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17% Increase In Arrests Made At Isle Of Man TT

Following the recent Isle of Man TT, statistics have been released showing the number of arrests made over the duration of the festival.

Arrests continue to grow during the festival

In 2018, the number of arrests made was 126. In 2019, it has increased to 148. What’s the reason for this increase? Well, with poor weather taking over the event many days, spectators flooded into local pubs and clubs to make the most of what they could do. Many of the arrests were drink related!

However, collisions are on the decrease

However, despite the increased number of arrests, the number of collisions has decreased from 78 (2018) to 62 (2019). Was this because the weather forced everyone in the pub for a social?

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A temporary speed limit has helped decrease accidents

Due to the high police presence and a temporary speed limit of 50mph, there were no motorcycle accidents on the Coast road. A success in the eyes of many.

There were two fatal accidents on the Isle of Man this year, both taking place in different locations on the Sloc A36 road in the south of the Island.

The statistics released were measured from Saturday 25th May to Friday 7th June, giving us the most accurate statistics possible. It is hoped that the statistics of fatalities will continue to decrease, and the number of arrests will follow the same path.

We would like to offer condolences to the families of people that lost their lives this year at the TT, including the family of Daley Mathison after he sadly passed away due to an accident on course.

BSB Knoxhill

BSB KnockHill 2019 TimeTable

Bennetts BSB is heading to KnoxHill, 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.

KNOCKHILL – 28-30TH JUNE 2019
BSB EVENT TIMETABLE

 

Friday

09.00 – 09.30 Pirelli National Superstock 600 in association with Black Horse Free Practice 1
09.40 – 10.10 Dickies British Supersport Free Practice 1
10.20 – 11.05 BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLI Free Practice 1
11.15 – 11.45 HEL Performance British Motostar Free Practice 1
11.55 – 12.25 Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black Horse Free Practice 1
12.35 – 12.55 // Molson Group British Sidecars Free Practice
13.45 – 14.15 Pirelli National Superstock 600 in association with Black Horse Free Practice 2
14.25 – 14.55 Dickies British Supersport Free Practice 2
15.05 – 15.35 HEL Performance British Motostar Free Practice 1
15.45 – 16.30 BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLI Free Practice 2
16.40 – 17.10 Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black Horse Free Practice 2
17.20 – 17.45 Dickies Junior Supersport Free Practice
17.55 – 18.15 Molson Group British Sidecars Qualifying

Saturday

09.00 – 09.05 Molson Group British Sidecars Warm up
09.10 – 09.35 Dickies Junior Supersport Qualifying
09.45 – 10.15 HEL Performance British Motostar Qualifying
10.25 – 11.10 BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLI Free Practice 3
11.20 – 11.50 Dickies British Supersport Qualifying
12.00 – 12.30 Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black Horse Qualifying
12.40 – 13.10 Pirelli National Superstock 600 in association with Black Horse Qualifying
13.25 // Molson Group British Sidecars Race 1 – 15 laps
14.15 Dickies Junior Supersport Race 1 – 15 laps
14.45 Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black Horse Race 1 – 24 laps
15.25 HEL Performance British Motostar Race 1 – 18 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

17.05 Dickies British Supersport Championship – Sprint Race 1 – 18 laps
17.40 Dickies Junior Supersport Race 2 – 15 laps
18.10 Molson Group British Sidecars Race 2 – 15 laps

Sunday

09.00 – 09.05 Molson Group British Sidecars Warm up
09.10 – 09.18 Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black Horse Warm up
09.40 – 10.00 BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLI Warm up
10.05 – 10.13 HEL Performance British Motostar Warm up
10.18 – 10.26 Dickies British Supersport Warm up
10.40 Dickies Junior Supersport Race 3 – 15 laps
11.10 Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black Horse Race 2- 24 laps
11.35 – 12.25 Pit Walk, Bennetts/VIP Safety Car & Pillion laps
12.40 Pirelli National Superstock 600 in association with Black Horse Race – 22 laps
13.30 BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLI Race 1 – 30 laps
14.15 Molson Group British Sidecars Race 3 – 15 laps
14.50 HEL Performance British Motostar Race 2- 22 laps
15.40 Dickies British Supersport Championship – Feature Race 2 – 26 laps
16.30 BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLI Race 2 – 30 laps
17.20 Dickies Junior Supersport Race 4 – 15 laps

