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7 things you can expect at the Manchester Bike Show

The Manchester Bike Show is back again for the eighth year running. It hosts 18,000 sqm of biker goodness, all under one roof. This year, the event looks even bigger and better than before. If this is your first time attending, here’s our list of 10 things you can expect to see when you visit the Manchester Bike Show.

1. The Biker retail village

Manchester Bike Show Village

The retail village is the perfect opportunity for bikers to grab a bargain on brand new helmets, leathers and motorcycle accessories. With more than 100 motorcycle shops to pick from, it’s guaranteed you’ll find the right gear for your machine. With hundreds of shops at your fingertips, it’s easy to see why the Bike show is becoming a firm favourite on every biker’s calendar.

2. Motorcycle competitions 

Motorcycle Competitions

We all love a great competition, especially when you’re in for a chance to win things such as a new motorcycle helmet, or even a brand new motorcycle. It’s not uncommon to see the vast majority of stalls and companies at the show to be hosting their give-a-ways and contests. Make sure you check out the exhibitor list online to see which companies will be attending. This year, if you fancy winning a Rossi Replica Helmet, you can visit stand 128, and you could win an AGV K3 SV! You could also win 1 of 10 KGB battery chargers that are up for grabs.

3. Biking Celebrities

motorbike celebrities

The Manchester Bike show is a fantastic opportunity to meet some of the big stars in the biking world. For example, this year, four times Superbike World Champion, Carl Fogarty will be joining CCM Motorcycles from 10.00 – 15.00.  So make sure you pop over to visit him at their stand. You also have the chance to meet Olympic gold medal winner Jason Kenny CBE. You can find him on the Kawasaki Bolton Motorcycles stand.

4. Great food and drink

Manchester Bike Show Coffee

The Manchester Bike Show has a fantastic range of food and beverages available on site. With multiple different stalls, vans and coffee shops, you’re bound to find a decent bacon barm and a hot latte. Why not caffeine up and leisurely enjoy all the different stalls available? Or if you’ve travelled in by public transport, why not enjoy a cheeky tipple at one of the onsite bars.

5. Motorcycle Stunt Show

Manchester Bike Show Stunt

Every year the show wows us with their fantastic stunt shows. The show is entirely free to watch and can be found on the far side of the hall. It’s certainly worth seeing, especially if you’re a fan of trials bikes.

6. Live Music and bands

Bike Show Live Music

Who doesn’t love a bit of Rock ‘n Roll? This year, the show will feature the Delray Rockets and Howlin Mat who are a self-proclaimed ‘Oz’ band. They’re a neo-Rockabilly with an 80’s vibe. They create an energetic, hard-hitting ‘in your face’ sound,

7. SorryMate

Sorrymate Stand

Of course, your visit to the bike show wouldn’t be complete without popping over to visit the SorryMate stand. Feel free to pop over and have a chat with the team about any issues you may be facing

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Manchester Bike show 2019

SorryMate will be attending the Manchester Bike Show which is the North of England’s Premier Motorcycle Show.

What is the Manchester Bike show?

The Manchester Bike Show is a show hosted at Event City in Trafford. This year will be the show’s eight successful years since it’s started. The event will showcase brand new 2019 models from all the major manufacturers such as Suzuki, Kawasaki, KTM, Yamaha, Triumph, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Benelli, CCM and of course, SorryMate will be there too!

What can I expect from the bike show?

Once inside the show, you will find a display of over 750 bikes from modern to street, hosted and sponsored by a variety of clubs and private individuals. There will also be Live entertainment, demonstrations and many fantastic guest appearances such as Carl Fogarty. In addition to this, there will be a large retail store on site for bikers so you can grab a bargain on leathers, helmets, accessories, parts and services.

Where can I find SorryMate at Manchester Bike show?

You can find us at Stand 133 located at the front entrance of the show. Make sure you pop over to grab your free SMIDSY card or alternatively you can order a card online here. So pop along, meet some of the SorryMate team and have a chat.

What dates will the event run on?

The event runs on the Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th March 2019 from 9:30 am-5: 00 pm in Event City at Trafford.

How much is entry?

Advance Price On the Day Price
Adult £15.00 £18.00
OAP (aged 65 and over) £12.00 £15.00
Child (5-14) £5.00 £5.00
Under 5s Free Free
Family: 2 adults and 3 children (aged 5-14 years) £35.00 £40.00

Will parking be available?

