £3000) that can improve this. Alternatively, for those who want more range, an upgradeable Charge Tank (at the cost of £2300) will increase the charge-rate to whopping 93 miles per hour of charge.

Currently, adventure touring on the Zero DSR would be an expensive and somewhat impractical affair at the moment. However, things are certainly moving in the right direction. It will not be long until electric bike touring will become more practical and more affordable.

This motorcycle strives to be robust and versatile. It is athletic, resourceful and ready for anything. It is specially designed to tackle anything that gets in your way from pothole-ridden roads to rock and stone strewn back lanes. It has a long-travel suspension and rugged dirt ready tyres to give it its ‘go-anywhere’ capability.

 

 

Čezeta electric scooter

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Reflecting upon the vintage design but with modern electric underpinnings, the Čezeta 506/02 offers a 75-mile range and 75mph top speed. It is an electric scooter that’s built around the lines, the looks and the legacy of the original Čezeta, made from 1957 in former Czechoslovakia.

May have nicknamed the bike ‘The Communist’s Vespa’ and, more bluntly, ‘The Pig’. Despite this, nothing has held back the company from selling more than 120,000 in the seven years that it was produced.

However, today’s Čezeta opts for a cleaner, quieter, more sophisticated life. The bike comes with a 15bhp electric motor incorporated into the rear wheel. In addition to this, it holds a 6kWh of Panasonic lithium-ion batteries which is located in the composite bodywork.

To top it off, there are three power modes, as well as a reverse gear to help make manoeuvring less of a challenge as it weighs 187kg. Čezeta claim that is has a top speed of 75mph. Furthermore, they claim a 0-30mph time of just 2.7 seconds with a range of 75 miles. This makes it an ideal city, commuter.

 

 

 

Vespa Elettrica

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When you think of a Vespa you will most likely think of the classic two-strokes. It wasn’t long ago in 2016 at the Milan Show that Vespa announced that they were releasing their own electric scooter, catapulting the historical Italian brand firmly into the 21st century. The Elettrica guarantees a range of 62 miles, which is plenty for use in and around the city. Orders have already started being taken on the Vespa website.

 

 

 

Energica Ego

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The World’s first street-legal electric motorcycle

The Energica EGO has been designed and built by the same people who designed and engineered racing performance from Formula One Racing to Le Mans 24h for over 40 years.

For 2017 they created an entirely new category for the MCN Awards: Electric bike of the year. The award was given to the Energica Ego after impressing both on the road and on the track, as well as around the TT course.

The Ego motorcycle is a popular bike for racers in the MotoE series. MotoE is still making its debut in 2019 following a huge fire that unfortunately wiped out all of the teams’ bikes. Needless to say that they haven’t let that incident stop their plans of progressing forward. The electric class will see riders such as Britain’s Bradley Smith battle with well-known names like Randy Depuniet, Maria Herrera and Sete Gibernau.

Weighing at 258kg, the Ego is still as heavy as a touring bike; it does carry its weight well and even gives the same feeling as riding a petrol-fueled motorcycle.

 

Super Soco TC-Max

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This motorcycle is worlds away from the likes of the Energica Ego and Harley-Davidson Livewire. It is one of two new Super Soco machines that were revealed to the UK at Motorcycle Live 2018, a hugely popular motorcycle show hosted at the Birmingham NEC.

With top speeds of over 60mph and around 133ft-lbs of torque, the bike aims to rival the performance of a petrol four-stroke 125. However, it does aim to remain more economical.

The planned price tag of the Super Soco TC-Max will be £3999. The lithium-ion battery (72v and 45Ah) is removable and charges in just four and a half hours and offers a max range of around 80 miles.

Furthermore, it comes with Brembo hydraulic brakes and a combined braking system to help it pass Euro4 legislation. The battery was developed in conjunction with Amperex Technology Limited (the company that supplies Apple with batteries) and cleverly uses pouch cells to pack more energy into a smaller space.

The Super-Soco TC-Max will be available for special order from April 2019.

 

Super Soco CUx with Ducati

Super Soco will be selling a Ducati branded version of their existing CUx scooter. Ducati has been using CUxs as paddock scooters at the MotoGP; this means that now you’ll be able to say you ride the same bike as Dovi and Petrucci, except it will have cost just £2299. A fraction of the cost of their superbikes.

The co-brand comes at an exciting time for Ducati, with parent company Audi saying that all of their brands will have to have an electric offering. With Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali already admitting that the firm is looking at making an electric motorcycle. This is their first toe in the water, giving us a taste of what’s to come in the future.

