Bike4Life

Biker charity festival Bike4Life was a huge success

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.

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New EU ISA vehicle regulations on DON’T apply to motorbikes

Speeding causes up to 30% of fatalities during road traffic accidents. As a result, the latest proposed changes to EU vehicle law will see ‘intelligent speed assistance’, also known as ISA, devices fitted to all new vehicles.

What is intelligent speed assistance?

ISA is a system which uses built-in road-sign recognition cameras and a GPS-linked speed limit database to alert drivers of their speed. The idea behind the system is to prevent drivers from exceeding the current speed system actively.  The technology looks extremely promising in terms of reducing speeding related-deaths. The vast majority of regulations of this nature aim to protect ‘vulnerable‘ road users, such as cyclists and bikers.

When will ISA be implemented?

Due to poor infrastructure, the new scheme will not be implemented any time soon. Currently, road-sign recognition cameras are not reliable. They often give incorrect readings. In addition to this, GPS speed databases are outdated. They are in dire need of reform. As a result, it isn’t likely that we will see any widespread application anytime soon.

Will the new regulations apply to motorcycles?

The short answer: No. Luckily, I if and when the new regulations come into force, they will only apply to vehicles of categories M, N and O. Motorbikes are category L.

If you’d like to read more motorcycle news, then check out our blogs for further updates. Alternatively, if you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident recently and would like to make a claim, contact SorryMate here.

 

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Cartagena track day goes wrong for Fergus Dalgarno

 

Their best thing about SorryMate is that every employee is a biker.

Well, there is, of course, one exception. Fergus Dalgarno will temporarily be taking a break from his motorcycle. This follows a disagreement with his bike on track at Cartagena.

Fergus’s managed to lock the car keys inside the hire car

The tale begins on Wednesday evening at 4.30 pm. Fergus arrived in Spain at Alicante. Arriving at the airport, Fergus picked up his bags and headed towards his hire car.

Fergus carefully placed his bags in the boot. Only after closing the boot did he realise that he had locked the keys inside. After returning to the hire company, who probably had a great laugh, he discovered that the spare keys are kept in Valencia. Fortunately, the hire company has ‘assistance’ available to come and help. The so-called assistance took over three hours later. When it did eventually arrive, after looking at the car and checking the door handles, they decided that there was nothing else which could be done. Fergus was still unable to get his belongings from the boot of the car and decided to head over to the hotel.

After hitting another vehicle, they headed to the hospital

Fergus was defeated, temporarily. However, that wasn’t going to stop him from getting on the track. So he devised a cunning plan. He decided to hire a second car out to make it to the track. After which he would drive up to Valencia to collect the keys for the first hire car.

He arrived at the hotel at 1 pm. After grabbing a good night’s sleep, he was up and ready at 6 am to hit the circuit. All fueled up with food, they jumped in the car and headed towards the track.

Just as they were heading around the corner, they hit a local driver. Long story short, two smashed up cars later, Fergus was on his way to the hospital.

After leaving the hospital, they drove around trying to find a new vehicle

Fergus left the hospital at 11 am. Luckily the hire company sent a taxi over to bring them back into Cartagena. The idea was that they would collect another new hire vehicle. However, after arriving, the company then decided it was best to obtain a different car in Murcia.

So the pair headed off down to Murcia. Fergus ended up making the 7-hour drive from Cartagena to Valencia, then to Alicante and back to Cartagena. He didn’t make it back to the hotel until 7 pm that evening.

He may have been down, but he wasn’t defeated

Finally, after a whirlwind of stress, Fergus managed to get himself booked in for the track day in the morning. The sun was shining, he was excited, and his bike was ready to go. Hitting the track with his instructor, he first did his sighting laps.

One lap down, Fergus was feeling great. That was of course until he dropped a gear too many. This caused the bike to lock up and throw Fergus off.

Fergus was recovered by ambulance

Fergus was recovered off the circuit by ambulance. He was taken straight to the medical centre. After demanding his leathers come off in one piece (ouch!), his ankle was put into a support wrapping. He was then promptly shipped off to the local hospital. After arriving at the hospital, the orthopaedic doctor grabbed his leg, crunching it back into place by leaning his body-weight against it.

