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Women and Motorcycles

Posted by Kathryn Windmill on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
When you think about people who ride motorcycles what do you think about? Long hair, long beards, and leather? Do you think about macho men hanging out in dive bars playing pool and drinking beer? These are typically the images that are portrayed to us as your typical biker. However, people from all walks of life, race, and even sex encompass motorcycle riders. That is right guys; women can also be avid motorcycle riders. For those women that chose to be part of the motorcycle culture it is e...

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Motorcycle Rider Experience

Posted by Liz Francis on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
There's lots of information out there that gives advice on how to choose your first motorcycle and choosing motorcycle gear when you're just starting out. I have my own opinions about that as well, but I'm not here to talk about that. I'm here to talk about what experts don't, what it's like to be a novice rider.



First, I'll admit that I bought a bike before I took the MSF class. (I have friends that bought new bikes before the course and the decision didn't always work out well) I bought a 20...

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Women Motorcycle Riders

Posted by Kim Morgan on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
In the early 1900's William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson did some experimenting with electric bicycles and created the first motorcycle. This invention changed the world and was the catalyst for getting riding where it is today. Since then many with an adventuresome, free spirit that love to ride and see the world from the back of a motorcycle of their choosing have joined the ranks of riders. From that day those joining the ranks have not just been men but also women. Today women riders put...

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Maintaining motorcycle safety

Posted by Howard Trott on Friday, March 8, 2019, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
Riding a motorcycle rides skill and an overall awareness of what needs to be done in order to stay safe in every situation. There are a number of things that can be done to maintain a high level of motorcycle safety on each and every ride that one takes.



Motorcycle Safety Course

If you're a beginner in the world of riding motorcycles, or need a refresher course on safety and driving techniques, then a motorcycle safety course can benefit you. Safety courses provide you with the skills and knowl...

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Building motorcycle skills

Posted by Mike James on Friday, March 8, 2019, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
To be competent in any endeavor requires the development of specific skills, and motorcycle riding is no different. Of course, a lot of the skills needed for competent motorcycle riding can simply be obtained through conscientious practice. However, the skills needed to become proficient in motorcycle racing may require professional help. There are a number of areas that a motorcycle rider should develop skill whether they are doing it on their own or with a trainer.



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Motorcycle shipping services

Posted by Mark Mace on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
If you want to avail of motorcycle shipping services, look for one who knows not only to deliver your motorcycle on the designated date and place, but also one who knows how to take care of it. You wouldn't like for your motorcycle to have scratches on it and some dents during transit.



Motorcycle shipping is now made easy and convenient with the many businesses that now provide such services. There are a lot of service providers for motorcycle shipping, but you should get one, which you can tr...

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Your first motorcycle

Posted by Tim Jones on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
Have you been smitten by the motorcycling bug? Have you seen that shiny new GSXRNINJACBRR1 going by in a blur and wished that was you? Thinking about buying your first motorcycle? There are lots of considerations to take into account.



A very important aspect of buying your first bike is the price. Many new motorcycles cost well over $10,000.00. Some premium models such as Ducati's and Harley-Davidsons can fetch over $20,000.00. Even if money is not a problem for you, it's probably not such a g...

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Safety tips for motorcycle riding

Posted by Jenny Carson on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
Although many find motorcycles appealing, there are also those who fear it. This is because of the danger associated with riding the machine. Just like riding a bike, learning how to control it can be very tough. Although it becomes easier as you find your balance, it can still cause scratches and minor injuries.



Danger is not only exclusive for new riders. There are several accidents involving experienced riders. Accidents on the road happen because of various reasons. One is the lack of visi...

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Selling your Motorcycle

Posted by Alfred Smith on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
Motorcycles for sale' this banner attracts many eyes and turns many heads. As in this busy life person prefer to have that could go out of traffic easily without any hassle. To avoid traffic jams on roads people prefer to have a motorcycle rather than a car. Placing an ad needs some skills and some little tricks to get the better the price.



At first make your mind you have to sell the motorcycle. At the time you get bored with your motorcycle or do not want it any more, the place way to get ri...

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When to use a Parcel Motorcycle Couriers

Posted by Martin Ford on Thursday, January 17, 2019, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
For most of the time most businesses will never need anything more than to use a normal parcel courier for delivering their parcels, as even most urgent delivery requirements can be covered by a next day parcel service.



However occasionally you may find that you have a parcel that just has to get to your customer the very same day. It could be an essential part that they need, or just some urgent documents. Now if the parcel is of a large size and it has to be transported several hundred miles...

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Choosing motorcycle tyres

Posted by Alex Davis on Saturday, October 27, 2018, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
The performance of a motorcycle is one of the most important attributes when it comes to riding. Sitting side by side with safety, of course. The increase that a tyre could provide in both areas will sky rocket. Think, two riders take their own route to the next city. Eventually each rider will explore a different terrain. Wouldn't each need to be equipped for their own riding pleasure? Traveling down two lane roads all the way to the off-roads, everybody who owns a motorcycle needs to know h...

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Motorcycle Industry

Posted by Gordan Brand on Saturday, October 27, 2018, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
There is a high chance you might find more motorcycles on the road as compared to other vehicles in the very near future. The motorcycle is one of the largest forms of transportation in Asian countries while fast gaining popularity worldwide due to its efficiency and ease of use.



A motorcycle is a single track, two wheeled vehicle for transportation purposes. There are several reasons which give motorcycles the nod over other types of vehicles. Motorcycles are widely used because of their mobi...

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Motorcycle Safety

Posted by Dave Morris on Saturday, October 27, 2018, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
Motorcycles have always been a thrilling and efficient way to get around. Since its invention in 1867, the two-wheeled machine has memorized thousands upon thousands of people. It has been used by some for daily transportation and others as a weekend hobby.



Motorcycle Development

In 1867, Sylvester Howard Roper's invention called the motorcycle featured a two-cylinder steam-engine that was powered by coal. By 1885 Gottlieb Daimler used a wooden bike frame to produced the first ever gas powered ...

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Safe Motorcycle Riding

Posted by Helen Jones on Saturday, October 27, 2018, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
Never drive if you are not a licensed motorcycle driver. This is first, and foremost in my list of safe motorcycle riding practices. You see, when you are a licensed driver, one way or the other, you must have gone through the necessary trainings and tests to ensure that you are qualified to drive a motorcycle.



Here's a rundown of my motorcycle-riding safety tips:

1. No license, no driving.

2. Wear a motorcycle helmet every time you ride a motorcycle, either as the driver or as the passenger.

3. ...

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Motorcycle stunt riding

Posted by Sian Murry on Saturday, October 27, 2018, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
Motorcycle Stunt Riding is banned on the open roads in United States and you can be put behind the bars for trying one. Still the activity is gaining popularity day by day in both United States and Great Britain.



When you are planning to buy a used motorcycle, make sure to find out whether the motorcycle was used for stunt purposes. Stunting can inflict heavy blows to the transmission, the engine, the shocks and suspension. Therefore, you have to be careful and check for signs of stunt activit...

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Using motorcycle jacks

Posted by Dave Harding on Saturday, October 27, 2018, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
If you are one of many motorcycle enthusiasts who enjoy working on bikes, then consider buying a motorcycle jack. It's one of the most important tools to have the garage in order to safely work on motorcycles.



A motorcycle jack is a smaller version of a regular jack used for fixing cars or trucks, but motorcycle enthusiasts are always warned not to use regular jacks on their bikes. These jacks are made up of crisscrossing metal which can be rolled under the center of a motorcycle. The upper pa...

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Vintage Motorcycles

Posted by Mark Lucas on Saturday, October 27, 2018, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
Motorcycles were first introduced in the later half of 19th century. Since the invention, motorcycles have become one of the most popular and common means of transportation. Vintage motorcycles are the earlier models of motorcycles which were manufactured after the First World War.



Vintage motorcycles are all time passion of bike riders and speed lovers. Apart from being a passion, some ardent rider also collects and preserves vintage motorcycles as treasures. The Japanese, British, Europeans,...

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Electric Motorcycles

Posted by Martin Ford on Saturday, October 27, 2018, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
The motorcycle was introduced in the latter half of the 19th century. Since then this has been the most common and popular means of transport. An electric motorcycle is a two-wheeled vehicle powered by battery and is the latest innovation in the motorcycle industry.



Basically, electric motorcycles can be classified into two; power-on-demand motorcycles and power-assist motorcycles. Earlier, electric motorcycles were used only for races. With the introduction of electric motorcycles for general...

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Protect your motorcycle with GAP insurance

Posted by Sue Willis on Saturday, October 27, 2018, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
Imagine you just purchased a brand new Suzuki GSX-R1000 motorcycle two months ago, and it was stolen right before your eyes as you were eating in your favorite restaurant. Not to worry, you are fully protected by the full coverage motorcycle insurance policy your motorcycle lender required you to get. Right?



In most cases, not exactly, if you look into the details of the motorcycle insurance policy you purchased. The reason is that most full coverage motorcycle insurance policies will cover fo...

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Staying alert on the road

Posted by Frank Nolan on Friday, October 5, 2018, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
If you do courier work you'll be driving for a large part of every day you spend at work. Your workplace is comprised of the roads in your particular area. Even though you may know them well, you won't necessarily be the safest driver to use them.



However there is a lot you can do to ensure you stay as safe as possible and remain alert the whole time you are behind the wheel. If you want some tips in this respect keep reading - you might learn a thing or two!

Drink little and often 

You'll no do...

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Motorcycle Safety

Posted by Chris Foster on Thursday, September 20, 2018, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
Motorcycles have always been a thrilling and efficient way to get around. Since its invention in 1867, the two-wheeled machine has memorized thousands upon thousands of people. It has been used by some for daily transportation and others as a weekend hobby.



Motorcycle Development

In 1867, Sylvester Howard Roper's invention called the motorcycle featured a two-cylinder steam-engine that was powered by coal. By 1885 Gottlieb Daimler used a wooden bike frame to produced the first ever gas powered ...

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Becoming a Courier

Posted by Sarah Arrow on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
There are many businesses that rely on couriers every day. From delivering an Elephant to an envelope, it's all delivered by a truck. Many people like the feeling of the peace of mind that a courier can give them when delivering their goods.



Can anyone become a courier? There are some things that people should know if they are thinking would like to become a courier. Many companies require that the couriers that they hire be of at least the age of 18. Some ask that you are over 25 for insuranc...

