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
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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
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
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 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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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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.”
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.”
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!
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.
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’.
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.
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.
“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!
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!
While many people could think of a million and one reasons not to ride, we thought we would give you twelve good reasons to jump on a bike and head for the hills. Even with motorcycles costing a fraction of the price to run, only a small percentage of the population are taking advantage of the benefits.
1- They save you money… to spend on more bike related things, of course!
As mentioned above, bikes cost substantially less to run than their four-wheeled opponents. Whether it be insurance, fuel, tyres, or general upkeep- bikes are cheaper! In general, any bike will be less expensive than a car, but in particular, the Suzuki sv650 and Yamaha MT-07 are right at the top when it comes to value for your money.
2- You’ll gain an instant biker family
When you’re a biker, you’re never alone. While this may sound a bit cliche and you’ve probably heard it many times before, but bikers are family. If you see a rider at the side of the road, you can bet they will be surrounded by others willing to help and get a fellow biker back on “his” way. The general misconception about bikers is that we are all tough and mean. Bikers are some of the most helpful people you will ever meet.
3- The adrenaline rush is like no other
If you’re after a bit of speed, then motorcycling is the way of life to choose. Let’s be honest; if you wanted to get a car that is as capable as a bike, you would easily be looking at a five-figure number if not more. To achieve excellent performance on a bike, you can spend £2000 on an older sports bike that is still able to beat ninety per cent of road cars. It’s a no-brainer.
4- The ability to switch off and disconnect
In a world that is hyper-connected, it is sometimes difficult to distance yourself from things and have a bit of “me time”. Motorcycling can give you the much needed time away from technology and the gripes of life in general. Even a 10-minute ride to the shop can give you a little time to clear your head and put you back into your happy place. You can go out alone and meet new friends or go out with friends and meet more. Nothing cheers you up like a bimble out with awesome people.
5- Save time during your commute
Is there anything more annoying than sitting in your car in a line of traffic and glancing across to see a biker filtering through the middle? I don’t think there is, so why sit and wait in traffic? Join the rising number of people riding to and from work. This reduces the amount of cars on the road, therefore, making it better for the environment too!
6- It burns calories!
Now, we’re not suggesting that bimbling along the road on your bike is the equivalent of running a marathon, but it does burn some calories. When you think about it, while in the car, you are sat still possibly munching on a chocolate bar or sipping a cup of coffee. When out on your bike, you have to focus on body positioning, holding up potentially more than 200 kg sat at traffic lights, and leaning said 200kg machine into some pretty sharp bends. Motorcycling is an all over body workout.
7- Helps you avoid the repetition of a mundane routine
Your morning commute can be tedious; it can make you tired of the day before it has even started. Why not turn a boring commute into the highlight of your day? Wake up, get dressed and go for a ride. Finish a rubbish day at work, suit up and go out for a ride — what a way to start and end an otherwise dull day.
8- You’re helping to reduce your carbon footprint
Motorcycles have less of an impact on the world compared to cars. Not only do they cause less wear and tear on the road, but they also give off fewer emissions, don’t contribute to congestion, help conserve fuel, free up more parking, and ultimately require less raw materials to be produced. That is without mentioning the tidal wave of electric motorcycles flooding onto the market.
9- It helps to develop your mind
There is no greater feeling than coming across an issue with your bike and being able to pinpoint the problem and fix it! The relationship between rider and bike is more intense than the ones between cars and their owners, so bikers tend to be more motivated to learn what makes the bike tick, and how to keep it ticking. Whether it just be the general maintenance of their bike or being able to strip and rebuild an engine, bikers are in a league of their own when it comes to mechanics.
10- Biking has become accessible for everyone
For many years, ‘beginner’ bikes were few and far between. Many people found it challenging to find the perfect bike for them to begin on, but how times have changed! The big names in the industry have released loads of smaller displacement engines to suit all riders and experience levels. Nowadays, you can walk into a showroom and ride out on a brand new beautiful stock motorcycle that will suit the preferences of any rider.
11- Bike gear looks and feels awesome
The typical mental image created by saying a biker is a man in his leathers, perhaps ill-fitting. However, there are now styles of gear to suit anyone and any purpose, whether it be a day down the tracks or a day at the pub. From custom made one piece to shelf brought kevlar jeans, there is gear for everyone. So, if it was a heavy leather suit putting you off biking, quit making excuses and find your new mode of transport.
12- Bikers are changing the world, one fundraiser at a time
Bikers do not just go around on their bikes or head to the pub. Many bikers and biker associations complete various fundraisers and events to raise money for charity. Annual toy runs, for example, bringing gifts to those less fortunate and bringing a smile along with them too. There is so many bikers get up to that assists others, why wait to become a part of it?
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.
Motorcycle accident statistics
Recently released statistics in 2019 show that motorcycle crashes and accidents have reduced by 5 %. Although this is excellent news for bikers everywhere, it is still important to remember that bikers still remain the most vulnerable road users in the UK.
The safety of bikers everywhere is paramount to SorryMate
Since 2016, the number of accidents involving bikers has reduced by 5%. When taking into consideration the number of motorcyclists on the road it’s clear that this is a significant decrease in accidents.
However, despite this decrease, it is essential to note that one in three accidents are either severe or fatal. It has become clear that both bikers and other road users must take more caution when making a journey.
Who is most likely to be involved in a motorcycle accident?
- 92% of crash victims are male
- 37% of bikers were aged 25 and under
- Sunday is the day when most fatal crashes occur
- 83% of accidents took place in excellent weather conditions
- 58% of all accidents claims occur on 50-125cc motorcycles
- The most dangerous place to ride a motorcycle
Nine of the ten most dangerous roads in the UK are located in London.
So, if you are lucky enough to live outside the capital, you are already in the lower percentage of bikers most likely to have a crash.
However, the UK has plenty of other roads that are also known to catch out even the most experienced riders.
The most dangerous roads for bikers are
- Scotland A82
- North West A57
- North East A194
- West Midlands A4040
- Yorkshire Humber A62
- South East A259
Looking at current motorcycle statistics, it is apparent that most accidents occur on A-roads.
But why? The obvious answer would be to say that it is due to the higher speed limits and denser traffic. But, are bikers and car drivers given sufficient training to be able to deal with roads like this? Are the streets adequately maintained? Or is there other reasons to be considered?
Something has to be done to combat the fatality rate, whether it be more training for road users or efficient maintenance of the road surfaces. With the British summertime (a week of sunshine) ahead of us, we hope that everyone will be able to enjoy the weather and most importantly, stay safe!
If you’re involved in a motorcycle accident, don’t hesitate to contact SorryMate for free legal advice. SorryMate is a dedicated firm who focus on getting bikers the compensation they deserve.