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When what looks like insurance isn't

When what looks like insurance isn’t

12 Oct 2023

Before you think I’m wandering into fantasy land, this bizarre scenario is happening with enough frequency for me to note it.

Is recovery cover worth having?

Is recovery cover worth having?

28 Sep 2023

If you ride a complicated bike as most of us do and it breaks down it’s the AA, RAC, Greenflag, or whoever, time. Simple. Well, not so fast.

Visibility: the motorcyclist's biggest threat

Visibility: the motorcyclist’s biggest threat

31 Aug 2023

I hear strange justifications from drivers who knock motorcyclists off their motorcycles, but the common thread is the driver failed to see the biker.

Christmas trees and pumpkins...

Christmas trees and pumpkins…

06 Jul 2023

In November and early January I will get phone calls from those hardy souls who are still riding – the commuters and those whose bike is there only means of transport.

Saying 'sorry' doesn't mean you're guilty

Saying ‘sorry’ doesn’t mean you’re guilty

08 Jun 2023

It is an urban myth, kept alive by insurers, that you should never apologise at a collision.

Officer someone's ridden up my chuff...

Officer someone’s ridden up my chuff…

11 May 2023

It is an urban myth, with a solid core of truth, that if you ride into the back of another vehicle you have got some pretty major liability issues.

When the hospital makes things worse

When the hospital makes things worse

22 Mar 2023

In my line of work I have to deal with motorcyclists whose injuries have been potentially worsened by ‘sub optimal’ medical care, and this is a problem.

There are bad wheelies, and not so bad...

There are bad wheelies, and not so bad…

09 Feb 2023

Hoisting a controlled wheelie is really good fun. However, it is also illegal.

Bring the noise: horns, loud pipes & the law

Bring the noise: horns, loud pipes & the law

26 Jan 2023

Bikers of my vintage will remember the ‘Loud Pipes Save Lives’ patches from the 1980s, more often than not seen sewn onto a denim cut-off jacket.

What is the legal size of a motorcycle number plate?

What is the legal size of a motorcycle number plate?

05 Jan 2023

The standard British motorcycle number plate is about the size of a frying pan and looks rubbish.

Bad signage and diesel spills, who is responsible?

Bad signage and diesel spills, who is responsible?

08 Dec 2022

Consider these situations. You are riding along a decent A-road you do not know, you might be pressing on a bit but nothing too pacey when a bend in the road, with no chevrons or warning signs, develops into a nerve rattling vicious hairpin.

Whiplash injury and how the law deals with it

Whiplash injury and how the law deals with it

27 Oct 2022

Whiplash is a real injury – I’ve had it off road motorcycling and it’s given me tears and minor fractures in the cervical spinal area.

Insurance: the don't ask don't tell scenario

Insurance: the don’t ask don’t tell scenario

22 Sep 2022

On the proviso you buy your insurance as a consumer, or largely as a consumer – so if you have a trade policy this does not apply to you – the law is contained in the Consumer Insurance (Disclosure and Representations) Act 2012.

Planning to go to Europe? Know this...

Planning to go to Europe? Know this…

01 Sep 2022

As the dust settles on Brexit, it is becoming clearer that the touring British motorcyclist will have a few more issues to deal with Euro side.

How does no win no fee work?

How does no win no fee work?

21 Jul 2022

No win no fee arrangements for solicitors are a good thing for clients, less so for solicitors.

Fully comp & losing your no claims bonus

Fully comp & losing your no claims bonus

30 Jun 2022

If you are unlucky enough to write off your pride and joy it is an expensive thing.

SMIDSY: it's evolution not ignorance

SMIDSY: it’s evolution not ignorance

26 May 2022

If you are lucky you will not have had that heart stopping moment when a car moves into your path from behind apparently optional “give way” lines.

Dark visors, eye safety and the law

Dark visors, eye safety and the law

21 Apr 2022

The eye is the human’s primary sensory organ and it is uniquely vulnerable when it comes to riding motorcycles – a wasp hitting your eyeball at 40mph is a deeply unpleasant and potentially dangerous experience.

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