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Motorbike Helmets

Posted by John Harris on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
Motorcycles are becoming increasingly popular with the current economy today. They have the ability to navigate through traffic fast, costs less, and is very easy to store. For these reasons, the motorcycle is a choice that many decide to go with. When you decide to get a motorcycle, the most important thing is the helmet. There are numerous reasons why the helmet is important.



The first obvious reason for owning a helmet is for head protection. Getting a motorcycle helmet is significant due t...

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The purpose of motorcycle boots

Posted by Harold Simme on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
Motorcycle boots are used much frequently these days. Motorcycle is an invention of man that is used like any other need. It has become a need for human beings to depend on these inventions for an easy way of living. Motorcycle is used by people for transport purposes; rather than as a means of comfort it has been become a basic necessity for human beings to possess vehicles.



Ever since the invention of the motorcycle there has been a lot of changes and it has evolved over the years to be what...

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The importance of using a motorcycle cover

Posted by Robert Walker on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
Motorcycle covers are an often overlooked alternative to keeping your motorcycle in a garage or under larger cover. Whilst they are not as ideal due to a lack of airflow, and keeping in condensation (although this is relieved by higher quality breathable and waterproof contemporary materials) they are still great at protecting your motorcycle from the elements.



Even if you do have a garage, then fitting a motorcycle cover will protect from elements inside your garage, such as dust, dirt and in...

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Evolution of the motorcycle

Posted by Sam Smeeton on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
While the invention of the Motorcycle is subject to great debate and contention even today, what is certain is that its evolution is both impressive and fun to look at. From the early steam models and gas powered predecessors, to today's high performance designs, the journey of the Motorcycle's development is a testament to man's ingenuity and skill.



The idea of a two wheeled motorized vehicle appears to have occurred to multiple people at around the same time. Hence, there is a multitude of d...

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Choosing the right motorcycle lift

Posted by Sam Miller on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
If you´re in the market for a motorcycle lift these a couple simple things you should know. I will be discussing the use of a motorcycle jack which has wheels and is portable so you can move it around the garage. A motorcycle lift table is a large hydraulic table, and both wheels of the motorcycle sit on the table. Most hobby mechanics will be using a personal motorcycle lift, also known as a motorcycle jack. If you need it to store your bike for the winter, restore the motorbike that has be...

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Motorcycle Kits

Posted by Steve King on Sunday, September 9, 2018, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
Complete motorcycle kits are just what they sound like - kits with all the parts you would need to build a motorcycle.  A few extra bits and pieces in case you lose a screw or two may also be included, but basically everything inside the box will be used to make one single vehicle - wheels, engine, drive belts and chains, frame, seat, fork, handlebars, and electrical parts, they are all in there.  The question that needs asking is, therefore, why offer motorcycles in kit form?  Isn't it bette...

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Motorcycle Riders Clubs

Posted by Nancy White on Monday, September 3, 2018, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
According to Wikipedia, a motorcycle club is a group of people who have a common interest in motorcycles. Motorcycle clubs are enterprises operating legally, mostly for fun and charity. However, there are those that are outlawed, usually referred to "Onepercenters" because they are estimated to be one percent of the motorcycle population. American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), the umbrella body of motorcycle clubs, currently has 1200 charted clubs under its wing and counting.



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How to clean a motorcycle

Posted by Ashley Lloyd on Monday, September 3, 2018, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
Why clean your motorcycle?

If you have paid good money for your motorcycle it is always important to make sure it looks its best. Why would you want to spend loads of money on a motorcycle just to let it go tatty and look dirty? If you are wanting to sell your motorcycle then making it look "spick and span" is a great way to catch a potential buyers eye and could even increase the value or what the buyer is willing to pay. Another great benefit of cleaning your motorcycle is can spot any fault...

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DOT Motorcycle Helmet Basics

Posted by Anne Curry on Monday, September 3, 2018, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
Let me start by telling you a little about myself and how I got into DOT Motorcycle Helmets. For the past five seasons I have been riding a motorcycle. I have a passion for riding and would like to ride for the rest of my life...in order to do so, I want to be as safe and protected as I can...while still being able to enjoy the ride.



So five years ago...before even purchasing my first street motorcycle at the age of 34...I bought a full set of gear. Now I'm not talking about just a helmet and ...

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Taking Care Of Your Motorcycle

Posted by Erik Bjornstad on Saturday, August 18, 2018, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
There's nothing like riding a motorcycle on the open road. For most of the world, the motorcycle or 2-wheel scooter is the most common form or motorized transportation available.



Around 200 million motorcycles are in use worldwide and almost 60% of these are in Asia or the Far East - China and India both have over 35 million motorcycles and motorized scooters in use. Contrast this to the United States where the car is dominant. In fact, world's largest producer of 2-wheel vehicles isn't Harley...
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Advantages of a Motorbike Track Day

Posted by Amy Hall on Friday, August 17, 2018, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
If you're a motorcyclist, you are familiar with the thrill you experience being in your own world, on a completely empty and winding road, enjoying a smooth ride. As a rider, you take a lot of risks riding on the streets and public access roads where there are possibilities of things going wrong. Potholes, vehicles, and a lot of other obstacles are all working against you. There is also the possibility of being pulled over, for trying to enjoy a good ride! However, you still love that feeling...
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Finding low cost motorcycle insurance

Posted by Marvin Woods on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
We are all aware of the great thrills of riding a bike, and how exhilarating it can be. It doesn't have to be a powerful motorcycle, such as a sport bike or a cruiser, you can have a lot of fun riding a small moped, too. But, when you own a bike, you have a lot of responsibilities, as well. The first thing you should do after you buy a bike, is purchase motorcycle insurance, which will protect you in case you get involved in an accident. Insurance costs are different for different types of mo...

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Spartan Motorcycle Couriers

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, July 7, 2018, In : Spartan Motorcycle Couriers 
Spartan Motorcycle Couriers is the very best motorcycle courier service that money can buy.



Why are we the best ? 

  • All couriers are advanced motorcycle riders, so are highly skilled and trained riders.
  • Experienced at delivering items of every kind. From important documents to valuable items.
  • Motorcycle couriers are SIA security licenced, so are very security minded and know how to transport items safely.
  • Use high performance well maintained motorcycles, equipped with Satellite Navigation.
  • Stay cal...

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Norton Motorcycles

Posted by Alan Liptrot on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
James Lansdowne Norton, the father of the company, began the story in 1898 with a factory that made cycle chains in Birmingham, UK, but by 1902 he was importing engines from Switzerland and France.



To create his own motorcycles, and success followed quickly with a Norton ridden by Rem Fowler winning the twin-cylinder class at the first Isle of Man TT race. This was the start of Norton's long lasting love affair with racing, which didn't end until the 1960's. The prize that everyone coveted was...

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Motorcycle Protective Clothing

Posted by Michael Holmes on Monday, May 14, 2018, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
There is some great looking motorcycle clothing on the market these days, but believe me not all of the motorcycle clothing offers as much protection as you think. In Europe, for motorcycle clothing to be lawfully sold as “safety clothing, it has to pass a series of European standards, which are pretty lengthy but are available on my website. The standards cover the clothing’s performance in abrasion, tearing and impact tests, and when they have passed; they are sold with the CE mark. How...

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Motorcycles in the military

Posted by Alan Liptrot on Monday, May 14, 2018, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
The speed and manoeuvrability of motorbikes has been a huge asset to armed forces throughout the world, with Harley-Davidson, Triumph and BMW all playing their part. 



The other day, I took the chance to watch again that fantastic movie ‘The Great Escape’. As I watched Bud Ekins take the place of Steve McQueen, to jump the wire fence on his Triumph, I began to wonder about the role of the motorcycle during wartime, so I did a little reading and was surprised to find that motorcycles have pl...

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Buying your dream motorcycle

Posted by Kay Zetkin on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
For motorcycle enthusiasts, it could really be heaven’s gift if motorcycles come from packages delivered by the storks… This is the kind of fantasy for those wishing hard for a baby. And indeed, once you have your dream motorcycle, we doubt if anything would prevent you from considering it as your baby. But the point of this is that, you have to go over the tough decision of buying your dream motorcycle.



So how do you go about this business and get the greatest deal and bargain of your lif...

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Royal Enfield Motorcycles

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, May 5, 2018, In : British Motorcycles 
Through necessity, and in common with most other engineering companies of the day, Enfield didn’t restrict themselves to one line. They also made lawnmowers, bicycles and rifle parts for a Small Arms factory in Enfield. A clue lies in their logo which depicts a cannon, which I have to say, is infinitely better than a lawn mower. Their motto of ‘Made like a gun, Goes like a bullet’ is also evidence of their military involvement. In 1907, the company joined forces with a business with the...

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Institute of Advanced Motorists

Posted by Howard Trott on Thursday, May 3, 2018, In : Advanced Motorcycle Riders 
The United Kingdom is the home base for the Institute of Advanced Motorists, otherwise known as IAM. This charity based organization serves to improve the riding standards for drivers of automobiles and motorcycles. The organization’s focus is to create better safety on the roadways by controlling the systems of automobiles and motorcycles.



The History of the Institute of Advanced Motorists

IAM was created in March of 1956, but the organization has expanded greatly since this time. The most r...

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Reliable motorcycle courier service

Posted by Howard Trott on Thursday, May 3, 2018, In : Motorcycle Couriers 
Are you looking for reliable motorcycle couriers to deliver your packages? Are you looking for timely delivery that ensures your deliveries stay intact? This is what you get when have a good motorcycle courier looking after your requirements. Getting a good courier service is important to have peace of mind. You do not want to end up with damaged goods, or missed timelines when you courier important documents or packages. Prompt service, backed by efficient technology is what you get when you...

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Checking a motorcycle battery

Posted by Howard Trott on Friday, April 27, 2018, In : Motorcycle Maintenance 


With the battery removed, inspect the condition of the anti-vibration padding inside a battery carrier. Check the rubber padding inside the battery carrier. Check the rubber padding for damage, hardening of the rubber or bits missing. If this padding is damaged, the battery will rattle around inside the carrier, leading to vibration of the internals, and a shortened battery life.

Place the battery on a flat and safe surface and look at the liquid levels. They should all be above the LOWER LEVE...
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Motorcycle Service schedule

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, March 17, 2018, In : Motorcycle Maintenance 
It is essential that you follow the schedule in the owners or workshop manual for your motorbike. The manufacturer will have devised a schedule specific to the mechanical characteristics of the machine, it's performance and intended use, thus ensuring that the machine can be kept in tip-top condition.



