When you think of superheroes, often the first thing that comes to mind isn’t leather-wearing burly bikers. However, volunteer bike recovery team Biker Biker have increased their patrols and recovery work throughout the UK in order to combat crime. The group offers a free recovery service for anyone that has had their bike stolen, something that the police often charge £150 for. In addition to this, they work closely with Knights Recovery and transport, saving Bikers hundreds of pounds in recovering their pride and joy after a theft.
Bike thefts are a common occurrence
It’s estimated that on average, 40,000 motorcycles are stolen every year in the UK. Often thieves will remove a motorcycle by breaking and entering into an area, followed shortly by hotwiring or other tampering methods to start the bike. In addition to this, It’s not uncommon for thieves to use vans or wagons. This allows them to pull-over, then grab your bike and go- all in under 10 seconds. Biker Biker recovers two bikes a week and successfully return them to their rightful owners. In addition to their recovery work, they also actively catch thieves in the act of stealing bikes. The group do all of this out of their own free time- what a team!
The group rely upon donations to keep their voluntary work afloat
The money that is needed to keep this voluntary service running is all raised at biker events across the country. So if you see these guys, be sure to drop a few coins into their bucket. After all, you never know when you may have to call upon their services.
When interviewed, Shane, the founder of Biker Biker, stated that the patrols were massively important to them. Their only goal for the patrols is to reunite bikers with their stolen pride and joy.
The team are additionally focusing on raising awareness
In addition to the patrols, Biker Biker has been attending BSB meets, as well as the Southend Shakedown and the 1066 ride out. It is hoped that by attending the events, the group can pass out advice and raise awareness on bike security and preventing theft.
The group receives support from local police
Shane stated that the local police are very supportive of what they bring to the biking community. However, he worryingly pointed out that there was a growing trend for others to set up vigilante groups. He said it’s necessary to the success of their work to ensure that they stay above board.
“We’re completely above board. The best thing that these people could do is come out with us to increase our support.”
The group recently recovered a £16,000 motorcycle
One of the latest recoveries made by the heroic group was of a Ducati Multistrada 1000. The recovery occurred a year after it was stolen. When the motorcycle was returned, the group stated that the owner was extremely grateful as he and his dad had spent a lot of time and money adding a custom Tricolore paint scheme.
When Biker Biker discovered the location of the bike, with the help of the Met Police, they claimed it back and returned it. The group caught up with the leader of a gang attempting to sell the beloved motorcycle on. If the group had arrived just moments later and the bike could have been gone forever.
The Biker community continues to thrive
The biking community is such a compassionate and altruistic one that it comes as no surprise that in the face of adversity, groups such as Biker Biker continue to support their fellow riders. There is truly no other group with the same bond such as bikers. Recovery group Biker Biker is a reflection of the strength that runs through the community and we applaud them on their continued efforts to help reduce crime and fix others misfortune.
To find out more about Biker Biker or to give your support, click here.
The Bike4Life festival is one of the biggest highlights on a Biker’s calendar and this year was no exception.
The festival makes a major impact on saving lives
The Bike4Life festival is an essential time for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity. Raising large amounts of valuable funds for the charity, it’s a much-needed boost to help continue to save lives.
Bikers rode in the rain from all over the country to attend the ride out to show their support. In addition to this, celebrities such as Carl Fogarty MBE, Steve Parrish, Neil Hodgson, Dougie Lampkin MBE and charity ambassador, Mike Tindall MBE have all made an appearance.
The Bike4Life festival boasts a variety of fun things to do
Bikers followed a whopping 23-mile closed road from Meole Brace in Shrewsbury to RAF Cosford. From here bikers enjoyed the Bike4Life Festival. The festival itself has now rightfully earned its title as the largest motorbike gathering in the country.
The day encompassed a variety of activities. These ranged from live music, and demonstrations, activities for young children, as well as trade stands and exhibitions all tailored to the biking community. Of course, no festival is complete without food and drink and Bike4Life certainly delivered. Bikers enjoyed a variety of different food stands- with the firm favourite being the burger stand of course.
SorryMate continues to support Air-Ambulance Charities
SorryMate attended Bike4Life with their stall offering free legal advice to bikers in need of assistance. The air ambulance is a critical service to Bikers all over the UK. Unfortunately, Bikers have one of the biggest accident rates on the road. As a result, many bikers’ lives are dependant on organisations such as the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity. SorryMate is proud to continuously actively promote air ambulance charities – which you can read about here.
Previous years have raised significant funds
Last year, the Bike4Life festival raised a whopping £87,000 for the Midlands Air Ambulance. This alone will fund an incredible 35 air ambulance missions across the entire region.
Jo Bailey, the events and area fundraising manager for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity said that:
“It’s a great event for bikers, but there’s a real family-friendly atmosphere for people who just want to come and support the charity. Tickets are just £5, or free for under 16s, and can be purchased online at bike4lifefest.com or on the day.”
For more information about the Bike4Life Ride Out and Festival- or for information on next year’s festival, click here.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, don’t hesitate to contact SorryMate today. You can do this by clicking here.