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Bike theft

There was a spot of good news recently when it was revealed that for the first time in years, 2023 saw a small dip in the number of motorcycles, scooters and mopeds stolen in England and Wales. Read the blog...

 


Rural riding

Bikers looking for some dramatic scenery to ride through this summer would be well advised to take a tour of Scotland, which offers some truly stunning riding through a breathtaking landscape. Read the blog...

 


Avoid the pillion pitfalls...

One of the many questions we’ve been asked recently by young riders is, ‘can I carry a passenger on my motorbike, scooter or moped? Read the blog...

 


Ready for the football this weekend?

National Young Riders Forum (NYRF) have launched a safety campaign for the Summer of Sport. Read the blog...


Ride to work day

Are you going to ride your motorbike to work on Tuesday, June 11 – or encourage your workforce to do so?

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Hazard spotting

Looking for some tips on safer city riding? Here’s a third tip on hazard spotting.

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To filter or not filter

Looking for some tips on safer city riding? Here’s another one filtering…

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Junction safety

Looking for some tips on safer city riding? Here’s a good one to start…

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A little game of... Part 2

We’re focusing on hazard awareness for our next couple of blogs, to try to boost young riders’ ability to spot potential dangers ahead.

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A little game of 'What if...?'

We’re focusing on hazard awareness for our next couple of blogs, to try to boost young riders’ ability to spot potential dangers ahead.

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Stay Street Smart this weekend

Staying street smart isn’t about wearing your best biker gear when you’re out riding.

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Getting on the bike again - Part four

If you are thinking of getting back on your bike this Spring after some time away, there are some golden rules to follow…

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Getting on the bike again - Part three

If you are thinking of getting back on your bike this Spring after some time away, there are some golden rules to follow…

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Rural roads and horses

The fact is rural roads offer a host of challenges that you’ll rarely come across if you’re riding in a city. In the next few blogs we’re looking at some of them, starting with – literally – the biggest: horses! Read the blog...

 


This Easter Weekend sees the clocks change

Some simple tips to help you keep safe as the days get brighter and lights

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Getting on the bike again - Part two

Thinking of getting back on your bike this Spring after some time away?

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Getting on the bike again

Thinking of getting back on your bike this Spring after some time away?

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How close is too close?

How close do you ride to the vehicle in front? Have you ever considered the distance between you and their exhaust?

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A little spot of spring cleaning

Let’s be honest: some of us (not me, obviously…) don’t much like riding our bikes in the winter.

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Fuel for thought...

One of the great things about riding a motorbike, moped or scooter is that, unlike your car driving mates, you are not as concerned by rising fuel prices as they are.

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Taking care on corners

Having good control of your motorbike, scooter or moped is vital at all times - but never more so than when cornering.

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New warnings over junction dangers

Did you know that 60% of motorcycle collisions occur at junctions – and in many cases, they occur when cars and vans emerge from side roads across our path, with the familiar lament of ‘sorry mate, I didn’t see you’ following close behind. Read the blog...

 


Top 10 tips for riding in snow and ice

It’s definitely a cold one out there - and it’s likely to stay that way for the rest of the week, all the way across the country. Read the blog...


 

Winter Chill

It’s cold out there tonight, and if the weather map on the TV news is right, the rest of January could be pretty cold, too. Read the blog...

 

 


Warning over rise in drug riding

There has been a big rise in road deaths linked to the use of illicit or medicinal drugs, new data from the DFT has found. Read the blog...

 


It’s Christmaaaaassss

Yes, Noddy, the Pogues and Mariah are monopolising the airwaves, you can’t move for German markets and mince pies are being consumed at 9am. It’s Christmas alright. Read the blog...

 


Effective biker helmets save lives

A global push to improve biker helmet use in poor and low income countries has prompted us to wonder whether our own biker helmet knowledge is up to date… Read the blog...

 


Biker Down

If you were the first on the scene of a crash involving a fellow biker, what would you do? Read the blog...

 


Potholes

The AA is advising riders to “avoid puddles" after a record month of breakdowns caused by potholes. Read the blog...

 

 


Winter rain

The first Christmas trees are up, the days are shorter and there is a distinct arctic chill in the air… yes, it’s the start of December, so winter’s definitely here! Read the blog...

 


Sir Isaac Newton

I bet Sir Isaac Newton would have been a great motorbike rider.

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One drink before riding

Bikers have been warned by the UK’s leading doctors’ association that risking ‘just one beer or glass of wine’ before they go riding could be a life-changing decision for all the wrong reasons.

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Brake Road Safety Week

Road safety charity Brake has a direct message to the UK’s biking community at this year’s Road Safety Week:  ‘Let’s talk about speed’.