Service intervals are usually expressed in terms of distance covered ( miles or kilometres ) and time. Follow the mileage or months ( whichever comes first ). Note that extending the times/mileag...
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Dedicated Motorcycle Couriers UK

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, March 17, 2018, In : Dedicated Motorcycle Couriers 
We are a trustworthy Warrington based motorcycle courier company. For when you need a motorbike courier you can trust to deliver your goods on time.



You should also expect someone who will not only deliver the goods, but be RELIABLE, PROFESSIONAL and SECURE. Contact us to discuss how we will help deliver your goods to support your business. No matter how big or small, near or far call us to discuss your requirements now.

By entrusting us with your goods we will be an extension to your business,...

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Sameday Courier Service

Posted by Howard Trott on Monday, February 26, 2018, In : Same Day Courier Service 
Same Day Courier Service

In order to achieve success in the same day courier world, you need to be able to offer a fast and efficient delivery service. Clients are no longer happy to wait days to receive their order. They want it within twenty four hours or as proven to be the case the very same day.



When it comes to choosing the delivery method of your documents or packages, you need to weigh up the pros and cons of same day couriers and next day delivery companies, ensuring they tick all of t...

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Riding your motorcycle at night

Posted by Howard Trott on Sunday, February 25, 2018, In : Motorcycle Riding Skills 
When riding your motorcycle during the day, all the rider needs to use are the indicator or signal lights to show where he or she is turning, whether to the left or to the right. It is only when it gets dark, then the rider will have to switch on the headlight and tail light in order that the rider can see properly and also be seen by other road users.



An responsible rider should regularly check to make sure that all these lights are working for own safety and also for the safety of other road...

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Medical Motorbike Couriers

Posted by Howard Trott on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, In : Medical Courier 
Medical Supply Motorbike Couriers

Spartan Motorcycle Couriers are known as an established leader in the field of transporting medical supplies and samples. Offering fast, reliable, Same Day and Next Day delivery all over the UK. Using high performance motorcycles and advanced motorcycle riders, Spartan Motorcycle Couriers provide a second to none motorcycle courier service.



Spartan Motorcycle Couriers are a recognised market leader in providing a fast, secure, motorcycle courier service for a r...

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Legal Motorcycle Couriers

Posted by Howard Trott on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, In : Legal Motorcycle Couriers 
Spartan Motorcycle Couriers provide a same day document delivery service for legal clients, you have the benefit and peace of mind of knowing that the motorcycle courier who collects your documents will be the courier who delivers them. No depots, nothing else to be delivered on board. We simply provide a first class dedicated motorcycle courier service. The safety and integrity of your work is always our number one priority. Using the Spartan Motorcycle Couriers dedicated same day document d...

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Group motorbike riding

Posted by Howard Trott on Friday, January 12, 2018, In : Motorcycle Riding Skills 
While group motorbike ride-outs can be a fun leisure activity, safety should always be the rider’s first priority. 



Passing

Before passing a vehicle, ensure there is ample space and visibility. Keep an eye out for debris in the road, excessive wind, and other vehicles’ mirrors to avoid hitting them. Motorcyclists should always pass in the centre of the lane to avoid other vehicles’ blind spots.

Appoint a Road Captain

This person should direct the group of bikers and organise the trip. They ...

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The best motorcycle courier service

Posted by Howard Trott on Sunday, January 7, 2018, In : Motorcycle Couriers 
Established in 2010 Spartan Motorcycle Couriers are becoming one of the North West's leading courier companies.



We pride ourselves on providing a friendly, professional and helpful motorcycle courier service at all times. Based in Warrington, we are ideally located to serve North West England and North Wales, offering a range of courier services tailored to meet your needs.

Whether you are looking for a bespoke same day courier service where the same rider will collect and deliver your parcel/g...

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Planning Your Route UK

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, January 6, 2018, In : Motorcycle Touring 
You can reach your destination by motorcycle with the help of Google maps to give you a detailed route for your journey. 



Alternatively, you can use GPS co-ordinates, using devices such as Garmin, TomTom and Navman. I still use my Tom Tom Rider 2nd Edition which I've had for many years and is still working well. Updating your device often is recommended as places and routes are changing all the time.

Treat every route with caution as some may have congested areas and Toll roads. So putting the ...

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Healthcare and Medical Couriers

Posted by Howard Trott on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, In : Medical Courier 
Healthcare & Medical  Motorcycle Courier Service North West England & UK



SPARTAN MOTORCYCLE COURIERS can make deliveries to hospitals, medical centres, clinics and long term care facilities with speed and accuracy. Our Medical Motorcycle Courier Services are flexible to meet the ever changing demands of the Healthcare Industry.

We value each delivery knowing what's at stake

Available 24 hours, 7 days, 365 days a year

No matter what time of the day or night you call, you always get a live voice

Lab...

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Same Day Couriers North West England

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, December 23, 2017, In : Same Day Courier Service 
Spartan Motorcycle Couriers has the perfect solution for all urgent documents, fragile items or valuable items. We will provide a dedicated motorcycle courier service and deliver direct to the delivery address, your goods will not be passed from motorcycle to motorcycle making it the quickest most secure service in the market. We can normally collect any urgent deliveries within the hour ensuring our fullest attention at all times.



All motorcycle are fitted with the latest sat nav systems maki...

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Transportation of cremated ashes from Wrexham to Staffordshire

Posted by Howard Trott on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, In : Cremated Remains Courier 
Had a call from Pentrebychan Crematorium in Wrexham who wanted fast, secure transportation of cremation ashes to John Short Funeral Directors in Staffordshire.



Made all the necessary arrangements over the phone then got my gear together. A word of advice to anyone thinking of becoming a motorcycle courier. Make a check-list of what you need to take with you on a job. Keep the list somewhere handy, so when you get your gear together you won't forget anything. Nothing worse than being on a long...
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Braking on a motorcycle

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, December 9, 2017, In : Motorcycle Riding Skills 
Many of us start riding bicycles as youngsters and are either taught, or quickly learn that heavy use of the front brakes can either result in the front wheel skidding out of control, or grip so harshly that you end up being tossed over the handlebars. From this often stems a fear around the use of the front brakes on a bicycle, which will often naturally follow through to motorcycle braking.



Before I get into braking techniques, the most important aspect of a motorcyclists dependency on the b...

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Motorcycle Courier Service North West England

Posted by Howard Trott on Friday, November 24, 2017, In : Motorcycle Couriers 
Need an Urgent Delivery or Collection from the Warrington, Manchester, Stockport Area? Then give us a call or drop us an email. We supply the fact service needed to deliver from one end the country to the other.



Whether you require Same Day or Next Day service. We simply supply the Professional Service which meets your requirements. Dedicated Motorcycle Couriers in the Warrington, Manchester, Stockport region, and through their dedication and attention to detail, Spartan Motorcycle Couriers ha...

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24 Hour Motorcycle Courier Cheshire

Posted by Howard Trott on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, In : Motorcycle Couriers 
When we first opened our doors for business, we saw a gap in the market for a reliable 24 hour motorcycle courier service in Warrington and Manchester. Since then, we’ve expanded our operation and we now have a nationwide courier network, but we tend to focus our efforts on the North West England region.



We’re currently living in an age where nothing seems to sleep and that definitely extends to the business world. All areas of manufacturing operate 24 hours a day. Ships and aircraft arriv...

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NHS Motorcycle Couriers Manchester

Posted by Howard Trott on Monday, November 20, 2017, In : Medical Courier 
Spartan Motorcycle Couriers have partnered with numerous NHS organisations throughout the UK to provide them with a fast, secure, temperature-controlled solution. We continually exceed our customer’s requirements and have worked with them to develop bespoke solutions. Given out unique approach, our unrivalled medical delivery service has permanently exceeded our customer’s expectations as we treat every sample with immense care and urgency.



We choose to deliver to NHS organisations, ensuri...

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Some petrol saving tips

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, November 18, 2017, In : Motorcycle Petrol Saving Tips 
One of the simplest things to do and something that is often overlooked is to ensure your tyre pressures are correct and in line with the manufacturers guidelines. As a positive consequence this also improves the bikes handling characteristics and makes you feel happier and more comfortable on the bike.



Ensuring your bike is regularly serviced and well maintained can make quite a difference to the economic properties of the motorcycle. A poorly set up machine will certainly use more fuel.

Smoot...

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Advanced motorcycle rider course

Posted by Howard Trott on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, In : Motorcycle Riding Skills 
Advanced Rider Course



Taking an advanced motorcycle riding course is a good idea. It gives you added confidence and improves your riding skills. The benefits of attending a course in the UK are:
  • Gain confidence and skills
  • Possible cheaper insurance
  • Use your own motorcycle
  • Meet like-minded people
  • Gain full IAM membership
  • Improve on road anticipation
  • Appreciate your motorcycle’s full capabilities
  • Become a better rider in different environments
If you ride a motorcycle you already appreciate the sense o...

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Medical product motorcycle courier

Posted by Howard Trott on Sunday, November 5, 2017, In : Medical Courier 
Medical product courier 



Spartan Motorcycle Couriers are a major supplier of courier transport services to medical service companies.

From urgent blood samples to medication and medical instruments, Spartan Motorcycle Couriers have the riders and motorcycles specially equipped to cope with transporting these delicate consignments across the UK. No matter what the medical instrument, we can offer a fast, safe, secure, motorcycle courier service. 

Our couriers are specially trained to care for the...

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Document delivery service

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, October 28, 2017, In : Document Delivery Service 
Document Motorcycle Courier Service



When you are in need of a reliable, cost-effective courier service for the transportation of sensitive documents, Spartan Motorcycle Couriers is your solution.

Our team of highly trained and experienced transportation specialists understand that document delivery requires punctuality and professionalism. All of Spartan Motorcycle Couriers staff are advanced motorcycle riders, SIA security licenced and insured, and the documents our riders collect will remain ...

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Cleaning your motorcycle

Posted by Howard Trott on Thursday, October 26, 2017, In : Motorcycle Maintenance 
Whether you own a custom cruiser or a sports bike, you'll want to keep your motorcycle away from commercial washing facilities and perform the cleaning ritual yourself. Those high-pressure hoses can damage bike parts, which are more vulnerable than mechanical parts in cars.