Fergus took an early flight home. However, this was not before requiring blood thinners so that he could fly. He is now finally home and will be resting for the next six weeks. As a result, he will now be working from home in the meantime.

Here at SorryMate, we know more than any other solicitors that motorbike Crashes and accidents can happen. It’s even happened to our Fergus. If you’re involved in a crash on the road, don’t hesitate to contact us today.

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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.

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Bike Tours for The Wounded

 

SorryMate‘s Liz and husband, Mik set off on a motorbike challenge to do America’s world-famous route 66 in order to help wounded service personnel.

What is Bike Tours for the Wounded?

Bike Tours for The Wounded, also known as BT4TW, is an organisation which provides the opportunity for the wounded, sick or injured a chance to experience the famous route 66 as a pillion. The amazing tour makes several stops at some of the most iconic attractions in America’s ‘Mother Road’.

Liz and Mik will first make a small detour

Liz and Mik will first be heading to Normandy next month for their first challenge. Following this will be their challenge in America in August. The couple will be doing it to support Bike Tours for the Wounded. Liz is looking forward to help in their own way.

Liz stated that: “The aim is to support individuals with their rehabilitation, through a unique programme, enabling them to ride pillion on motorcycle tours in the UK, Europe and the USA

The not-for-profit organisation aims to provide the opportunity for 52 servicemen

Bike Tours for The Wounded is an organisation which aims to offer funded places are offered to individuals from all ranks Each year. The organisation strive to provide the opportunity for 52 servicemen, servicewomen and veterans. They offer three different trips: D-Day sites at Normandy, Route 66 or an amazing tour of the Wild West.

Bike Tours for The Wounded relies heavily upon the numerous fundraising activities, and generous donations from the general public. The motorcycle trip has been proven to be extremely beneficial to those who have taken part in varying stages of their rehabilitation process.

Liz stated that “This is only possible because of supporters and volunteer riders. We’ll ride to Normandy on our own motorcycles, and then ride Route 66 with hired Harley Davidsons.”

SorryMate love to support multiple Bike charities

We absolutely love to support many different motorcycle charities and events. If you would like to read more about what we do, click here, to find our charitable updates.

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Free uninsured loss with SMIDSY and BeMoto

SorryMate andBeMoto Insurance to provide unrivalled service. With no broker fees if you wish to make changes to your policy mid-term, such as changing your bike or moving home.

It’s important to have insurance your vehicle. Bike accidents aren’t cheap. Insurance is really important to protect yourself against any loss if you are involved in an accident. Bikers understand more than anyone how stressful heavy bills are after an accident.

Get Free uninsured loss with BeMoto

SorryMate is offering FREE uninsured loss recovery when you buy BeMoto road insurance and quote “SMIDSY”. You can also receive up to 90 days EU cover per trip as standard and titanium cover for just £40 extra – which includes UK & EU RAC breakdown, £1.5k Helmet & Leathers and £20k Personal Accident cover.

In addition, you can benefit from discounts on other non-road insurance, including SORN and track day bike damage, plus a wide range of available products for you and your bike, as well as declared modification coverage for modifications.

 

To collect a quote from our experienced team, give us a call on 0808 1 642 160 or email bemoto@sorrymate.com.

 

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Surge of Potholes Affecting UK Roads

Roads across the country have once again been significantly impacted by the winter weather. The UK has seen a surge of potholes appearing more and more frequently.

The UK is said to be experiencing a pothole epidemic

Potholes are caused by a structural failure in the road surface. They are usually caused by water in the underlying soil structure, but they can also be caused by continuous traffic passing over the affected area.

Potholes are a major issue for bikers on the roads, especially for bikers and cyclists. Bikers will often risk being flung from their motorcycles by going over them, or risk being hit by swerving around them.

Figures show one in three vehicles are damaged by potholes

The AA recently released figures showing that one in three drivers has had their vehicle damaged by potholes. However, only one in five people reported the potholes.

Potholes can lead to damage to tyres and bodywork, but for motorcyclists, they can be potentially fatal. Bikers rarely consider putting in a claim against the council in respects to unkept road surfaces. As a result of this, many simply don’t try to reclaim the cost of the damage caused to their bike.

SorryMate can help you make a claim

Making a claim against local councils can be a daunting process. However, we can do all the work for you. SorryMate’s dedicated biking solicitors boast years of experience in dealing with motorbike accidents caused by potholes or other types of damage to the road.