Admission Prices

Adult Concession Family Ticket
Weekend Admission (Friday-Sunday) £ (online) £ (online) Free
Friday Admission (Practice) £7 £ 4 £18
Saturday Admission (Qualifying/Support Races) £32 £10 £46
Sunday Admission (Main Raceday) £32 £18 £82

About Knoxhill

Knockhill Racing Circuit in Fife is Scotland’s national Motorsport centre. The circuit is located in the Fife countryside about 10 miles north of Dunfermline. The track, initially opened in 1974, is 1.3 miles long and was created by joining service roads to a nearby disused railway. Since the 1980s Knockhill has been extensively developed to a point where it is able to host rounds of most of the major British car and motorcycle racing championships.

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For more information, visit the official BSB Brands Hatch website here. For more motorcycle news, click here.

Noise Cameras

Noise Cameras set to be tested to crack down on illegal exhausts

In a bid to cut down on illegal exhausts, the department of transport has released that they will be trialling new noise cameras at various locations across the UK. Over the next seven months the department will monitor the success of the trial, and if successful, will roll the cameras out across the UK later in the year.

The scheme aims to crack down on illegal exhausts

The new initiative is aimed at drivers and motorcyclists with illegal exhaust systems in the hope to cut down on the amount of noise pollution created by vehicles. A microphone will record the sound of a passing vehicle, before ANPR and video and image capturing cameras collect visual evidence against the offending machine.

When talking about the new trial, Chris Grayling, transport secretary, said “Noise pollution makes the lives of people in communities across Britain an absolute misery and has severe health impacts. This is why I am determined to crack down on the nuisance drivers who blight our streets,” he added. “New technology will help us lead the way in making our towns and cities quieter, and I look forward to seeing how these exciting new cameras could work.

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It’s predicted that more bikers will receive punishments

Up until now, noise regulations have been enforced subjectively by Police officers. Eliminating subjectivity means that more people are likely to be punished for their illegal actions. The cameras will also take into account the speed and location of the vehicle when the offence takes place.

CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Association, Tony Campbell, also said: “With growing pressure on the environment, including noise pollution, illegal exhausts fitted by some riders attract unwanted attention to the motorcycle community and do nothing to promote the many benefits motorcycles can offer.

“All manufacturers produce new motorcycles that follow strict regulations regarding noise and emissions, and we welcome these trials as a potential way of detecting excessive noise in our community.”

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Bikers have some tough decisions to make in relation to their exhausts

So, what will bikers choose to do now? Will we change the bikes exhausts back to standard or will we run the risk of being caught? A saying that’s been around for a while is that” loud pipes save lives” and certainly when it comes to filtering, it can assist in being heard and therefore seen. A quick blip of the throttle can alert other road users to your presence and reduce the risk of an incident.

The trial comes after extensive research has taken place and concluded that excessive noise pollution could not only be harmful physically but mentally too. Although we think some people might disagree, personally,  the noise of our bikes at Sorrymate brings nothing but joy and happiness!

 

Underwater Motorcycle

New Underwater Motorbike Now On Sale

For £13,000 you could be the proud owner of a new underwater motorcycle (yep you heard us right) that allows you to explore the seabed in your private submarine.

Underwater Motorcycle

The ‘SubSea Scooter’ is powered by an electric underwater motorcycle and allows owners to ride underwater for up to two-and-a-half hours at a time. It uses the same controls as a conventional motorcycle and brings a whole new world for bikers to adventure into. The rider of the machine sits in an upright position with their bubble helmet to supply oxygen.

The unique scooters are available as either single or double units – and the sellers claim they are ‘ideal for exploring coral reefs’.

Underwater Motorcycle

How fast can it go?

The scooter weighs 150kg and reaches a top speed of 3mph, the maximum depth advised is up to 12 metres. The bike also has a built-in airbag, enabling the rider to rise and fall as they wish with a change in air volume. This makes exploring the depths of the sea easier than it ever has been.

Underwater Motorcycle

How much will it cost?

A one-person scooter is available from UK firm Silvercrest Submarines for £12,860 ($16,300), while the two-person scooter will cost £17,660 ($14,000).