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Don't be left in the dark over biker safety

Five top tips for riding safely as the clocks go back.

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Get a grip on tyre safety

October is National Tyre Safety Month – which is a great excuse for all motorcyclists to check their tyres.

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Fine to filter?

Clearing up confusion over the rights and wrongs of motorbikes filtering Read the blog...

 

 


The three big dangers for bikers this Bank Holiday weekend

Bank Holidays are the perfect occasion for getting the bike out and going for a long ride. Good weather, lovely countryside, open roads … what could be better? Read the blog...


Keeping safe at work

Do you use your motorbike, moped or scooter for the gig economy – delivering takeaway food to hungry customers’ homes, or for other urban deliveries?

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Selling in safety

Last week we offered you some suggestions on beating the bike fraudsters. Here we look at the other side of the sales equation: how can you make sure you sell your bike securely?

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Beating the bike fraudsters

Buying a new bike, scooter or moped should be fun – but what happens if you find your new bike is stolen or you’ve been the victim of fraud?

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Summer Clothing

There’s a nasty rash going round that affects poorly kitted out bikers at this time of year – and Boots and Superdrug don’t sell a cream for it.

It’s called road rash... Read the blog...

 


Security in London

Over 6,000 powered bikes are stolen in London every year... Read the blog...

 


Bike Skills

Why observation and anticipation are the keys to safe riding... Read the blog...

 

 


Help available for cleaning up your act as ULEZ extension date nears

With the deadline for the planned extension of the London Mayor’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) coming on fast...Read the blog...

 


'POWDER' Checks

Remember to do your 'POWDER' checks ahead of bank holiday riding. Read the blog...

 

 


How’s your eyesight?

Read about the 'Is Your Vision Roadworthy' campaign. Read the blog...

 

 


Keeping safe on the roads: It’s everyone’s responsibility

This week sees a series of events to mark Project EDWARD – the UK’s biggest campaign for showcasing best practice in road safety. Read the blog...

 


Interview with a London rider

Rob Beswick, 2 Wheels resident journalist, looks at what you need to know to get your CBT. Read the blog...


All you need to know about CBT

 

 

Rob Beswick, 2 Wheels resident journalist, looks at what you need to know to get your CBT. Read the blog...


Protective Clothing

Rob Beswick, 2 Wheels resident journalist, looks at what - and what not - to wear this season. Read the blog...


Love your tyres

Rob Beswick, 2 Wheels resident journalist, looks at why we should love our tyres. Read the blog...


Winter riding

Rob Beswick, 2 Wheels resident journalist, looks at what to be aware of when riding during winter. Read the blog...


Riding and Impairment

Rob Beswick, 2 Wheels resident journalist, looks at why you should never mix your riding with drink or drugs. Read the blog...


Comparing moped and cycle enabled crime

Colin Brown, MAG’s director of campaigns and political engagement, looks at the numbers behind moped and pedal cycle enabled crime - asking which poses a bigger problem in the Capital. Read the blog...


Flat lining - is road safety as good as it gets?

MAG’s Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Lembit Öpik, reviews the reality behind the accident statistics in the Untied Kingdom
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Safety in numbers

June saw the launch of an in-depth study by MAG into the phenomenon of safety in numbers when it comes to road safety.  Author of the report, MAG’s Director of Campaigns and Political Engagement Colin Brown looks at the implications from a riders rights perspective.
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An insight to the behaviour of London's riders

Simon Rawlings, 2WL resident blogger (and long time scooter rider), takes a look at the behaviours and attitude of London's riders.
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A rough guide to electric scooters

Simon Rawlings, 2WL scooter enthusiast, takes a quick look at retro styled electric scooters and finds out what is available (or soon to be) on the market.
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Silver Bullets

Anyone who has been riding motorcycles for any length of time will be familiar with the fact that it is not the safest way to get from A to B.  So why do we do it? Colin Brown, West Midlands Region Rep for the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) discusses the reasons...
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Highways England - take a bow

MAG’s Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Lembit Öpik, reports on what he calls ‘Britain’s most effective transport committee.’
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Flight jackets and combats - a look back at '80's scooter style

Scooter enthusiast Simon Rawlings takes a look at how scooter clothing has changed since the heyday of the 1980's scooter scene.
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Motorcycle safety clothing - everything you need to know

Road safety conscious instructors Graham Gardner and Mark Baker give you the low down on motorcycle safety clothing.
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A rough guide to 'retro' scooters

Scooter enthusiast Simon Rawlings gives his verdict on a range of twist and go retro style scooters available on the UK market.
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