When questioned, Ducati’s Head of Innovation, Pierluigi Zampieri, stated that Ducatis’ company is state of the art. They want to arrive with a product that is better than all of their competitors. One issue they face in regards to electric motorcycles is simply the size of the market. Electric bikes are still new, and the demand isn’t great. Ducati is still trying to understand what the market will be ready for such innovation.

The standard version had already been incredibly popular since its launch only two months ago. SorryMate is confident that the limited edition version will be a huge hit.

 

The Sur-ron LBX

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The Electric crossover alternative

The new electric Sur-ron LBX is a juxtaposition of bicycle and motorcycle. The bike is available in two different versions and is an entirely new concept in itself.

There are no pedals, and all the power control comes from a proper twist grip, while the rest of it resembles a bicycle. For example, it’s push-bike like suspension (which is adjustable), brakes, wheels and tyres are all built specifically for a bicycle of this size.

Despite its light weight of 50kg, it doesn’t feel flimsy like an sp-specced push bike. For those riders that prefer a bike for pure offroading, there is the X model however it can only be legally ridden on privately owned land. There is also a road-going model ‘L1E.’

To make it road legal, the L1E has mirrors, indicators, proper headlights and a number plate.

As standard, the L1E is restricted to 28mph. This means that legally-speaking – it’s classified as a moped. However, it is possible to derestrict the machine when you have got the appropriate licence (a full category A motorcycle licence).

The Niu NGTniu-ngt

The Niu NGT is the evolution of the Niu N Series electric moped scooter. With double the power at 3kw nominal as well as two 35ah 60v 2100whIt Panasonic batteries as standard. This gives the scooter a range between 50 and 100 miles. Furthermore, it can be fast-charged in about 3.5 hours either on or off the bike with a single charging unit.

The NGT features three unique driving modes: sport, dynamic, and e-save. The Sport mode provides about 43mph from its Bosch motor. However, it is possible to use this bike with a single battery if required and still achieve a respective 28mph. Using this as an example, it would enable you to utilise the space under the seat for various personal belongings/shopping etc.

Another way of utilising the space would be to charge a spare battery while the other one is being used to power the moped. It enables you to ride further without needing to charge batteries from a plug outlet manually.

The NGT comes with several benefits. For example, regenerative braking, halogen lights, as well as automatic indicator cancellation. In addition to this, it comes with a fantastic mobile app. This app enables you to locate your Niu in real-time via built-in GPS. With motorcycle theft on the rise, it is certainly a feature worth having.

 

Sur-ron X Wave (de-restricted)

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This bike is the perfect blend of e-bike and e-motorcycle. The Sur-ron X is made for offroad as well as on-road use. It is the next big leap forward in the mid-range electric two-wheel motion.

This bike is currently available to demo ride on their off-road e track at EEMC HQ. Furthermore, they offer nationwide doorstep demo’s, UK delivery along with finance packages and mobile servicing.

The X-wave controller has its very own state of the art sine wave controller (reflected in its name). This makes the bike quieter and more powerful as well as giving it a much smoother throttle response.

Conclusion

Joining the electric revolution has never been easier. The availability and variety of electric bikes are only increasing as while the price continues to drop as competition increases. Technology is certainly moving in the right direction, and it is clear that electric bikes are the future.

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Team SorryMate – Snetterton Race Report 2019

Team SorryMate has now reached the halfway point of the season, Snetterton in Norwich. The weekend commenced with glorious sunshine, and the rain was minimal. The sun was a welcome change following the recent weather forecast in Knockhill, which inevitably lead to the Sprint race being postponed due to heavy downfalls.

Unfortunately, Matt is still recovering following his crash at Brands Hatch which led him to break his ankle in two places. Although Matt has been utilising hyperbaric treatment to speed up the healing process, he was not ready to hit the track at Snetterton. Nonetheless, Matt is looking forward to having his non-weight bearing cast removed and upgraded to a supportive ankle boot in the upcoming weeks.

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Despite this, the Snetterton weekend commenced with high aspirations with Practice one and two leading Kurt into a top ten position. This placement included a P5 for FP1. However, despite his strong and consistent lap times, Kurt faced issues in terms of the handling of the motorcycle, particularly around the twelve demanding turns of the Snetterton Circuit.

Kurt felt that improvements could be made to his bike as well as the bike’s suspension to resolve his issues. As a result, the team worked hard through Friday afternoon to the late evening, making adjustments.