The scooter is ideal for yacht enthusiasts, divers, and tourist destination operatives, or anyone that fancies a trip into the ocean to explore.

The manufacturers say, ‘this scooter is ideally suited for couples to explore the underwater world in safety and comfort.  Each rider’s head goes inside an air chamber within the helmet, which is continuously supplied with air from scuba tanks lasting seventy minutes, which are attached to the front body of the scooter’.

What other features does it have?

The helmet features a flat fog resistant glass giving a clear underwater view. Each underwater motorcycle is powered by two electric motors, one for forwarding movement and another for vertical movement, providing precise control, manoeuvrability and safety.

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“The controls operate like your typical motorbike,” said the spokesperson. “Turn the handlebars for direction and push the batons for speed and depth. Pressure and depth gauges are provided on the control bar. With a maximum speed of three miles per hour and an operating depth of up to 12 meters, riders have access to shallow reefs and caves. Those who are not strong swimmers or who have minor disabilities can still ride the bike and can wear glasses or contact lenses without difficulty. No diving certification is needed; no experience is required. A line attached to a marker buoy keeps the scooter safely tethered to the world above.”

The new ‘motorcycle’ makes sea exploration accessible to everyone, bikers and drivers alike. We wonder how many bikers will venture underwater!

Youngest Motorcycle Dealer in UK

18 Year Old Becomes UK’s Youngest Motorcycle Dealership Owner

Wildmans Motorcycles in Spilsby, Lincolnshire, announced last month that a former apprentice of the shop was to become the new owner of the dealership. On May 20th, Chris Lake, who has since turned 19, took over as head mechanic and owner of the premises.

When speaking out publicly, Chris said “I’ve got to try, haven’t I? If I don’t try now, then I won’t know what could’ve been. I don’t want to sit back and not have a go.”

Chris had been working at the dealership since he was 13 years

Since 2005, Peter McDowell owned the premises (started trading in 1926 as a blacksmith’s forge) and has now chosen to hand over ownership to Lake, who has been working for the firm since he was 13 when he started as a Saturday boy.

Chris has made a big step up from Saturday boy to owner. It goes to show that with hard work and perseverance, you can achieve! It may even inspire others to have a go, perhaps not owning a dealership, but to work on their bikes. Starting with the basics and progressing from there.

The former owner will still assist Chris in his new role

Chris will be assisted in running the business by Alex Fixter, who will undertake fixing and repair jobs. Whilst Peter will be retiring, he will jump in to assist Chris in his new venture, as times get busy and the workload increases.

Since taking the company over in May, Chris has also introduced a new recovery service to the list of services already available at the garage. Chris will run this service at all times, Alex will run the mechanical side of the shop, and Chris’s mother will help to run the motorcycle sales side of the business.

We wish Chris luck in his new venture and hope it is a prosperous business opportunity for the young man.

If you know of a younger dealership owner, we would love to hear from you!

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The Zero S Motorcycle Unleashed

Zero Motorcycles have released the latest addition to their collection of all-electric motorcycles – The Zero S, a naked street bike. It claims to be the perfect package for street riding, with fantastic acceleration at any RPM.

The Zero S Motorcycle

With its almost silent motor, the Zero S is the perfect stealth machine. This proves to be quite a selling point contrary to traditional beliefs of loud pipes saving lives. Not every biker can have noisy pipes, whether this is due to personal preference or leaving for work in the early hours of the morning. The Zero range makes riding accessible to any person and a variety of personal circumstances.

The Zero is all torque, no shifting. This makes for comfortable riding and again accessible to those that may not be comfortable with the traditional way of biking. It may also prove handy to those that are physically not able to change gears, but still, want to experience the thrill of the ride. With no noise, vibration or fumes, all you are left with is the pure experience of riding!

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Mobile connectedness at your fingertips

You can even connect the Zero to your mobile, breaking away from being elbow deep in the engine while tuning your pride and joy, and merely adjusting performance with a handy app! Could the Zero S be any more convenient? The Zero S comes standard with pre-programmed performance modes to assist in the daily commute or a journey around the twisty country roads.

Zero Motorcycle

Charging times are a dream

One thing putting people off the electric bikes is the thought of charging. With the Zero, charging for as little as an hour will give you 85 miles of riding! In the time it takes to have a cup of coffee, you can get 30 miles or so more journey. The other bonus is that you don’t need any special charging equipment to supply the bike, plug into the mains overnight and wake up refreshed and refuelled!