Be sure you find a shady spot to wash (and dry) your bike since the sun can create temperature differentials that harm paint and allow water to leave spots.

Assemble the following items as needed:

  • A bucket for soapy water
  • Soap...

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Storing your motorcycle

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, October 14, 2017, In : Motorcycle Maintenance 
Preparing a motorbike for long term storage sounds depressing. Motorcycles are made to be ridden, but that doesn’t mean circumstances won’t arise when you might have to leave your motorbike in the long term parking section of your garage or under a sheet. Here are some tips to assure it’s done properly.



Petrol and water mix about as well as, well, oil and water. Parking a motorcycle for an extended period of time with a tank half filled with gas is an invitation for condensation form. Th...

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Protecting your motorcycle while it's parked on the street

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, October 14, 2017, In : Motorcycle Security 
Leaving a motorbike on the street isn’t ideal, but if you have to do it there are a few motorbike security options to choose from that can deter an attack from thieves.



The number one rule of all motorbike security is that the more time a thief has to spend defeating security, the less likely they are to attempt a theft.

Hardened chains and closed shackle locks

If you are leaving the bike near your home, then I seriously recommend the Almax Immobiliser or Pragmasis chains. Case hardened 16mm+ ...

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Christine Firehock ( Motorcycle Instructor USA )

Posted by Howard Trott on Friday, October 13, 2017, In : Female Motorcycle Riders 
As a fourth generation female motorcyclist, Christine began her road riding career at age 16 in 1980. At 21 Christine joined her mother as a motorcycle instructor at the American Motorcycle Driving School, Inc.



As an instructor for beginner, intermediate and advanced motorcycle riders of all riding types and riding styles, Christine’s certifications include Certified Harley-Davidson RidersEdge Program Manager, Nationally Certified Harley-Davidson, RidersEdge Coach, Special VIP Trainer to Du...

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Geoff Duke

Posted by Howard Trott on Friday, October 13, 2017, In : Motorcycle Racers 
The 1950's are considered the Golden Age of motorcycle racing, and one man has a huge role in this – Britain’s Geoff Duke.



From his first Grand Prix race at the 1950 Isle of Man TT, to his final GP at the 1959 Nations Grand Prix at Monza, “The Duke” earned six World Championships, and amassed 33 GP victories.

Sadly, Duke passed away Friday, May 1, 2015, at the Elder Grange Nursing Home on the Isle of Man. Duke was 92-years old.

Duke, who in 1953 was awarded Officer of the Most Excellent ...

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Advanced motorcycle training and insurance

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, October 7, 2017, In : Motorcycle Training 
No matter how confident we are on our motorbikes, we could all benefit from additional post-test insight and advice from professional riders.



As well as helping to reduce fuel consumption and wear and tear to our motorcycles, advanced riding courses can prepare us for adverse road conditions and help riders to identify a potential danger on the road with enough time to avoid it.

Perhaps most importantly, advanced training can help motorcyclists maintain a strong visible presence on the road.

As ...

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Warrington Motorcycle Couriers

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, October 7, 2017, In : Motorcycle Couriers 
The fastest delivery solution



Warrington motorbike courier service from Spartan Motorcycle Couriers is a fast delivery service in Warrington for express documents, important packages and parcels. Our motorbike couriers in Warrington are reliable and responsive, they guarantee to give you the fastest possible collection and delivery times in the UK. We have experienced motorbike couriers available in Warrington to collect urgent letters, documents, legal papers and small packages at short notic...

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Female motorcycle couriers

Posted by Howard Trott on Thursday, October 5, 2017, In : Female Motorcycle Riders 
We have recently had two female riders working for us as motorcycle couriers. Jodie Mitchell recently helped us out for a week and Penny Jones has been helping us out since 2016 when she has holidays from her regular job. Both are excellent riders and have never let us down. I know both ladies will be reading this, so give yourselves a pat on the back. Gender shouldn't come into any working environment, if a woman can do the job she should be given the opportunity.



Penny Jones has been riding ...

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Multi-drop motorcycle courier UK.

Posted by Howard Trott on Thursday, October 5, 2017, In : Motorcycle Couriers 
Spartan Motorcycle Courier offer a dedicated multi-drop motorcycle courier service to customers in need of delivering a number of packages on the same day. Our multi-drop courier service can be provided as a one-off service or on-demand as a flexible service to help you cope with busy periods. 



Effectively we provide a dedicated motorcycle courier hire service so that you can have your parcels, packages, documents, samples delivered. Typically, this means that you can have deliveries to multip...

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Thanks Jodie Mitchell

Posted by Howard Trott on Thursday, October 5, 2017, In : Female Motorcycle Riders 
Would like to thank Jodie Mitchell for helping us out last week. She filled in the gaps over the busy period we had and showed herself to be a smart and very capable rider who has a way with the clients.



On her trusted GXSR 750, she delivered consignments to Scotland, Exeter, Birmingham to name a few. The deliveries were always ahead of time and delivered in all weather conditions. She never grumbled and just got on with it. 

Spartan Motorcycle Couriers has risen above all by fulfilling the nee...

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Riding your motorcycle in the rain

Posted by Howard Trott on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, In : Motorcycle Riding Skills 
Unfortunately, rain is unavoidable and while you’ll probably never relish the opportunity to go out on your bike when it’s hammering down, it’s not something you should be scared of.



And if you are fearful of it, it’s something that you should really work on because, as we mentioned, you’re going to have to do it at some point – that’s one of the downsides of riding a motorbike in the UK. The good news is that it’s not difficult; in fact it’s not even that different from ridi...

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Riding your motorcycle downhill

Posted by Howard Trott on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, In : Motorcycle Riding Skills 
Here are a few safety tips to help you stay in control of your motorcycle while riding downhill.



Distribute your weight

As you approach the top of the hill, slide back on the seat to place more of your weight at the back of the bike. This will help you maintain balance and lessen the weight on the handlebars, which will improve your steering. Reduce your speed. Just as when you are riding in a car, the force of gravity will increase your speed on the back end of a slope, meaning you won’t nee...

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Beryl Swain

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, September 30, 2017, In : Female Motorcycle Riders 
In 1962 Beryl Swain had the world at her feet. She was a beautiful and ambitious motorcycle rider with a bright future. She should have had a pioneering racing career but sadly she was born at the wrong time. On target to become one of the leading female lights in the world of motor racing Swain was unstoppable, until a decision to revoke her licence broke her biker’s heart. 



After a fruitless protest she hung up her leathers in the garden shed for the last time. Beryl Swain died in May 2007...

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Riding your motorcycle after your first crash

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, September 30, 2017, In : Motorcycle Riding Skills 
There comes a time in the life of every motorcyclist when he/she lost confidence after the first crash.



So what if you fell off from your motorcycle in front of other people. We all make mistakes. There is nothing to be embarrassed and most importantly, you don’t need to be afraid of riding again. You have been doing this for a long time, you can’t just give up, all because you fell off.

It is not right. You need to gain your self-confidence once again and get back on two wheels as soon as ...

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Barry Sheene

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, September 30, 2017, In : Motorcycle Racers 
Racing Career

Barry first started to race in 1968, winning his first races at Brands Hatch riding father Frank's 125 cc and 250 cc Bultacos. He became the British 125cc champion at age 20 in 1970. In 1971 riding an ex-works 1966 10-speed Suzuki twin, previously ridden by Stuart Graham he finished second in the 125 cc World Championship. His first Grand Prix win coming on that bike at Spa in Belgium, soon followed by a win on a 50 cc Van Veen Kreidler at Brno in Czechoslovakia, where he finishe...

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Dealing with road rage

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, September 30, 2017, In : Motorcycle Riding Skills 
We’ve all seen videos and heard stories from riders about a road-rage incident that ended up in the rider’s favour, with the wayward car driver getting well-deserved karma in some nasty form. But the reality is that those outcomes are by far the exception rather than the rule. Any road-rage incident you get into on your motorcycle against another vehicle is much more likely to turn out not in your favour. Here I have some common-sense techniques to help you reduce the chances of getting i...

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Filtering through traffic

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, September 30, 2017, In : Motorcycle Riding Skills 
So is it legal and is it safe?

Let's deal with the legal aspect first. There is a very fine line between filtering and lane splitting or undertaking. The latter is an offence which could see you in court and walking away with points, a ban or even a custodial sentence if it was considered to be dangerous enough.


 
Whilst there are no clear definitions of what is acceptable and what is not, there are several sections in the Highway Code which refer to overtaking. Let's mention the places you must...

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Buying motorcycle boots

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, September 30, 2017, In : Motorcycle Accessories 
There is a wide range of motorbike boots on the market and they fall under lots of different categories.

Some are suited to off-road riding, some to track days and some for general commuting and city riding. Foot and lower leg injuries are also very common in motorbike accidents so it’s vitally important that you buy the right boot for your riding, because they each have different attributes.

Motorbike boots for commuters and tourers



Motorbike boots for tourers and commuters place comfort high...

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Riding your motorcycle in a group

Posted by Howard Trott on Friday, September 29, 2017, In : Motorcycle Riding Skills 
Riding with a group of friends gives you a chance to explore new routes, gain experience and make new friends. Before you head out on the road there are a few things you should think about to make sure your trip is as enjoyable and safe as possible.



Organising the group

It’s unlikely that everyone in your group will have the same level of experience and ability. Danger tends to arise when less experienced riders feel they have to ride faster or above their ability to keep up with the group, s...

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Starting your motorcycle uphill

Posted by Howard Trott on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, In : Motorcycle Riding Skills 
Stopping on an uphill slope and then getting going again can be tricky, particularly for riders with insufficient inseam length to make solid contact with the ground. Here are some tips to help you handle these situations.



Evaluate your options
 

When you see that you must stop on a hill, identify an approach that is clear of significant debris or surface contamination that may cause your foot or tires to slip. Avoid vehicle drippings, sand, gravel and slick surfaces. You also want to stop so yo...

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Buying a second hand motorcycle

Posted by Howard Trott on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, In : Buying A Second Hand Motorcycle 
Are you chomping at the bit to get your hands on a two-wheeled dream machine, but don’t fancy parting with a ton of cash for a brand-new model?



If the answer is “yes”, then a second hand motorbike might be a more budget-friendly option.

You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to used bikes, so here’s how you go about getting your hands on one.