With Saturday morning came overcast. However, the track remained dry. Kurt had an excellent opportunity to put the newly make bike adjustments into practice. He continued to improve throughout the season and eventually achieved a P6 in Qualifying. However, Kurt felt that improvements could still be made to his bike.

Kurt Team SorryMate

Despite a heavy spell of rain on Saturday afternoon, the track was dry ready for the Sprint race. Kurt had a good start and kept in with the pack fighting for the top 10 positions. However, halfway through the race, a couple of GP2 riders interrupted his flow, setting Kurt and his fellow competitors back slightly. There was a close battle that enabled the fight to achieve 10th to continue. By the end of the race, with a gap of 0.164, Kurt crossed the finish line in P11.

Kurt began the Feature Race on Sunday from the fourth row of the Grid. A bad start set him back slightly, surrounded amongst three GP2 riders. Kurt fought hard to keep with the group, not losing sight of his fellow Supersport competitors just ahead. However, after significant changes to the bike’s geometry over the weekend, we fell short of grasping that ideal setup, closing the race with a P13 finish. The weekend at Snetterton was a significant struggle in terms of achieving the best setup. However, The Wigley brothers continue to prepare for the next round with high spirits.

Scott Beaumont’s UCI BMX World Championships

Scott Beaumont’s goal for 2019 was to win the BMX and 4X World Championships in the same year. This is something which has never been done before. However, the events which unfolded from this goal was not what Scott had in mind.

Early morning practice

Scott was leading at the 2019 UCI BMX World Championships. In addition to this, last Friday at the UCI BMX World Championships, Scott went unbeaten in his qualifying races. Scott ended up setting the fastest lap of the day.

During the race, Scott was on fire. He was attacking the first straight already in the lead that was until another rider lost control on the takeoff of the double jump. The rider went on to hit Scott side on. Scott was thrown like a rag doll. Medics were quick on the scene in treating Scott on the trackside. Following this, he was then rushed to the medical centre on-site.

 Scott Beaumont

The injury Scott sustained was an open fracture, dislocation of his right thumb. The doctors on site tried to put the dislocation back into place but with no luck. They then administered local anaesthetic and tried again. In agony, Scott was desperate for the dislocation to go back in. It wouldn’t. So it was straight into an ambulance and with lights on straight to the hospital.

Following this, the doctors administered further local anaesthetic to try and get the bones back in place. At this stage, his thumb was starting to turn black from all the bleeding and swelling. They were unable to get it back in, and he was rushed into the operating theatre.

 Scott Beaumont

There was a 50/50 chance of Scott losing his thumb at this stage. 2 hours later and the operation was a success. The thumb joint back in place, colour restored to his thumb, and the genuine threat of having his thumb removed was now reduced. Scott’s, however, had to stay in the hospital for 48 hours while anti bionics were administered through a drip to try as a precautionary measure.

 Scott Beaumont

On Sunday afternoon, Scott was discharged, and the team drove straight back home. On Monday morning, Scott met up with his doctor to discuss the next 12 weeks and how best he can recover from his injury.

By Tuesday afternoon, he had a doctor saying that by racing this weekend in Italy, the risk of infection in the joint wouldn’t mainly increase and that in 9 weeks he could start training again.

However, this won’t hold Scott back, and he has already commenced training.

 Scott Beaumont

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Thruxton BSB Timetable 2019

Bennetts BSB is heading to Thruxton, with a superb support line-up including action from the Dickies British Supersport and Pirelli National Superstock 600 and 1000 Championships.

Check the timetable below for more information on what’s to come over the weekend.

Thruxton BSB– 02.03.04 AUGUST 2019
BSB EVENT TIMETABLE

 