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Forget maintenance costs

Now, for those of us who don’t like or can’t keep up with maintenance, the Zero has no oil, spark plugs, clutches, filters, chain adjustments, and doesn’t require expensive tune-ups. Instead, a carbon fibre belt directly connects the rear wheel to a motor that uses a single moving part to deliver torque at levels beyond conventional superbikes.

To keep the bike up to date with the latest spec, update the application on your phone and experience another level of riding.

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The Zero S is the bike with the longest rage

The Zero S is the longest-range production electric motorcycle out there. At its core is the highest power and energy density battery in the EV industry — the higher the battery capacity, the more range. Select the battery size that works for you. Ride over 220 miles city / 110 miles highway using the highest capacity ZF14.4 battery coupled with the Power Tank accessory (adds 3.6 kWh). Or, shed weight and gain storage space with the ZF7.2.

Zero-Motorcycle-S

Are electric motorcycles the way forward? Or will you choose to stick with tradition? The Zero certainly gives the rider a vast amount of control over their ride. For £10,690 you can own a standard S and have room for improvement with their optional extras.

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A Quick Look At Ducati’s First Electric Motorbike

World leaders in beautifully made bikes, Ducati, have released concepts for a new electric motorcycle. With global warming at the forefront of everything, leaders in the motorcycle industry are all beginning to design electric bikes to keep up with the times. Even Harley Davidson are joining in!

The bike resembles its popular Panigale Superbike

Now, what else could you expect from the Italian designers other than something that is aesthetically stunning to look at? They have indeed continued the tradition onto this new bike. Traditionally, electric bikes can look very futuristic and stick out in a crowd of “normal” bikes. However, the Ducati Elettrico has a striking resemblance to the very popular Panigale Superbike.

Ducati-back

While technical details are yet to be released; the renderings suggest that the bike will have a single-sided swingarm with offset mono-shock, a mid-mounted motor, chain drive, inverted front fork and Brembo brakes – all standard on many of Ducati’s current bikes.

It is important to remember that Elettrico exists only in these renderings, and there is no guarantee that Ducati is working on a bike like this. But if you take their CEO at his word, then you might not be surprised to see a motorcycle that looks something like this in the next few years.

The concept of an electric motorbike is far from the conventional bikes of Ducati, but, looks wise the designer has kept with the trendy ideas that already exist within the brand.

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The new Ducati will come with a gearbox

On close inspection, it seems as though Ducati will make the bike with a gearbox, as the renderings include a gear shifter. This may encourage some of the more traditional petrol heads to give the Elettrico ago, as they have not cut out the control that the rider has over the bike with a completely automatic transmission. I would steer clear of an automatic electric motorcycle, as it could be seen that the bike was doing all the work. However, there are many benefits if Ducati were to choose to make the motorcycle automatic, as this would open up the machine to riders that otherwise wouldn’t be able to ride the bike.

We hope that other manufacturers will follow carefully in the footsteps of Ducati and begin to make electric motorcycles that look similar to their already successful petrol relatives. This would create less of a divide in the motorcycle world and enable those that choose to ride electric bikes to blend in with the crowd should they decide to do so

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BSB Brands Hatch 2019 TimeTable

Bennetts BSB is heading to Brands Hatch, 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 bank holiday weekend.

BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP BRANDS HATCH (GP) FRIDAY 14 – SUNDAY 16 JUNE 2019

Friday

09.00 – 09.25 Pirelli National Superstock 600 in association with Black Horse Free Practice 1
09.35 – 10.05 Dickies British Supersport/GP2 Free Practice 1
10.15 – 11.00 BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLI Free Practice 1
11.10 – 11.40 HEL Performance British Motostar Free Practice 1
11.50 – 12.15 Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black Horse Free Practice 1
12.25 – 12.45 Ducati Performance TriOptions Cup Free Practice
12.55 – 13.15 // Molson Group British Sidecars Free Practice
14.00 – 14.25 Pirelli National Superstock 600 in association with Black Horse Free Practice 2
14.35 – 15.05 Dickies British Supersport/GP2 Free Practice 2
15.15 – 16.00 BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLI Free Practice 2
16.10 – 16.40 HEL Performance British Motostar Free Practice 2
16.50 – 17.15 Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black Horse Free Practice 2
17.25 – 17.45 Ducati Performance TriOptions Cup Qualifying
17.55 – 18.15 Molson Group British Sidecars Qualifying