Benefits of a used bike

The main benefit of buying a used bike over a new one is - unsurprisingly - the price.

Thanks to depreciation, new motorbik...

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Riding your motorcycle abroad

Posted by Howard Trott on Monday, September 25, 2017, In : Motorcycle Touring 
Road trips are fun and if sales of adventure bikes and tourers in the UK are anything to go by, they’re more popular than ever too. Riding abroad and lengthy road trips across different countries and continents are what dreams are made of but unless you’ve got the right documents, they’re not going to happen.



Motorcycle CBTs don’t cut the mustard

If you have a quick look across bike forums in the UK, you’ll find multiple posts about travelling abroad on two wheels.
There’s usually a ...

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Motorcycle safety checks

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, September 23, 2017, In : Motorcycle Safety 
MOTORCYCLE ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR A SAFE RIDE



Brakes 

Make sure you test your brakes before heading out. Get on the bike and test both front and rear brakes. It is important to check the break pads in case you have of a disc break (hydraulic breal), or adjust the break in case you have a drum break. Also, drum brakes might simply require a new set of shoes. Finally , if you have disk breaks, it is also important to check the brake fluids or the actual disk.

Engine Oil

Check the engine oil according t...

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Off-road motorbike riding

Posted by Howard Trott on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, In : Motorcycle Riding Skills 
A key skill every Adventure Rider should acquire is the ability to ride confidently off-road. Large Adventure Motorcycles can be difficult to manage in the dirt because of their weight and bulk. You can get away with a lack of dirt riding skills on small dirt bikes, but an Adventure Bike can hurt you if you don’t know what you are doing.



Often times, riders try to learn on their own with only a few dirt riding tips from a friend. This kind of trial and error approach can cause a lot of anxie...

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Motorbike clothing

Posted by Howard Trott on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, In : Motorcycle Accessories 
If you’re travelling at any kind of normal road speed when you come off your motorcycle, you’re likely to skid along the road surface and suffer from road rash. Road surfaces will shred through jeans and normal clothes on impact so it’s vital that your riding clothes can withstand abrasions and skids as well as impact.



What material?

There is a reason so many bikers wear leather, and it’s not just for the typical biker look. Leather is robust and copes well in motorbike accidents becaus...

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Riding your motorbike at night

Posted by Howard Trott on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, In : Motorcycle Riding Skills 
Riding your motorcycle at night is completely different than riding it during the day. Some motorcyclists enjoy the isolation of riding at night. Others hate it for the loss of visibility and vision, and will avoid it at all costs. Sooner or later, you’re bound to find yourself on your bike during the night time, so its important to know what unique hazards you must deal with when the sun goes down.



Riding a motorcycle after dark can be an great experience for some. You can focus on the ride...

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How to transport your motorcycle

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, August 26, 2017, In : Motorcycle Safety 
Whether you’re loading onto the back of a pick-up or into a van, going up ramps and into small enclosed spaces isn’t easy and can result in dumped bikes and damage. And if you damage your bike, you might have to claim on your motorbike insurance, so it’s best to be avoided.



Why transport a motorbike?

Track-day riders will often transport their bike in a van or trailer because a full day at a circuit can be tiring and the prospect of a long ride home is not appealing. Others transport thei...

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Riding your motorcycle on country roads

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, August 26, 2017, In : Motorcycle Riding Skills 
There’s a great deal of satisfaction to be gained from riding your motorcycle skilfully on country lanes. There are other benefits too – there’s usually less traffic, fewer 30 mph speed limits, and some great scenery on offer, too.



But it’s as well to remember that rural roads account for around three quarters of all fatal road collisions. There are many reasons why driving on these sorts of roads can be so hazardous.

Speed limits

Country lanes normally have a speed limit of 60 mph for c...

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Carrying a pillion passenger

Posted by Howard Trott on Friday, August 18, 2017, In : Motorcycle Riding Skills 
A pillion passenger is a passenger that sits behind the rider on a motorbike.



The Highway Code doesn’t say much about carrying pillion passengers – just some very basic rules and no guidelines at all, so we got some input from some experienced riders to bring you the definitely guide to carrying a pillion passenger on your motorcycle. Let’s first look at what the Highway Code says:

You MUST NOT carry more than one pillion passenger who MUST sit astride the machine on a proper seat. They s...

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Same Day Motorcycle Courier Service Warrington

Posted by Howard Trott on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, In : Same Day Courier Service 
Spartan Motorcycle Couriers offers secure, time sensitive, nationwide delivery service 24, 7. Our customer focus means that our office will respond to your specific delivery requirements and offer Spartan Motorcycle Couriers most appropriate delivery service.



So whether your item is urgent, confidential or needs to be there before or after a specific time we can assure you that we have exactly the right service for you which is both effective and achievable – we keep to our promises!

Spartan ...

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Motorcycle Batteries

Posted by Howard Trott on Sunday, August 13, 2017, In : Motorcycle Accessories 
Charging is a process that reverses the electrochemical reaction. It converts the electrical energy of the charger into chemical energy. Remember, a battery does not store electricity; it stores the chemical energy necessary to produce electricity.



A battery charger reverses the current flow, providing that the charger has a greater voltage than the battery. The charger creates an excess of electrons at the negative plates, and the positive hydrogen ions are attracted to them. The hydrogen rea...

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Next day courier Warrington, Manchester, Liverpool, UK.

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, August 12, 2017, In : Next Day Courier 
Next day delivery is a useful service which guarantees that a item will arrive before a certain time the following working day. It is often the cheapest way to send an important package overnight which you need to arrive within 24 hours. Ordering online is quick and easy with Spartan Motorcycle Couriers. Get an instant quote by giving us a call or use the Enquiry Form.



It's also a good option if you need to send something fairly urgently as the motorcycle courier will collect from your address...

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Choosing a motorcycle helmet

Posted by Howard Trott on Thursday, July 27, 2017, In : Motorcycle Accessories 
Picking the Right Motorcycle Helmet



Welcome to one of life's greatest adventures. Whether you ride a sportsbike or a cruiser as a pleasure seeker or commuter, riding on two wheels is a phenomenal experience designed to give you years of enjoyment and satisfaction.

Before you fight traffic or plan that weekend excursion on back-country roads you'll need to invest in some very important equipment - namely riding gear. Body protection is a must when riding your sportsbike or cruiser and nothing co...

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Securing your motorbike

Posted by Howard Trott on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, In : Motorcycle Security 
Motorcycle theft remains a big problem in the UK, with around 60 machines stolen every day. Any bike owner, or prospective bike owner, should take the issue of machine security seriously.



However, it’s not just a case of locking your bike up securely. After all, bike theft can happen at any time, wherever you may be. Some machines are stolen from home (inside a garage or not); some from the street; some from work; and others when you’re out and about. So, it’s obvious that different type...

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Motorcycle Security Advice

Posted by Howard Trott on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, In : Motorcycle Security 
Theft is every bikers worst nightmare and tragically, is still a huge problem, especially in big cities. As such, it is now essential to fork out for all manner of extra security devices to help protect your pride and joy. With so much choice, we’re going to go through the pros and cons of different security measures so you can opt for the most effective and avoid wasting money.



Of course we all have insurance cover, but many of us will have high excesses to keep premiums affordable. If your...

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Motorcycle rides in America

Posted by Howard Trott on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, In : Motorcycle Rides In America 
Tail of the Dragon (Tennessee)



An 11-mile stretch of US Route 129, the Dragon (also known as Deal’s Gap) is widely considered to be one of the best motorcycle roads in America. Resembling a dragon’s tail, Deal’s Gap is said to contain over 300 curves, the sharpest of which has been given nicknames such as Gravity Cavity and Copperhead Corner. The challenging two-lane blacktop-highway stretch brings riders through Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Originally 55 mph, the speed limit was...

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Motorcycle rides in the UK

Posted by Howard Trott on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, In : Motorcycle Rides In The UK 
There’s nothing more liberating than donning the leathers and getting out in the beautiful British countryside on your motorbike. But where are the best, most beautiful or most exhilarating routes in the UK? Great Britain boasts some incredible roads for motorbike riders, from stunning mountain scenery in the Lake District, endless moors covered in purple heather in the Dales to breathe taking routes on the south coast, we really do have it all.

Whether you’re a novice rider, or more exper...

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Riding your motorcycle in large cities

Posted by Howard Trott on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, In : Motorcycle Riding Skills 
Checking your skills are ready for city roads

The good news is BikeSafe holds regular rider skills days in some UK cities for motorbikes above 125cc which will give you an assessment on your current abilities and provide advice to help make your riding safer and more enjoyable.

To help new riders of smaller engined motorbikes, BikeSafe also runs ScooterSafe courses, especially aimed at moped and scooter riders.



Make sure your bike matches your needs and your ability

Motorbikes vary in design and ...

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Motorcycles of WW1

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, July 15, 2017, In : Motorcycles Of WW1 
The importance of motorbikes during the Great War is all too often overlooked, however, bikes were used for mounted infantry, scouts, patrol, dispatch and courier duties, ammunition carriers, medical supply carriers and casualty evacuation, sometimes being converted into ambulance type vehicles.



The versatility of these machines clearly helped them play a hugely significant role in the logistics of the war - more so than cars. The use that they were most commonly used for, however, was that o...

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Motorcycle Couriers

Posted by Howard Trott on Thursday, July 13, 2017, In : Motorcycle Couriers 
At the end of the First World War in 1918, many British Army motorcycle despatch riders of the Royal Corps of Signals were demobilised and found employment difficult to come by. As a result, they purchased military surplus motorcycles, and began couriering in central London. Following WWII increasing urban congestion in London saw riders on small motorcycles making scheduled runs with artwork or copy between printers to and from advertising agencies or newspapers.


 
In London radio controlled m...

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Tips for first-time motorcycle riders (part three)

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, July 1, 2017, In : Motorcycle Riding Skills 
When you put your feet down at a stop, you want to be sure that whatever shoes you're wearing will grip the road securely, not slip and slide and make you feel like you're going to drop the bike. That's another reason why we recommend motorcycle-specific boots, but any good non-slip shoe is better than a slippery-bottomed (but sick-looking) trainer. Before you get mad, keep in mind that not all shoes have equal grip on all surfaces. Some shoes might be perfect for a polished wood gym floor, b...