Friday

09.00 – 09.20Pirelli National Superstock 600 in association with Black HorseFree Practice 1
09.30 – 09.55Dickies British SupersportFree Practice 1
10.05 – 10.50 BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLIFree Practice 1
11.00 – 11.25HEL Performance British MotostarFree Practice 1
11.35 – 12.00Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black HorseFree Practice 1
12.10 – 12.30 //Molson Group British SidecarsFree Practice
13.00 – 13.20Pirelli National Superstock 600 in association with Black HorseFree Practice 2
13.30 – 13.55Dickies British SupersportFree Practice 2
14.05 – 14.25Dickies Junior SupersportFree Practice
14.35 – 15.20BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLIFree Practice 2
15.30 – 15.55HEL Performance British MotostarFree Practice 2
16.05 – 16.30Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black HorseFree Practice 2
16.40 – 17.00Molson Group British SidecarsQualifying
Saturday09.00 – 09.25Dickies Junior SupersportQualifying
09.35 – 10.05HEL Performance British MotostarQualifying
10.15 – 11.00BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLIFree Practice 3
11.10 – 11.40Dickies British SupersportQualifying
11.50 – 12.20Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black HorseQualifying
12.30 – 13.00Pirelli National Superstock 600 in association with Black HorseQualifying
13.15Molson Group British SidecarsRace 1 – 8 laps
13.40 – 14.20Safety Car & Pillion laps
14.40Dickies Junior Supersport Race 1 – 10 laps
15.20HEL Performance British Motostar ChampionshipRace 1 – 12 laps
16.00 – 16.18

16.25 – 16.37

16.44 – 16.52

BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES
IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLI
DATATAG EXTREME QUALIFYING
Q1
Q2
Q3
17.10Dickies British Supersport Championship – Sprint Race 1 – 12 laps
17.50Molson Group British SidecarsRace 2 – 8 laps
18.15 – 18.25Pirelli National Superstock 600 in association with Black HorseFree Practice
Sunday08.55 – 09.03Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black HorseWarm-Up
09.08 – 09.16HEL Performance British MotostarWarm-up
09.30 – 10.15Pit Walk
10.50 – 11.05BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLIWarm-up
11.10 – 11.18Dickies British SupersportWarm-up
11.30Pirelli National Superstock 600 in association with Black HorseRace – 14 laps
11.55 – 12.20VIP Pillion Laps
12.35Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black HorseRace – 16 laps
13.15Pit lane opens for Bennetts BSB race one: VIP grid walk
13.30BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLIRace 1 – 20 laps
14.15 Molson Group British SidecarsRace 3 – 8 laps
14.55 HEL Performance British Motostar Championship Race 2 – 14 laps
15.40Dickies British Supersport Championship – Feature Race 2 – 18 laps
16.15Pit lane opens for Bennetts BSB race two: VIP grid walk
16.30BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLIRace 2 – 20 laps
17.15 Dickies Junior Supersport Race 2 – 10 laps

Admission Prices

AdultTeenFamily Ticket
Weekend Admission (Friday-Sunday)£42 (online)£95
Friday Admission (Practice)£5
Saturday Admission (Qualifying/Support Races)£13£5
Sunday Admission (Main Raceday)£29£10£74

TICKET CHOICES

All tickets for this Race Meeting are listed below.

13-15 YEAR OLDS

Children between 13-15 years old will need to hold a teen ticket for this race meeting.

CHILDREN 12 & UNDERGO FREE

Children 12 and under accompanied by an adult (max 5 children per responsible adult) are admitted to the circuit and paddock (providing the responsible adult is still accompanying them) free of charge.

GRANDSTAND SEATS

Children 5 and under will be permitted to sit on a parent/guardian lap and therefore admitted free of charge. Where pre-allocated seats are issued then all seats taken must be paid for, irrespective of age.

PADDOCK ACCESS

Friday 2 & Saturday 3 August – Paddock access is free. Admission tickets include access to the paddock.
Sunday 4 Aug – An adult paddock ticket is required. Teen tickets include paddock access.

Call our office on 01264 882200 (option 1) for all event information.

Motorcycle theft

Fears over motorcycle thieves terrorising bikers across Newcastle

Northumbria Police has launched a specialist squad of officers to tackle motorcycle theft in the area.

It is reported that over 100 motorcycles have been stolen in two months alone. Many of the bikes go on to be used in petty crimes such as theft. The rise in bike theft has followed a rise in a similar crime in London. Many of the individuals involved are thought to be as young as 13 and 14-years-old.

 

Det Chief Insp Paul Knox, said: “This is a big problem for us now. It’s getting out of control and it’s a real concern. 

“It’s only a matter of time before somebody gets hurt, either a member of the public, another road users or one of the kids themselves. We are not in London, but London started somewhere.”

9 year old Huckson

Could you beat this 9-year-old at Motorcross?

Brian has built a purpose-built track on his property to allow Huckson and his brother to train hard. Brian trains the boys on their lines, control and power usage. In the video, Huckson overcomes some mental barriers as well as physical. Due to his size, his motocross boots are too long in the leg; this means that he is unable to operate the brakes efficiently. But the family quickly overcome this issue.

