Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Riding Safe and Secure; Bikers Are Vulnerable to Accidents, Theft and Sky-High Insurance Premiums. Simon De Burton Explains How to Minimise the Risks

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Riding Safe and Secure; Bikers Are Vulnerable to Accidents, Theft and Sky-High Insurance Premiums. Simon De Burton Explains How to Minimise the Risks

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Byline: SIMON DE BURTON

IF YOU are tempted to take up riding a powered two-wheeler, you are probably aware of the benefits it could bring in terms of freedom, convenience and cost. But, like most would-be bikers, the problems of safety, security and insurance are likely to be at the forefront of your mind.

Safety

There is no denying that motorcyclists are a vulnerable species. It is a simple fact that if you are involved in an accident on a bike, your only protection will be the clothes you are wearing. Therefore, you should give even more thought to choosing the right kit than you do to choosing the machine.

Riding gear has come on leaps and bounds since the days of basic leather or waxed cotton jackets. The use of materials such as Kevlar, Gore-Tex and even titanium make modern motorcycle clothing warm, weatherproof and resistant to abrasion in the event of a spill. A look on the Scott Leathers International or Draggin' Jeans stands at the show will give you some idea of the huge range of clothing available which is both highly protective and fashionable.

A set of good quality equipment (armoured jacket and trousers, boots, gloves and a helmet) will probably set you back around [pound]500 but, with care, it will last for years and will provide you with a level of protection streets ahead of conventional garments.

Remember - it no longer has to be leather.

Training will also help you ride safer.

Even with a bike test under your belt, your first weeks on a motorcycle are going to be the most dangerous. You will still be familiarising yourself with riding the machine and not concentrating 100 per cent on what is going on around you. A course such as that offered by The Edge (see their stand at the show) will teach you how to anticipate danger, ride defensively and use the braking, acceleration and handling of the bike to best effect. You will learn how to read road surfaces and recognise and avoid the classic situations which cause the majority of motorcycle accidents.

Security

The freedom of two wheels is all very well - until someone steals your bike and relegates you to the bus stop or the Tube. …

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