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Tips for first-time motorcycle riders (part two)

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, July 1, 2017, In : Motorcycle Riding Skills 
Motorcycles are powered one of three ways: chain-driven, belt-driven, or shaft-driven. Shaft- and belt-driven bikes require less frequent maintenance than chain-driven ones. Most cruisers are belt-driven, while most sport bikes are chain-driven. BMW isn't the only company that makes shaft-driven bikes, but they're the most common bikes on which you'll find the system.



Why does this matter? When you're riding a bike, that chain or belt or shaft is what keeps your bike moving. There isn't a lot ...

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Tips for first-time motorcycle riders (part one)

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, July 1, 2017, In : Motorcycle Riding Skills 
Nothing feels quite like finding the perfect bike. As the weather continues to warm up (in between these nasty storms), more people are choosing to ride a motorcycle for the first time. This is great, but when you’re a new rider, there’s a lot of information to take in. In order to help keep you, and everybody else on the road who you're riding around, we’ve compiled a list of the basic things you need to keep in mind before you twist the throttle for the first time. Above all, we hope ...

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Advanced Motorcycle Riding Course

Posted by Howard Trott on Thursday, June 15, 2017, In : Advanced Motorcycle Riding Course 
It is amazing the amount of money that is spent on motorcycles making them look better, go faster and stop quicker. Doing an Advanced Motorcycle Training course will help you achieve all of these and will cost you a lot less whilst gaining up to 17% discount from all the leading bike insurers in the UK.



The Enhanced Rider Scheme (ERS) is all about getting the most from your riding and your machine. With advanced motorcycle training you will:

  • Increase your riding skills and abilities
  • Learn to avo...

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Motorcycle Safety

Posted by Howard Trott on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, In : Motorcycle Riding Skills 
Whether it's a quick trip to the corner shop for a few things, or a two-week touring trip with friends, there are plenty of things you can do to ensure your motorcycle riding is safe and enjoyable.



It would be nice if the road was always smooth, and without bumps, but those bumps, potholes, breakdowns, lost riding moments and more are out there. The best way to avoid trouble from these instances is to be prepared. You can also improve your own safety, as well as that of your passengers and mot...

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Second to none motorcycle courier service

Posted by Howard Trott on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, In : Motorcycle Couriers 
Spartan Motorcycle Couriers has risen above all by fulfilling the need for on-time reliability and a first class service. By working in partnership with our clientele and giving the attention deserved, we have built a company that we confidently consider to be ‘the best’. We offer a comprehensive range of courier logistics, designed to achieve the highest standards of efficiency and quality to the customer.



All staff at Spartan Motorcycle Couriers are committed to delivering and maintainin...

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Security Escort and Courier Service

Posted by Howard Trott on Sunday, May 7, 2017, In : Security Courier Services 
SECURITY ESCORT and COURIER SERVICES



Spartan 24 Hour Security can supply motorcycle escort services in Warrington, Manchester, Liverpool and across the UK. We specialise in providing our clients with low profile motorcycle escorts for the transportation of valuable assets. Our clients for security escort services also include business owners who require security coverage to protect their assets or valuables.

Spartan 24 Hour Security, motorcycle escort specialists are all experienced professiona...

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Same Day Courier Manchester

Posted by Howard Trott on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, In : Same Day Courier Manchester 
If you need a document, package or parcel delivering fast and on-time, you’re in the right place as we here at Spartan Motorcycle Couriers are experienced and reliable couriers based in Warrington who offer our services nationwide. Offering same day delivery 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, we can respond promptly to urgent requirements as well as managing demands by scheduling daily, weekly or monthly deliveries well in advance.



We are immensely proud of the fast and efficien...

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Tips for new motorbike riders

Posted by Howard Trott on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, In : Motorcycle Riding Skills 
Giving up four wheels for two can be a scary thought for new motorbike riders. However, the freedom and excitement that comes with riding a motorcycle is something that can’t be found anywhere else.  Below are some tips for any new rider about to head out on the road.



Take a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Course

If there is one tip I would give to any rider regardless of experience it would be to attend a Motorcycle Safety Foundation rider safety course. There are always new things you can lear...

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Becoming a part time / self employed courier

Posted by Howard Trott on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, In : Courier Work 
There are some easy ways of starting your own business, which require very little expertise. Part time courier work is a great way of earning extra money, with some couriers making a full time business out of it, when they have a good client base. 



Part time courier work basically involves delivering packages from one location to another. Work can vary from short to long-distance work that can take you the length and breadth of the country should you be available. The price you are paid is nor...

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Motorcycle riding tips for women

Posted by Howard Trott on Thursday, April 13, 2017, In : Motorcycle Riding Tips For Women 
Ride Comfortably – Whatever motorbike you choose, it’s imperative that you’re comfortable on it. This sounds easy enough, but a lot of women ignore this advice and think that they will be OK even though they may feel a little awkward on the motorbike they’ve chosen. Having the right fitting motorbike will give you the confidence that you need to go anywhere. If you’re at all out of sorts and not feeling comfortable on your ride, you’re far more likely to make bad judgement calls. ...

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Motorcycle Safety Tips (Part Four)

Posted by Howard Trott on Thursday, March 23, 2017, In : Motorcycle Safety 
Avoid Distraction



We all know distracted driving is a bad idea, but it's worse when you're riding a motorbike. One of the keys to staying safe on a motorcycle is staying hyper-aware of everything that's going on around you. Remember, motorcycles are tough for drivers to see –especially drivers in large cars or vans. You need to see and avoid them, rather than bet on them seeing you. If you're fiddling with your phone or iPod, you're reaction time is cut by several precious seconds, putting y...
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Motorcycle Safety Tips (Part Three)

Posted by Howard Trott on Thursday, March 23, 2017, In : Motorcycle Safety 
Educate Your Passengers

Part of the fun of having a motorbike is having someone on the back. Having a passenger with their arms around you as you cruise the open road can be quite romantic. But your passenger has a part to play in keeping both of you safe.



Make sure anyone you carry on your motorbike has the right gear. Like you, they should wear sturdy shoes and protective clothes. You should also practice having a passenger, especially if they're bigger than you, in a safe place, like a car p...
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Boss Hoss Motorcycles - 1990 -

Posted by Howard Trott on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, In : American Motorcycles 
Americans so they say like everything Big with a capital 'B'. Buildings, cars, open spaces and motorcycles. So it's hardly surprising that the largest production motorcycle in the world should be built in the Unites States.



For many years Harley-Davidson produced the largest-engined motorbike until pipped to the post by successively bigger Japanese machines such as the Kawasaki Z1300, Honda Gold Wing 1500 and Yamaha 1600cc WildStar. None of them however come anywhere near the Boss Hoss.

In 1990...
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Motorcycle Safety Tips (Part Two)

Posted by Howard Trott on Sunday, March 19, 2017, In : Motorcycle Safety 
Look Twice

This tip is more for drivers than bikers, but it's so important that it's worth mentioning here: Look for motorcycles. Motorcycles are small and tough to see. That means many drivers miss them, causing collisions that are often fatal to the motorcycle rider.



Keep your eyes and ears open for motorcycles. Lots of bikes have loud exhaust systems specifically to draw drivers' attention. Use that to your advantage. But you still need to look out for quiet bikes. Look twice before changing...
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Motorcycle Safety Tips (Part One)

Posted by Howard Trott on Sunday, March 19, 2017, In : Motorcycle Safety 
Wear a Helmet



The most important thing you can do to stay safe on a motorcycle is wear a helmet. Helmets protect your head, and head injuries are the leading cause of death for motorcycle riders. Your brain just wasn't meant to be exposed.

Of course, wearing a helmet isn't enough. You need to wear the right helmet. Lots of places sell novelty helmets that look good but don't protect you. Look for a Department of Transportation-approved helmet. Those helmets have been tested and provide a minimu...
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Same Day Couriers Warrington

Posted by Howard Trott on Friday, March 3, 2017, In : Same Day Couriers Warrington 
Spartan Motorcycle Couriers was formed in 2010 to provide a sameday courier service that you can rely on. We provide a national dedicated sameday courier service and have consistently delivered beyond our customers expectations. We always strive to go the extra mile.



We pride ourselves in our effective communication, high quality service and our ability to serve our customers well, and having them coming back time and time again. We have a dedicated and hard working team who have all the skill...

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24 Hour Courier Service

Posted by Howard Trott on Thursday, March 2, 2017, In : 24 Hour Courier Service 
When we first opened our doors for business, we understood the need for a reliable 24-hour courier service in the UK. We’re currently living in an age where nothing seems to sleep and that definitely extends to the business world. All areas of manufacturing operate 24 hours a day. Ships and aircraft arrive in the UK at all hours of the day and night. Retail outlets are open 24/7, and consumers can purchase their latest must have gadget at 5am, from their favourite online store.



It’s little...

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Fast, secure, same day courier service UK

Posted by Howard Trott on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, In : Same Day Courier Service 
Spartan Motorcycle Couriers Sameday UK deliver important items for a lot of trade sectors all through the United Kingdom. No matter what your company is involved with, be it production, publishing, finance, legal matters, computer supplies or health-related products amongst lots of others.



Spartan Motorcycle Couriers Sameday UK can certainly offer rapid transport options tailored entirely to the needs of your organisation. Be it a simple A4 envelope, an important document or valuable items, we...

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Mars (MA) Motorcycles (Germany 1903-1957)

Posted by Howard Trott on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, In : German Motorcycles 
Mars built Fafnir and Zedel-engined motorcycles before World War One, but was most famous for the 986cc (6cu in) white Mars of 1920.

'Mars' motorcycle by Claus Franzenberg, design of 1920 , year of construction 1926, manufacturer: Mars-Werke, Nuremberg.



The big flat-twin engine was supplied by Maybach and there was a two-speed gearbox and leg guards. German inflation killed it, but Mars was revived as MA with a variety of bought-in engines, concentrating in the 1930's on Sachs-powered mopeds an...
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NHS Medical Couriers.

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, January 7, 2017, In : Medical Courier 
Spartan Motorcycle Couriers medical courier service, is a sameday urgent medical supplies service based in Warrington Cheshire. Our services are ideally suited to the needs of the NHS, the private sector, healthcare providers, pharmaceutical providers, biotech companies, doctors, hospitals, clinics, therapists, universities, laboratories, nurses, technicians and medical suppliers.



The movement of urgent medical and healthcare supplies, samples or equipment can literally be a case of life or de...