His father watches Huckson around the track, as Huckson seems to slide around with little control. Brian advises Huckson to push his weight into the boots and allow his lower half to anchor the bike into the corners and over the bumps.

Off Huckson goes for another three laps trying his new technique, and he’s like a different rider! Chasing his brother round the track bettering himself with every lap.

Now, you can see that Huckson is a skilled motocross rider while riding the track, but where he comes into his own is on the jumps and stunts.

Huckson has mastered the tricks, working towards more significant heights and even more gnarly stunts! If a nine-year-old can do it, what’s stopping you?

To check out Huckson’s Facebook page, click here. For more motorcycle news, click here.
Polite-Vest

Bikers wrongfully charged over polite vest

Motorcyclist Darren Emanuel, 47, an independent financial consultant, has been a biker for many years and was riding his white, ex-police BMW R1200RT when he was stopped by a police officer who had seen him from the opposing carriageway.

The officer concluded that Emanuel was trying to impersonate an officer

After the officer checked the bike over, he then turned to the clothing choice of Emanuel. At the time, Darren was wearing his “Polite Think Bike” vest and a white helmet. Combined with the look of his motorcycle, the officer concluded that Emanuel was attempting to impersonate an officer. The officer made notes and sent Darren on his way.

Only after Emanuel later made a complaint to the police about his treatment was he called into a police station about the incident. He was then charged with wearing a police uniform, which was calculated to deceive, and the case went to court.

Darren was ordered to pay costs

The court saw that Darren was not attempting to deceive the public, but was ordered to pay £670 in costs.

The story was then blown out of proportion by the media, and even people from other countries heard of Darren’s story.

“I had friends in other countries who read about it,” Emanuel said. “After the news of the conviction appeared online, my job contract wasn’t renewed, and my landlord served a notice on my house.”

‘Polite’ vests have since come under intense scrutiny. However, a Met Police spokesperson exclaimed back in 2013 that “It does not look like a police uniform. It is merely a high visibility jacket, so it would not be illegal.”

Despite appealing against the conviction, the damage had been done

Emanuel successfully appealed the conviction two weeks later, but the damage was already done. Following his appeal, Emanuel took out a libel case against the newspapers and websites he says it defamed him, which was later settled out of court, however, many of those publications have refused to print corrections, and Emanuel says he remains out of pocket.

He expressed: “While these items of clothing are perfectly legal, wearing one caused me a great deal of trouble, anxiety, expense, loss of my home and loss of work’.

If you need legal assistance with a motorcycle offence, contact SorryMate today and discover how we can help

Speed-Camera-by-County

Do you know your county’s speed camera thresholds?

Auto Express has recently released the findings of a recent study that they conducted into the speeds you must travel at in order to trigger a speed camera. The results are interesting and vary from county to county.

Auto Express sent a freedom of information requests to the UK’s 45 police forces to ask just how fast you must be travelling to be hit with a ticket from the cameras.

They claim that the majority of forces that responded advised that a camera would only activate when vehicles exceeded the speed limit by 10% + 2mph – 35mph on a 30mph road and 79mph on a motorway – which is in line with the Association of Chief of Police guidelines.

While this information may seem like a green light to get where you’re going more quickly, the report also reveals that not all forces use the scale and some forces declined to reveal the threshold at all.

So what are the thresholds?

Below is a list of some of the information that was gathered during the study!

 

Force                 Number of Cameras         Threshold

Avon and Somerset4110% + 2mph
Bedfordshire38Would not reveal the threshold
Cambridgeshire32Would not reveal the threshold
Cheshire1510% + 2mph
Cleveland410% + 2mph
Derbyshire1810% + 2mph
Devon and Cornwall9810% + 2mph
Durham0 fixed10% + 2mph
Essex63Don’t use a standard threshold
Greater Manchester235Would not reveal the threshold
Gwent2110% + 2mph
Hampshire3610% + 2mph
Hertfordshire53Would not reveal the threshold
Kent10910% + 2mph
Lancashire3410% + 3mph
Leicestershire3010% + 2mph
Merseyside1810% + 2mph
Metropolitan Police/TfL80510% + 3mph
Norfolk2610% + 2mph
North Wales2810% + 2mph
Northumbria5510% + 2mph
Nottinghamshire48Refused to confirm if the threshold exists
Police Service of Northern Ireland1210% + 2mph
Scotland173Refused to confirm if the threshold exists
South Wales13710% + 2mph
South Yorkshire2510% + 2mph
Staffordshire286Would not reveal the threshold
Suffolk410% + 2mph
Thames Valley29410% + 2mph
Warwickshire2810% + 2mph
West Mercia2310% + 2mph
West Midlands33Would not reveal the threshold
West Yorkshire40210% + 2mph

Can you trust your bike’s speedometer?

