Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Growing Worry of Born-Again Bikers

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Growing Worry of Born-Again Bikers

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Byline: By Robert Brooks

BORN-again bikers are putting lives at risk on rural roads, posing a greater threat than boy racers.

New police figures show mature bikers are more likely to be involved in road accidents than younger riders.

The phenomenon of the Born Again Biker has emerged as an increasing number of well-off middle-aged enthusiasts rediscover their passion for motorbikes, which has often lain dormant since their teenage years.

With more time and money on their side, many have now found they can afford the machines they once dreamed of.

But with a whole new series of superbikes available - some capable of reaching almost three times the national speed limit - the craze has sparked alarm in police forces across the North.

Of 63 serious accidents recently recorded by Cumbria Police, 39 involved bikers in the 31-60 age bracket, compared to just 24 for those aged between 20 and 30. Nine people were killed. "Many of the serious accidents are down to excessive speed and bikers pushing their machines to the limits while perhaps not having the greatest amount of experience," said Mike Smith, of Cumbria Police. …

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