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KTM motorcycles Austria 1953 -

Posted by Howard Trott on Thursday, December 1, 2016, In : Austrian Motorcycles 
The most successful Austrian manufacturers began with 98cc Rotax-powered machines and went on to produce mopeds, scooters and lightweights with Puch, Sachs, as well as Rotax engines, all two-strokes. KTM went through phases, concentrating solely on mopeds in 1960-65, and from 1967 began to develop motocross motorcycles which came to dominate its production.



Won the 1977 250cc Motorcross Championship, and experience gained from the competition bikes trickled down to the production machines, res...
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Motorcycle training Warrington, Liverpool, Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire.

Posted by Howard Trott on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, In : Motorcycle Riding Skills 
All of us at Spartan Motorcycle Couriers are advanced motorcycle riders. We are qualified motorcycle trainers, so in the near future will be running CBT ( Compulsory Basic Training ) courses, DAS ( Direct Access Scheme ) courses, and a post test training course to sharpen and enhance your riding skills. 



Our experience and knowledge is second to none and along with fantastic tuition, you can pass your motorcycle tests with sustainable life skills, greater safety and genuine road-craft. We will...
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Good customer service is important for a courier company

Posted by Howard Trott on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, In : Motorcycle Couriers 
With any courier company, giving a high standard of customer service is a must. In the long run you get more business, returning customers, and it's a vital part of being a professional courier company. If you offer bad customer service you won't be in business for very long.

 

Respond as quickly as possible

One of the biggest factors in good customer service is speed, especially when a customer is requesting a consignment to be delivered that is time sensitive. Sorting the requirements out on ...

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Cost of hiring a motorcycle courier

Posted by Howard Trott on Sunday, November 27, 2016, In : Motorcycle Couriers 
Like any other service different motorcycle couriers charge different rates and provide varying standards of service. Hiring a cheap motorcycle courier isn't always the best option. There are motorcycle couriers that charge as little as 80p a loaded mile, which means the mileage done while carrying your consignment. With the overheads involved such as fuel, insurance and motorcycle maintenance, to make a profit they must be cutting corners. Such as operating without insurance, having a poorly...
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Riding your motorcycle in bad weather ( part three )

Posted by Howard Trott on Sunday, November 27, 2016, In : Motorcycle Riding Skills 
Riding on wet roads

Wet roads reduce tyre grip. Give yourself plenty of time and room for slowing down and stopping. Keep well back from other vehicles. On a wet road, you should allow at least double the braking distance for a dry road.



After a spell of dry weather, rain on the road can make the surface even more slippery. Take extra care, especially when cornering. Be aware that different road surfaces might affect the grip of your tyres.

Brakes

As well as reducing tyre grip water can also redu...
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24 hour motorcycle courier service Merseyside, Cheshire, UK.

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, November 26, 2016, In : Motorcycle Couriers 
Spartan Motorcycle Couriers operate 24 hours 365 days a years. Motorcycle couriers make deliveries around the clock throughout the UK. One of the advantages of operating 24 hours is the ability to make night deliveries, which is faster due to less traffic on the roads. More convenient for clients when they need a consignment delivering across the UK, which needs to be at the delivery destination first thing in the morning. 



We've had contractors working all night on a project call us wanting a...
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Choosing a motorcycle for work as a motorcycle courier

Posted by Howard Trott on Sunday, November 20, 2016, In : Motorcycle Couriers 
I often get asked which motorcycle is best for motorcycle courier work, my honest answer is there isn't one.
It all depends on what you're comfortable riding, what areas you're going to cover and what you will be transporting.
If you're just going to cover your local area a small motorcycle or scooter will do. If you'll be covering a large area such as the UK, a larger motorcycle will be needed. If you're going to transport bulky items or do multiple drop offs a large capacity motorcycle with p...
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Riding your motorcycle in bad weather ( part two )

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, November 19, 2016, In : Motorcycle Riding Skills 
Keep your battery in good condition. In cold weather an electric starter places big demands on the battery.

Lights

Always keep your lights and indicators clean and check for faulty bulbs. Dirty lights can seriously reduce - how far you can see - how well other people can see you and your signals.



Weather and vision

The biggest single danger to any rider is being unable to see properly. You won't be able to make the right decisions if you can't see the road clearly.

Rain

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Riding your motorcycle in bad weather ( part one )

Posted by Howard Trott on Monday, October 24, 2016, In : Motorcycle Riding Skills 
The weather in the British Isles is varied and uncertain. You can expect to encounter virtually all weather conditions at some time. The weather presents particular hazards for the motorcyclist.



You need to think about how you're going to - protect yourself from the elements - adapt your riding to suit the conditions.

Your motorcycle

Whatever the weather, make sure your motorcycle is in good condition and regularly checked and serviced. Contending with the elements can be difficult but having to...
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Riding a motorcycle on motorways ( part six )

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, October 22, 2016, In : Motorcycle Riding Skills 
To rejoin the motorway

Don't pull straight out onto the carriageway. Use the hard shoulder as an acceleration lane to build up speed before joining the left-hand lane when there's a gap.



Roadworks

Accidents can often happen at roadworks when drivers fail to observe simple rules of safety. So - reduce speed in good time when warned by the advance warning signs or flashing signals - Get into the lane indicated for use by your motorcycle in good time - Obey all speed limits - Keep the correct separ...
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Fastest courier service

Posted by Howard Trott on Thursday, October 20, 2016, In : Motorcycle Couriers 
Spartan Motorcycle Couriers are the fastest courier service. Motorcycle couriers are mature advanced motorcycle riders with at least 25 years riding a motorcycle. Motorcycle couriers use high performance motorcycles and state of the art satellite navigation. On time same day delivery is guaranteed and we haven't missed a delivery deadline.

  

Motorcycle Couriers deliver time critical consignments the same day to anywhere in the UK. 
Including:
  • Bath
  • Birmingham
  • Bradford
  • Brighton and Hove
  • Bristol
  • Cambrid...

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Motorcycle courier service Warrington, Liverpool, Manchester.

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, September 24, 2016, In : Motorcycle Couriers 
Working as a motorcycle courier, it is important to develop a good customer base. Regular work from account customers keeps your business ticking over. At Spartan Motorcycle Couriers we have developed a good customer base in the Warrington, Liverpool and Manchester areas. The key to securing regular business from clients is simple. Always be courteous, helpful and go out of your way to help them. Also deliver the consignments on time and give good customer service by keeping them updated on t...
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Riding a motorcycle on motorways ( part five )

Posted by Howard Trott on Sunday, September 11, 2016, In : Motorcycle Riding Skills 
End of motorway

There will be end of motorway signs at all exits. These mean that the road you're joining will have different rules. Remember to watch for any signs telling you what these are, particularly - speed limits - dual carriageway - two-way traffic - clearway - motorway link road - part-time traffic lights.

 

Speed when leaving motorway

After riding at motorway speeds for some time, your judgement of speed will almost certainly be affected, 40 or 45 mph seems more like 20 mph - adjust yo...
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Riding a motorcycle on motorways ( part four )

Posted by Howard Trott on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, In : Motorcycle Riding Skills 
Overtaking

Leave a safe distance between you and the vehicle you intend to overtake. Use the appropriate parts of the OSM/PSL routine. For example: Observation - Check behind you to verify the speed, course and position of the following traffic. Position - Position yourself so that you can see well past the vehicle in front. Speed - Make sure you're going fast enough or can accelerate quickly enough to overtake without blocking any vehicle coming up behind you. Look - Look ahead and behind to ...
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Tom Tom Rider Motorcycle Sat Nav

Posted by Howard Trott on Sunday, August 21, 2016, In : Motorcycle Accessories 

Choosing a motorcycle sat nav can be daunting due to the amount on the market. Don't rush into buying the first sat nav you come across, shop around and find the one that best suits your needs. For instance, if you want one for cross country riding, choose a hard wearing motorcycle sat nav which can take a lot of vibration, that has a good handlebar mounting and a good size, highly visible screen.

Tom Tom Rider 2nd Edition



I've used a Tom Tom Rider 2nd Edition for years and is great for motorcy...
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Riding a motorcycle on motorways (part three)

Posted by Howard Trott on Thursday, August 18, 2016, In : Motorcycle Riding Skills 
On the motorway

Continually reassess the movement of the vehicles - directly ahead (in the near and far distance) - alongside you - behind you. At high speeds, situations change rapidly. Effective observation helps you prepare for any sudden developments.



For example, an increase in the number of vehicles ahead could mean that traffic is slowing down and bunching, or a flashing breakdown light will warn you to slow down until you're sure of what's happening. If you see serious congestion ahead,...
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Same day motorcycle courier delivery of jewellery

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, August 6, 2016, In : Security Motorcycle Courier 
Had a call from a lady who needed a jewellery box containing valuable pieces of jewellery picking up from Cardiff then delivery to Bolton. The lady informed me that the items had been in the family for a long time and rather valuable. A relative had died and left her the items, she had no transport and needed them picking up and delivering to her. She didn't trust a normal courier and with us also running a security firm Spartan 24 Hour Security she knew the items would be in safe hands.



She w...
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Riding a motorcycle on motorways ( part two )

Posted by Howard Trott on Tuesday, August 2, 2016, In : Motorcycle Riding Skills 
Speed limit signs

Signs which display a speed limit within a red ring indicate mandatory maximum speed limits. You must obey these signs, if you don't you risk prosecution. Black and white rectangular signs recommend maximum speed limits which you should observe.



Signals

Signals will warn of dangers ahead, such as - accidents - fog - icy roads.

Flashing amber lights

Look out for flashing amber lights and signs, either on the central reservation or overhead. These warn you of - lane closures - road...
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Short history of motorcycle couriers

Posted by Howard Trott on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, In : Motorcycle Couriers 
A motorcycle courier, also known as motorcycle messengers, or dispatch riders are couriers using a motorcycle or scooter to deliver consignments such as documents and small parcels. Motorcycle couriers are common in the major urban centres of Europe, South America, Asia and America.



At the end of the first world war in 1918, many British Army motorcycle dispatch riders of the Royal Corps of Signals were demobbed and found gaining employment difficult. As a result, they purchased military surpl...
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Riding a motorcycle on motorways ( part one )

Posted by Howard Trott on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, In : Motorcycle Riding Skills 
You must make sure your motorcycle is safe and in good working order. Motorways must not be used by - pedestrians - cyclists - horse riders - holders of provisional car and motorcycle licences.