For the most part, yes. The modern bikes should always over-read the speed that you are travelling. For example, when travelling at an indicated 70mph on your bike, a GPS device would usually clock you at around 67mph.

Manufacturers are bound by legislation that means a vehicle’s speedo cannot underestimate the vehicles speed, most over-read by a few percents. Old vehicles may have much less accurate speedometers. It could be due to wear and tear, less accurate manufacturing methods or poor maintenance, all of which could add up to a speedo that wanders between speeds giving a very inaccurate reading.

If you need legal assistance in relation to a motorcycling offence, don’t forget to contact SorryMate by clicking here.

Nick Sanders

Motorcycling Adventurer Nick Sanders Awarded An MBE

Nick Sanders has been officially recognised for his services to endurance cycling and motorcycling by being added to the Queen’s birthday honours list with an MBE.

It’s safe to say that Nick Sanders’s antics have been an inspiration to the next generation of motorcyclists, giving them a new look at biking. He has covered over 1,000,000KMS in total, which is the same as circumnavigating the world at least 9 times! What an achievement!

“I never thought that this kind of thing happened to people like me,” says Nick. “I always thought that others deserve it more, like my own heroes. People like Joey Dunlop, Foggy and McGuinness. I’m really emotional about it.”

“At the very beginning, when I was very young, I wanted to be the best in the world at something. I just didn’t know what and spent the next 40 years trying to get there. It’s up to other people to decide if I’ve made it or not, it’s not something that I’ll ever really know.”

Nick went on to thank those who supported his journey

“This recognition says a big thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout the years, all the fans I’ve got and of course my sponsors. One special thank you, I’d like to make is to Jeff Turner at Yamaha for the unbelievable emotional support he has always shown me.

“Support from Continental, Touratech and Squire also make it possible for me to do what I do and that in turn makes it possible for me to inspire other people to do it, too.

“Everyone knows that only the people at the top of bike sport get the money and the fame, but that’s not why they do it – they do it because they love it. That passion is the same as people who adventure. I’ve spent 20 years trying to lead the way with new ideas. Someone once said to me, whatever you do, don’t bore your audience – well, I’ll keep trying not to!”

When speaking to Nick, it is clear that he is overwhelmed by the support he has received and is keen to continue doing what he loves and inspiring future generations. I wish I had the time to follow in the footsteps of Nick, what a great way to spend your days!

Don’t forget to check out our social links

You can check out Nicks biking adventures by following his Facebook page here.

Did you know if you have an accident abroad, SorryMate may be able to help you make a claim? Click here to check out how to contact us.

If you have any spectacular stories that you would like to share about your own riding then please do get in contact with us!

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Biker fined £2,000 trying to avoid Avoid Speeding Ticket

A biker has been fined more than £2,000 after he tried to avoid detection whilst speeding at over 90mph.

Robert Went, 43, knew he had been caught speeding but thought he would evade justice by covering his registration plate with his hand.

Robert was caught 86mph by a police van

He was caught riding at 86mph by a police van on June 3 last year in Horton, North Yorkshire.

However, Robert, from Bolton, stopped before passing the van to speak to a fellow rider. He then continued riding past the police van, covering the plate on his BMW S1000 RR with his hand. Police said the practice has become common among bikers but they will spend time tracking them down.

As well as being convicted of speeding he has now been convicted of perverting the course of justice. Along with the fine, he will have to do 240 hours of community service. Surely being caught and given a ticket in the first place would have been a better idea for Robert.

North Yorkshire police won’t tolerate these kinds of offences

Traffic cop Andrew Forth said: ‘This is the third motorcyclist successfully prosecuted by North Yorkshire Police for this type of offence, where a rider covers their number plate after being caught speeding. ‘It seems this act is on the increase on North Yorkshire’s roads – but it will not be tolerated.

‘Any reports will be investigated and offenders put before the courts. Other investigations are already underway for similar incidents’.

‘North Yorkshire Police will be actively targeting key locations throughout the year with increased patrols, to make our roads safer for the communities of North Yorkshire.’

It seems as though covering up the number plate on your bike can actually land you in more trouble than being caught and slapped with a fine. In principle, the same treatment would apply to the folding number plate brackets too!