If you have been involved in an accident caused by a pothole in the road and wish to make a claim then give us a call or submit a form by clicking here.

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SorryMate Endurance Team achieve success

It has been a  successful season for SorryMate’s Endurance Team. They secured the No Limits Racing ACU National Endurance 600 crown in a dominant campaign.

The team achieved a 43 point margin

Gaz Evans and Colin Norris, with notable contributions from Gary Johnson and Daniel Drayton, helped the team to achieve success. They achieved a comfortable 43-point margin at the top of the UK’s only National Endurance Championship.

The season opened up at Silverstone in March. The endurance team produced a solid second place finish. In spite of faltering in the following round at Brands Hatch by sliding to seventh.

SorryMate saw two excellent wins

The results following Brands Hatch proved to be the first and final time that SorryMate would miss out on a podium in 2017. The team responded with two excellent wins. In addition to this, it was on top of terrible weather conditions in May and July at Donington Park. The success didn’t stop here. The team also managed to take home second position at Anglesey Coastal. This allowed them to climb to the top of the championship standings.

And they refused to relinquish control of the competition having hit the front, registering the third win at Snetterton in between third-place finishes at Cadwell Park and Croft that saw Sorrymate seal the title with a race to spare.

The team celebrated in style

The team celebrated in style with another podium to cap off a sensational year and this was after claiming a haul of 176 points out of a possible 225 from the nine rounds.

We would like to congratulate the team on their hard work and efforts. Furthermore, A big thank you is due to the pit crew and their incredibly supportive family and friends who made the victory possible through their hard work and dedication.

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Wigley Twins continue to progress

SorryMate once again invested in twins Kurt and Matt Wigley in 2017 as the racing duo continue to progress through the BSB ranks.

Kurt enjoyed a promising season after stepping up to the Dickies British Supersport class. In contrast, Matt only managed five outings in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000. This was before suffering a broken vertebra at Knockhill in June.

Matt recovered well and numerous manoeuvres

Despite his limited action, Matt showcased his overtaking prowess with numerous manoeuvres, in particular during his first race on the 1000cc Kawasaki at Donington Park as he recovered from starting last of 46 competitors on the grid to finish 16th, although he did not register a championship point prior to his season-ending injury.

Kurt managed to avoid any serious damage

Kurt avoided any serious damage. He was able to build on an early-season promise by claiming his first points in the feature race of round three at Oulton Park. His 10th position proved to be the first of eight top 10 finishes. He started a run of earning points in 14 of the remaining 19 races.

With Matt sidelined, Kurt took centre stage with a spectacular performance during the fifth round at Snetterton, producing his best result of the season by coming sixth and eighth in the two races to add 18 points to his tally.

Solid displays at Brands Hatch and Thruxton followed before another top 10 finish in the feature race at Cadwell Park despite starting from 19th on the grid after crashing out of the sprint race.

Kurt was the first supersport to test Mupo suspension

Kurt then became the first rider in the Supersport class to test the new Mupo suspension in September, which provided immediate results in the sprint race at Silverstone by crossing the line in ninth spot, recording the sixth fastest lap time in the process to secure a second row start for the feature race. However, he, unfortunately, missed out on a potential top-five finish by crashing in the wet conditions.

The 22-year-old then came seventh twice and ninth once across the next four races at Oulton Park and Assen to increase his points tally further and the Sorrymate rider completed the campaign on a high with five more at Brands Hatch to conclude the year in 15th position overall in the Championship with 83 points.

The Wigley brothers are eager to further establish themselves in their respective classes in 2018.

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Motorcycle Live Event 2017 is a success

SorryMate enjoyed a successful attendance at Motorcycle Live

Motorcycle Live is an annual bike and scooter show held at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England. It was a hugely successful event at Motorcycle Live this year, with over 100,000 visitors flocking to the NEC Birmingham across the nine days between 18 to 26 November.

A big thanks to everyone who visited our stand and entered our competition to win a brand new Honda CB650F. Special mention to our lucky winner, Ron, who was drawn at random by Sorrymate rider Kurt Wigley to claim the amazing prize.

Well done to the organisers for running yet another fantastic show. We already look forward to attending again next year.