Monday, 29 October 2012

Mondo Sahara is go - Austin Vince is off again!

Motorcycles and adventures


As you can see Austin is shy & retiring by nature

You may or may not have heard of Austin Vince, but if you haven't and you are into motorcycles, adventures and pushing the limits - your own and your bike's - then read on, you are in for a treat.

Austin has had an interesting life to say the least and after lots of adventures, is planning a new challenge, a trip across the Sahara.  Before leaving he swung by Wemoto last week to get all the essential parts which he would need to keep his and his team's bikes going on the way, and while he was here he made a little film of Wemoto, doing what it does best, getting him all the parts which he needed.

Read on for a bit more about Austin and his past and future adventures and check out his website if you fancy going with him one day! 

Thursday, 18 October 2012

French breathalyser law postponed

A breath of French air

Back in June we reported that the French were bringing in a new law which made it compulsory for nearly all drivers ( weirdly not moped drivers though who are exempt ) to carry a breathalyser kit with them at all times when out on their motorcycle or in their car.  The law making this compulsory was due to come into force a couple of weeks from now on the 1st of November, after which time drivers who were stopped and found not to be carrying a breathalyser would face an 11 Euro fine.

Stop press

However the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has announced that the introduction of this law has been postponed until March of next year which means that motorists will not now face fines until after that date if they are caught driving without a breathalyser kit on board.  

The French blood alcohol limit is lower than in the UK and the French government are trying to control the level of alcohol related accidents with this new law.

Saturday night, Sunday morning

The director of policy and research at IAM Neil Greig said:

"The new French rule is a genuine attempt to reduce the number of alcohol-related accidents. France's lower limit means it's very easy to be over the limit the morning after as well. As always, the best advice for road users is not to drink and drive at all."

Be safe be seen

If you are driving in France at the moment you are required to carry a high-visibility vest and a warning emergency triangle and have a GB sticker on your bike or a GB badged number plate.  You are also now required to carry two breathalyser kits, but you will not actually be fined as yet, if you are stopped and don't have one.

For more information about exactly what the breathalyser requirements are feel free to refresh your brain by looking back over our June article.

 Take a deep breath- French breathalyser law

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

RHL Weston Beach Race 2012

Life's a beach - but no sign of the Hoff!


Last weekend, 13th/14th October, saw that great event the RHL Weston Beach Race take place - as you might have already guessed from the name - on the beach at Weston-Super-Mare.  It was the 30th anniversary of this illustrious race and the weather did its 'golden October' thing and the sun shone on the sand despite dire weather warnings of rain and wind which didn't materialise. An estimated crowd of 65,000 came to watch the event over the weekend and it turned out to be an exciting series of battles. The riders were the usual eclectic mix of professionals and amateurs, all ready to take on the mighty dunes and shimmering sand of Weston beach. 

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

MEPs new rules for type-approved vehicles

New rules which the EP claim will make motorcycles greener and safer, were provisionally agreed by MEPs and Council negotiators in a meeting on 28th of September. They cover a wide range of vehicles including mopeds, scooters, motorbikes, ATVs and Quads, and aim to make the introduction of ABS brakes mandatory for all new type-approved vehicles over 125cc.

Monday, 15 October 2012


Sunday 14th October and Brighton welcomed motorcyclists from all over the UK to its sunny shores to go to Brightona!  Brightona is a brilliant charity event for motorcyclists, held on Madeira Drive by  Brighton Pier in support of the Sussex Heart Charity. It is always a great fun cheerful event and, despite bad weather warnings earlier in the week it was a beautiful day.  It was a feast for anyone who loves or is interested in motorcycles - you name it, it was there - here are a few photos of what was there on the day to remind you if you were there, or make you jealous if you weren't!  There was also great food, great merchandise and brilliant live music on various stages along Madeira Drive.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder?

Once upon a time in a land far far away there was an inventor who decided that he would challenge the big boys of motorcycle racing, take on Daytona international speedway and beat them at their own game, and yes, it did really happen!

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Reach for the stars

Last weekend, 7th October 2012, was the annual 'Stars at Darley' Race Meeting at Darley Moor. Darley Moor is in Derbyshire, located near the Peak District and, despite the rain which has been thrown our way in the last few weeks, the weather was, uncharacteristically perfect! Dan Kneen was back in action at Darley for the first time since 2005, in what proved to be a very successful outing for the Manxman.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

How to stay toasty on a bike all winter - part 3

How to prepare yourself if you are going to carry on riding all winter - what to wear and lifesaving tips on how to put your trousers on - can't really explain at this stage....!

If you are intending to keep on riding your motorcycle through the winter then, if you can, you should think about investing in some really good high performance cold weather motorcycle gear.  If you choose wisely it can make an enormous difference to your comfort and safety when riding in winter.  If you can't afford very expensive gear though don't worry there are some things you can do on a budget which will help as well - read on for some ideas...

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Deus Ex Machina - the driverless car

Is the driverless car the Deus Ex Machina which is lowered onto the stage to solve the mounting problem of road traffic accidents, too many cars, too many people a human race that's done too much, much too young ...or is it just another accident waiting to happen in the world of driving?  

Quietly - not with a bang but a whimper - the world moved one step further along the road to the future as the governor of California signed a bill last week which will allow 'self-guiding' cars on the roads of California from 2015.  That's only  three years time - yes it is really going to happen, the Total Recall Johnny Cab will soon be crossing the Rubicon and arriving in a town near you...

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

How to keep riding your bike all winter - part 2

How to prepare your bike if you are going to just ride on through those winter months. 

If you are one of that hardy breed who are determined to carry on riding all winter, there are a few things which are worth thinking about to make sure that you have a happy winter and stay safe on the road.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

True Heroes Racing

True Heroes racing is the first injured serviceman's motorcycle team. The team recently competed on 12th September 2012 at the Castle Combe circuit in Wiltshire and is going from strength to strength. Since then, the team has competed at Brands Hatch and Cadwell Park and is racing at Thruxton on October 6th, and then at Cadwell Park and Mallory Park on various dates in October. This is even more impressive a schedule when you consider that rider Lance Corporal Murray Hambro, who is a double amputee, only started his rehabilitation programme at Headley Court a few months ago.

Dan Kneen at Cadwell Park

Here's how Dan got on at Cadwell Park....

Dan Kneen was at Cadwell park for the Thundersport round on the weekend of 21st-23rd September. The good old english weather kept everyone guessing and the Friday test day started off grim and wet, but the weather improved over the weekend as the racing got under way.  Here's Dan's personal take on the events of that weekend: