Riding and drug use

We want to send a clear message to the young rider community: never ride after taking recreational drugs. The appeal comes after a new survey by IAM RoadSmart found that a fifth of young people believed it was okay to drive or ride after taking Class A drugs. Equally worrying, almost a third of respondents (30%)...

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Key checks to help keep you riding

Most motorbike breakdowns could be prevented if owners performed just a handful of basic checks before they set off on their ride. That’s the claim made by breakdown provider Start Rescue, after its data showed that half of all motorcycle breakdowns are due to the engines not starting or cutting out. Non-start issues, such as...

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Bike training in the future

Bike training in the future could be a much more hi-tech affair if trials of an innovative riding simulator prove successful. Devon & Cornwall Police has taken delivery of a new state-of-the-art motorcycle simulator, funded by the DfT and Vision Zero South West, which uses a real motorbike – a Honda CB500X – and custom software to...

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‘Ready to Ride?’

The National Young Rider Forum has launched a new social media campaign to support young riders this Spring. The campaign includes its ‘Ready to Ride?’ educational film, which details the steps that a young person needs to take if they are considering becoming a motorcyclist. Funded by The Road Safety Trust and Kent County Council,...

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Sportswear giant ticked off over bikers’ footwear

A major sportswear retailer has been heavily criticised after it ran an advert that showed motorcyclists badly dressed for riding. The ad for JD Sports featured professional stunt riders pulling tricks, and had them cruising the streets in trainers and jeans, despite such gear being inappropriate for motorcyclists. Concerns were raised as to how these...

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Drive Fast Die Young

A sobering and thought-provoking new documentary has been produced by the BBC, on the tragedy of young lives lost on the UK’s roads. Called Drive Fast Die Young it highlights the problems of young car drivers, but every one of its lessons and warnings can be attributed to young bike riders too. It covers the...

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Tired Riding

Have you ever ridden your bike and realised you are making a lot of silly mistakes – sloppy handling, poor positioning, not noticing potential hazards – and thought, ‘I’m just not on it today’ , and wondered why? Could be you are riding tired. It’s common for people to over-estimate their ability to function at...

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Better braking can save lives

A new campaign by the British Superbike School is targeting improving braking techniques among the nation’s riders. The campaign – which is directed at riders of all bikes, at all sizes and levels – comes after research highlighted that improving braking skills could help lower casualty figures. The ‘Brake for your Life’ campaign says that...

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New Hazard Perception Test

An exciting new project has been launched that could take the training and testing of new bike riders to the next level. The National Young Rider Forum is working on the development of a motorcycle-specific hazard perception test, to be tailored specifically to the needs of young riders. Currently, all riders looking to gain their...

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