There are over 2,000 FREE parking spaces on site and 15,000 within walking distance. In addition to this, there is a free dedicated bike park directly outside the venue so no need to worry about attending on your motorcycle.

Stephanie Phillips: Legal Team

We interviewed one of the Sorrymate.com two-wheel claim speclialist Legal Executives, Stephanie Phillips, who took time out to tell us all about her love of Motorcycling.

Q. How long have you been a Biker?

Stephanie: Got my first bike when I was 18.

Q. What got you interested in Motorcycling?

Stephanie: Dad had a motorbike, although he and mum preferred cycling.  It must have been in my blood, but I much preferred the two wheeled bikes to have engines!

Q. Which bike do you ride?

Stephanie: I am lucky I have a choice –  We have 3 between us:

BMW R1100S (had it since new and its now 17 years old and part of the family!)

Triumph Explorer 1200 – with two seats, the original and the lowered “baby” seat for me!

BMW F800 – my little favourite coz it’s so much FUN!

Q. Where was your best Ride-out?

Stephanie: Any ride out on the bike is good and I am lucky that I live close to many good biking areas. I do enjoy exploring Derbyshire – Bakewell has fabulous cakes and the sticky toffee pudding at the pub in Edale is wonderful! Up into the Forest of Bowland and over into Yorkshire are also good “coffee and cake” ride outs!

Q. How long have you been a Solicitor/Legal Executive?

Stephanie: Been a qualified Legal Executive now since 1999. Been with Sorrymate for 4 years and loving every minute!

Q. What do you like doing other than Biking?

Stephanie: Skiing definitely.  Also walking my dogs and going camping.

Q. What is your most interesting Fact?

Stephanie: I’m not that interesting! I did do my first ever Ron Haslam race day last year as a special birthday treat and I was the only female in our group, actually I didn’t see any other female riders at all AND I wasn’t last! AND I did get to meet Charley Boorman.

Thank you to Stephanie for telling us more about her passion for motorcycles. 

If you have any legal related questions you require answering from our team here at Sorrymate.com then please email us at enquiry@sorrymate.com or call us on 01925 643 688

Stay tuned for more profiles of our team in future editions.

Ex Police Rider joins Sorrymate.com

We warmly welcome to the Sorrymate.com Team, Tony Carter as Motorcycle Accident Specialist. 

Tony was involved in a serious motorcycle crash many years ago whilst a serving Police motorcyclist which left him with a permanent disability. When he had his crash, there was no one to fight his corner outside of the Police service, and not understanding how the civil legal process worked or being any the wiser, he accepted a settlement that he later found was substantially below what he should have been awarded.

Much of this was down to the fact that the law firm that represented him (union appointed) had no understanding of the dynamics of motorcycling, and clearly just wanted the case settled so that they could move onto the next case.

Tony was forced to retire as a result of the injuries he sustained, but found that there were a number of people both in the legal profession who wanted someone who could explain the dynamics of motorcycling together with an explanation of how the crash occurred, and motorcyclists who themselves wanted to talk to someone who actually understood what they were talking about.

He was also one of 3 responsible for writing, setting up and running the RoSPA diploma for advanced instructors. He has been an advanced motorcycle and car examiner for RoSPA since 1982, and has run many advanced riding courses.

We look forward to having Tony on our team.

If you would like to make contact with Tony email him tony@sorrymate.com or call 01925 643 688

BSB Star Joe Burns to Race with Sorrymate.com

During a test at Cartagena in February when the Sorrymate Endurance Team were shaking off the cobwebs for the new season we met up with Joe Burns 53 who raced in BSB last year to discover that he does not have a ride this year. This has to be wrong. Joe is a very talented rider who should, by anyone’s reckoning have a decent ride this year.