SATURDAY

09.00 – 09.30 HEL Performance British Motostar Qualifying
09.40 – 10.05 Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black Horse Qualifying
10.15 – 11.00 BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLI  Free Practice 3
11.10 – 11.40 Dickies British Supersport/GP2 Qualifying
11.50 – 12.15 Pirelli National Superstock 600 in association with Black Horse Qualifying
12.20 – 13.00 Bennetts Rewards Exclusive Pit Walk – register at the Bennetts Stand
13.15 Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black Horse Races 1 & 2 – 16 laps ea.
14.45 Ducati Performance TriOptions Cup Race 1 – 12 laps
15.20 HEL Performance British Motostar Championship Race 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

17.10 Dickies British Supersport Championship/British GP2 Cup – Sprint Race 1 – 12 laps
17.50 Molson Group British Sidecars Race 1 – 12 laps

SUNDAY

09.00 – 09.05 Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black Horse Warm up
09.10 – 09.18 Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black Horse Warm up
09.25 – 09.45 BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLI Warm up
09.50 – 09.58 Pirelli National Superstock 600 in association with Black Horse Warm up
10.05 – 10.13 HEL Performance British Motostar Warm up
10.18 – 10.26 Dickies British Supersport/GP2 Warm up
10.31 – 10.39 Ducati Performance TriOptions Cup Warm up
10.55 Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black Horse Race 3 – 16 laps
11.20 – 12.20 Pit Walk, Bennetts/VIP Safety Car & Pillion laps
12.35 Pirelli National Superstock 600 in association with Black Horse Race 1 – 14 laps
13.15 Pit lane opens for Bennetts BSB race one: VIP grid walk
13.30 BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLI Race 1 – 20 laps
14.15 Molson Group British Sidecars Race 2 – 10 laps
14.55 HEL Performance British Motostar Championship Race 2 – 14 laps
15.40 Dickies British Supersport Championship/British GP2 Cup – Feature Race 2 – 18 laps
16.15 Pit lane opens for Bennetts BSB race two: VIP grid walk
16.30 BENNETTS BRITISH SUPERBIKES IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIRELLI Race 2 – 20 laps
17.20 Ducati Performance TriOptions Cup Race 2 – 12 laps

Admission Prices

Adult Teen (13-15) Child Seniors
Weekend Admission (Friday-Sunday) £38 (online) £23 (online) Free
Friday Admission (Practice) £12 (gate) £8 (gate) Free £10 (gate)
Saturday Admission (Qualifying/Support Races) £16 (gate) £10 (gate) Free £13 (gate)
Sunday Admission (Main Raceday) £35 (gate) £21 (gate) Free £27 (gate)

 

Grandstand Prices

 

Adult Teen (13-15) Child Seniors
Paddock Hill Saturday £5 (online) £5 (online) £5 (online) £5 (online)
Paddock Hill Sunday £18 (online) £18 (online) £18 (online) £18 (online)
Pit Straight Sunday £14 (online) £14 (online) £14 (online) £14 (online)
Hailwoods Sunday £12 (online) £12 (online) £12 (online) £12 (online)
Desire Wilson Sunday £8 (online)  £8 (online)  £8 (online)  £8 (online)

You can buy tickets by clicking here.

For more information, visit the official BSB Brands Hatch website here. For more motorcycle news, click here.

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Biker wins £3500 compensation after accident caused by Mud on the road

One of SorryMate’s client had come off his motorcycle as a result of excessive mud on a country road. We pursued a local farmer and his insurers met the claim.

The client was proceeding at approximately 40mph. From here, he had hit the mud. As a result, this caused him to come off his motorbike which then rolled on top of him.

SorryMate has successfully claimed damages of £3500 for injuries to his neck and shoulder, policy excess as the client went through this insurance, damaged kit and travel expenses.

For more testimonials from SorryMate, then click here.

If you think you may have a similar claim, then simply fill in the contact form below and one of our motorcycle accident specialists will get back to you.

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