12 May 2016
One of the fairly common accident scenarios I get is when riders overtake drivers who do something peculiar when the rider is alongside.
31 Mar 2016
Shoei and Bell,among other visor and helmet manufacturers have brought out ‘photochromatic’ or ‘reactolite’ visors, which darken in direct sunlight. I think this is a brilliant idea but, like conventional dark visors, is illegal if the visor tints to any appreciable degree in the sun.
10 Mar 2016
Spilt diesel is less of a problem for motorcyclists than it once was but the folklore of slippery roads still holds true.
11 Feb 2016
Like a lot of riders I have a bike-mounted camera, but can these cameras bite your backside if things go wrong?
12 Nov 2015
Doing my job gives me an unusual perspective on how motorcycle accidents happen and if there is a common thread, it is car drivers failing to perceive motorcyclists.
27 Aug 2015
In our north Atlantic climate we are not often bothered by temperatures which make regular riding gear too hot to wear. But on those rare scorching days when your bike kit boils you and you have a real risk of heat stroke, what does the law say about minimum protection levels?
16 Jul 2015
Most insurers have to compete hard on the headline premium, but the general rule is you get what you pay for.
26 Feb 2015
You march, jaw set and determined, into your local dealers. With a gimlet stare you demand your money back. You are then told to sod off. There are more urban myths and false expectations about what your consumer rights are than in just about any other field of law.
12 Feb 2015
Following a landmark House of Lords decision (Goodes v East Sussex  for law geeks) Parliament amended the Highways Act to place a duty upon Councils to control and manage ice and snow on the roads.
15 Jan 2015
As bike insurers constantly look to compete on price certain practices are coming through which the savvy Bike reader ought to know about.
20 Nov 2014
I would hope that the discerning readers of this column would not be prone to provocation on the roads, but with alarming frequency we get calls from clients who have responded emotionally to a dangerous situation and got themselves into some ugly fixes.
16 Oct 2014
Speeding, and being caught, are a constant problem. But what to actually do if you get the demand for driver’s details through the door?
14 Aug 2014
Do not fall for the oldest tricks in the book which are favoured questions, ‘Why do you think I stopped you?’ and ‘How fast were you going’. Or the other great favourite, ‘Can you tell me what the speed limit is that you were riding through?’
17 Jul 2014
How you act when stopped by the police can sometimes determine the outcome. But not always. And avoiding a stop in the first place is always a good starting point.
17 Jun 2014
Attitude when dealing with any reasonably serious traffic offence is paramount. And a reasonable approach is equally important from both parties when the law comes into contact with the individual. Some time ago a police officer who was chasing me on an R100RT was livid at my riding. I hadn’t even registered him.
10 Jun 2014
You may well be part of the exodus of British motorcyclists who go to France to enjoy open roads, the food and the better weather. Enjoy it, but be aware of certain problems involved and how to avoid them…
22 May 2014
Mud represents a perennial hazard for motorcyclists but it is particularly bad during the sowing season on agricultural roads, and less so during the harvest season.
17 Apr 2014
Flip up helmets. Beloved of couriers, BMW owners, police riders and smokers. But what is the legal consequence of riding with your helmet flipped up? If you get stopped, pointing out that half the officer’s colleagues in the Met Police ‘Flipped up’ is probably not the best starting point…