While we do not have the resource to sort a superstock or superbike ride for him, Joe will be riding for the Sorrymate endurance team at a number of rounds. Fergus, the owner of Sorrymate, is lending Joe his own Kawasaki ZX6R track bike and Sorrymate will put fresh tyres on it. Come down to Oulton Park for the first round on 25/26th March 2016 for the No Limits National Endurance Championship and see him in action. When asked, Fergus said “definitely going to be there to support the team. I also want to see what a good lap time on my bike is around Oulton. I know what I have done……”

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Press Release: Launch of 1001 Cycle Challenge

From the day he could walk, Fergus has lived on two wheels whether that be pedal powered or petrol powered. From building his first bicycle at about 10 years old to his first motorbike at about 15 his life has revolved around anything two wheeled. Fast track forward 25 years and as a solicitor who has ridden and been knocked off both motorbikes and pushbikes Fergus set up Sorrymate.com to look after all two wheel users who have the almost inevitable misfortune to come into contact with something 4 wheeled. Fast track forward another 8 years and Fergus is going to cycle 1001 miles in a week to raise two wheel awareness and money for 5 Air Ambulance charities.

When asked why Fergus said “ the message here is simple, to all car, van, bus and truck drivers out there: If you hit us you hurt us so please don’t. Be aware.” As to why 1001 miles in a week the blame is put squarely on an evening in the pub where a chance conversation became a definite challenge.

The challenge starts on 21st June at Oliver’s Mount race circuit in Scarborough during the Barry Sheene Memorial Meeting. Over the next seven days Fergus will be cycling all over the country. Along the way he will be visiting various Air Ambulance stations and points of interest including cycling the famous Cat & Fiddle Run. That one will hurt!

Training hard currently involves running 10k 4 times a week with a couple of hours most the evenings on a cycle treadmill. The weekends are taken up with cycling on the road unless he is motorcycle racing with No Limits in their Endurance series. Fergus has support from lots of people who are doing everything from providing nutritional advice to cycling kit and cameras for the bike.

We kindly ask for the generosity of the supporters of British Cycling and British Motorcycling to give a donation to Fergus’s Challenge through our JustGiving Fundraising page:

https://www.justgiving.com/account/teams/1001MileCycle

Please share this amongst your networks.

A very big thank you from Fergus and the 1001 Cycle Team.

Dalgarno Solicitors delivers speed to their clients

Dalgarno Solicitors in Warrington have always kept their clients updated at every possible step of their personal injury claim and believe that it is an important aspect of their service.

With their unique “SorryMate” brand focusing on motorbikes and bicycles; it was important to continue to develop the way they communicated with their clients who are often out-and-about.

Elaine Walker, partner said “When we first saw the inCase app, we were really impressed with the simplicity of how it looked and worked. Sending real-time updates and letters was an important feature as we pride ourselves on keeping clients informed regularly and frequently. A number of our clients are couriers and being able to communicate with them and take instructions via their mobiles is a distinct advantage in this competitive market-place.”

Before Dalgarnos decided to implement inCase, they surveyed a group of their client base. Elaine added “the response was hugely positive with clients saying they would welcome a dedicated mobile app. After that the decision was simple and we’ve been impressed with the inCase team getting us live within 2 weeks.”

Sucheet Amin, managing director of inCase said, “Dalgarnos have a high standard of service which they do not want to lower even in the face of fixed fees. We are proud to work with them to use mobile app technology to maintain those standards cost effectively but also to enhance their client experience further.”

Two Wheel Challenge

Founder and owner of Sorrymate.com has decided to do a two wheel challenge to raise money for air ambulance who help bikers and cyclists all over the country and to raise awareness in the minds of 4 wheel users that we exist, have a right to be on the road and when you bump into us, we get hurt so take care.

The challenge had to be tough enough to be worthy of the name so the idea of 1001 miles in a week was born. The challenge will start from Oliver’s Mount during the Barry Sheen Festival and will finish a week later. A just giving page will follow soon and anybody who fancies joining in for a day or more is very welcome. The route will be uploaded onto the Sorrymate.com website soon.

Use a day of the challenge to raise awareness and money. The more of us involved the better.

1001 Two Wheel Awareness Challenge

Sorrymate.com founder and owner, Fergus Dalgarno, will be taking part in the 1001 Two Wheel Awareness Challenge next year.

The challenge is to ride 1001 miles in a week to raise awareness of all two-wheel users while raising money for Air Ambulance at the same time.

If you want to take part in this event to help raise awareness and raise money for this great cause then all you need to do is turn up on the day. Start times, places, and route maps are all to be confirmed in the New Year, so watch this space!