Wheelie stupid

Wheelie stupid

Am I knee-deep in the proverbial? I went to a track day last September on my new R1 with a couple of mates. When we left we were all feeling a little lively and set off home ‘enthusiastically’.

I popped an epic wheelie through a 30mph limit in a village and we were all riding fast i.e. 80mph plus. Long story short is we didn’t know we were being followed by the police. We all got stopped and I have been summoned to court for dangerous driving and speeding.

I accept I was speeding but want to argue the wheelie was down to the fact I had a new powerful bike. I wasn’t used to it and it wasn’t my fault. Will this work? If I lose my licence I will lose my job as I’m an HGV driver.


Are you as enthusiastic about riding bicycles? I ask because that will be the only legal way you will be travelling on two wheels for a while. We have all done stupid things but do you really want to tell the court you were riding a motorbike that was too powerful for you to handle? Behave! It only makes you look even more dangerous.

A wheelie on a public road is classic dangerous driving as the manner of the riding falls “far below what would be expected of a competent and careful rider” Doing it through a village only aggravates matters. My advice is man-up, accept you have been a muppet and start looking for a new job as a minimum of a 12 month ban is coming your way.

Andrew ‘Chef’ Prendergast

Motorcycle Monthly March 2016

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Posted by Andrew Prendergast. Last modified: March 23, 2018 at 4:50 pm

Andrew has been riding motorcycles since he was 10 years old and currently rides a ZZR1400 as his daily commuter whether it is sunny or snowing. In addition, he is currently restoring an old Honda CB750 K1. Andrew practices across all areas of motorcycle law, with his practice involving both civil claims and motoring defence work.


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