In addition the following vehicles must not be used on a motorway - motorcycles under 50cc - certain slow moving vehicles with oversized loads, except with special permission - most invalid carriages - agricultural vehicles. Due to the demanding nature of motorways, make sure that - you have a thorough ...
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Same day motorcycle courier delivery of antique automation

Posted by Howard Trott on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, In : Motorcycle Couriers 
Had a call from a gentleman who needed an antique automation picking up from a dealer in Manchester and delivering to Northampton. Was informed the automation was an early 1900's Puss In Boots Cat and rather valuable. It was already well packed so all I had to do was transport it safely and quickly. The gentleman was in a hurry to get it but couldn't pick it up himself.



I got on my green automation and headed for Manchester. The traffic was congested but managed to weave my way through it. I d...
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Defensive motorcycle riding ( part three )

Posted by Howard Trott on Friday, June 17, 2016, In : Motorcycle Riding Skills 
Lighting conditions

In the dark, seeing hazards is more difficult. The clues are there, but you have to pick them out. Look for illuminated road signs, reflectors between white lines, the glow of vehicle headlights on buildings, trees and hedges indicating bends and junctions.



In the dark, it can be difficult to judge distances and speed from headlights, headlights on vehicles make it difficult to see pedestrians, cyclists and any vehicle with dim lights. Don't let shop and advertising lights d...
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Same day motorcycle courier delivery of documents

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, May 28, 2016, In : Motorcycle Couriers 
A company in Warrington needed important documentation delivered to their main office in Glasgow. The documents needed to be delivered by 2pm. One of the company directors was flying overseas and didn't receive all the documents needed for the trip. The lady who called me sounded distraught, and by what she was telling me was the one who made the mistake, and had been told in no uncertain terms to sort it out. 

Time to put on my Batman outfit, crank up the Batmobile and save the world. In my d...
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Defensive motorcycle riding ( part two )

Posted by Howard Trott on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, In : Motorcycle Riding Skills 
Approaching green traffic lights

Ask yourself - how long have they been on green ? - are there many vehicles already waiting at either side of the junction ? ( if there's a queue, the lights are probably about to change ) - do I have time to stop ? - can the vehicle behind me stop ? - if it's a large goods vehicle, it might need a greater distance to pull up.



Don't

Try to beat the traffic signals by accelerating or leave it until the last moment to brake - harsh braking causes skids.

Remember

Anot...
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Overnight motorcycle courier delivery of custom made electronic car parts

Posted by Howard Trott on Monday, May 2, 2016, In : Motorcycle Couriers 
A garage in London wanted custom car parts picking up from Manchester and taking to their workshop in London. The customer told me over the phone that it was an emergency and I could tell by his voice he was panicking. They were working on a custom car for a client and had been sent the wrong parts. The car needed to be finished by the following morning so time was running out. He had ordered the correct parts and needed them delivered in a matter of hours. I enjoy a challenge so assured him ...
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Defensive motorcycle riding ( part one )

Posted by Howard Trott on Thursday, April 28, 2016, In : Motorcycle Riding Skills 
Defensive motorcycle riding is based on effective observation, good anticipation and control. It's about always questioning the actions of other road users and being prepared for the unexpected, so as not to be taken by surprise. Defensive motorcycle riding involves - awareness - planning - anticipating - staying in control and riding with - responsibility - care - consideration and courtesy. It means putting safety above all else. It's about having real concern, not only for your own safety,...
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Same day courier delivery of documents and computer discs

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, April 16, 2016, In : Motorcycle Couriers 

Had a call from a company in Warrington who needed documents delivering to one of their branches in Bristol. I was told it was a few files and a sealed tray of computer discs. Looked out of my window and it was pouring with rain. Being a motorcycle courier you have to deliver consignments in all weathers, if you wear the right motorcycle riding gear bad weather is not a problem. Wearing motorcycle leathers in pouring rain is not advisable, the leather retains the water which makes the leather...


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Learning to ride a motorcycle in the UK

Posted by Howard Trott on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, In : Motorcycle Riding Skills 
The CBT Course (Compulsory Basic Training)

CBT is arranged so that you progress through a series of elements. You will only move onto the next element when your trainer is satisfied you have learn't the necessary theory, and demonstrated the practical skills to a safe basic level.



What are the elements ?

Element A - Introduction to CBT
Element B - Practical on-site training
Element C - Practical on-site riding
Element D - Practical on-road training
Element E - Practical on-road riding.

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Fast same day courier delivery of medical samples

Posted by Howard Trott on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, In : Motorcycle Couriers 

Working as a motorcycle courier you get people contacting you with some odd transportation requests. I had a woman call me who wanted a hamster transported, couldn’t get a motorcycle helmet small enough for him so that was a no. A gentleman wanted fish transported, I had to explain to him that I ride a motorcycle so there would be nowhere to put them. I could of worn a goldfish bowl instead of a helmet but the fish would of blocked my view.

I stand corrected. You can get a motorcycle helmet ...


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Same day courier delivery of antique coins, medals and banknotes.

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, April 2, 2016, In : Motorcycle Couriers 

Had a call from a gentleman who wanted a secure same day courier delivery of valuable coins, medals and banknotes to his son. Pick up from Alderley Edge and delivered to London. Assured the customer that the valuable items would be delivered securely and quickly.

My sat nav took me to a grand house so I knew the consignments I would be carrying were going to be valuable. Was greeted by a nice old gent who invited me in. He explained to me that he kept the items in a house safe but didn't fee...


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The cutest motorcycle courier

Posted by Howard Trott on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, In : Female Motorcycle Riders 
My friends niece Joanne has got to be the best looking motorcycle courier on the road. She has been riding bikes since she was 14 and started on scramblers. Her parents run a farm so she had plenty of off-road practice. She passed her motorbike test first time and rides a Kawasaki Ninja. Last year she helped us out for a week making deliveries, she was so popular we had plenty of calls all asking for her. One company used her three times in one day, you can see why. 



She is an excellent motorc...
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Overnight delivery of valuables

Posted by Howard Trott on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, In : Motorcycle Couriers 
Had a call from a lady who needed valuables including jewellery delivered to a relative in Scotland, pick up was from Manchester. The delivery had to be made by 6am, as the person receiving the valuables was flying back home to Australia. The items of jewellery were family heirlooms and valuable. Reassured the lady that the consignments would be delivered quickly and safely. With valuable consignments they are locked in a metal lockbox and carried in a locked backpack. The backpack is never t...
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Don't provide just a courier service

Posted by Howard Trott on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, In : Motorcycle Couriers 
The courier industry is very competitive with some people willing to transport consignments for next to nothing. The days of making a lot of money are gone. Most van couriers I come across are just scratching a living. Most are on the road for 12 plus hours a day and make 50p for every parcel delivered. With running costs such as petrol, wear and tear on the vehicle, insurances and other expenses it's a hard way to make a living. Motorcycle couriers are in exactly the same boat. I know motorc...
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Motorcycle Leathers

Posted by Howard Trott on Friday, February 12, 2016, In : Motorcycle Riding Gear 
Since the start of motorcycling it was apparent that something was needed to protect the exposed human body from the elements. The natural solution was leather. The leather motorcycle jacket, not only serves as a fashion statement, but is an essential piece of equipment to any serious biker for keeping warm, dry, and in one piece. A good quality leather jacket combined with leather motorcycle trousers will act as a second skin between you and the road, and can save you from serious injury. 



My...

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Keeping your motorcycle safe

Posted by Howard Trott on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, In : Motorcycle Security 
Keep your motorcycle safe. The more security you have on your motorcycle, the better. Invest in a security device and always use it. Regardless of the type of security device you choose, whether it be disc locks, security chains, or U-bolts, they will only be effective if used. Taking the device with you when riding may seem inconvenient, but it is not as inconvenient as having your motorbike stolen. Ensure you keep the keys with you at all times.
Purchase an immobiliser, preferably one that i...

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Yamaha Motorcycles (1953 - 2000)

Posted by Howard Trott on Thursday, December 24, 2015, In : Japanese Motorcycles 
YAMAHA  Japan 1953 -

Torakusu Yamaha, whose name graces the sides of millions of motorcycles did not as far as I know ride one himself. In fact as he died in 1916, he may never have even seen a motorcycle, for which an explanation is required.

Yamaha was born in Nagasaki in 1851 and was first apprenticed to a clock maker, then to a manufacturer of medical equipment. He moved to Hamamatsu in 1883, then working as a self-employed engineer where he was asked to repair the organ at the local primar...
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My first motorbike ( Yamaha RD250LC )

Posted by Howard Trott on Friday, November 27, 2015, In : Motorbike Stories 

I have been riding motorbikes for over 30years, in that time I've seen great changes in motorcycle design and performance. My first bike was a Yamaha RD 250 LC, it was a great little bike and pretty fast for its time.

The Yamaha RD 250 LC was launched in 1981 and was the first learner legal bike (at the time) which could actually do a real proper 100 mph. I remember going to see the bike with my old man, sitting on it for the first time and starting it up, my old man shouted 'what are you wa...


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You need a safe motorcycle helmet

Posted by Frank Medley on Wednesday, November 25, 2015, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 

As someone who rides their motorcycle frequently, you know that there are many dangerous situations out there on the road. You can easily get crowded by an aggressive or inattentive driver, who isn't paying attention to where you are on the road. You can also get caught in bad weather that you weren't expecting. A good driver knows that the best way to stay safe in these situations is to drive prudently and cautiously. But you can also invest in your safety in other ways, like by buying and w...


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Triumph Speed Triple 955i

Posted by Howard Trott on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, In : British Motorcycles 
I have rode a Triumph Speed Triple 955i motorcycle for many years, find the bike fast, easy to handle and reliable.

Introduced first as the T509 in 1997 the Speed Triple represented Triumph's attempt at creating a motorcycle in the Streetfighter image. Although essentially a Daytona T595 without the fairing, the most significant difference between the two models was the Speed Triple's smaller 885cc engine, detuned for more mid-range power. Apart from having a different oil cooler and the optio...
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Motorcycle security at home

Posted by Howard Trott on Sunday, November 1, 2015, In : Motorcycle Security 
A high percentage of motorcycle thefts are from the owner's home. Here are some things to consider whenever your motorcycle is at home.
  • Where possible, always keep the motorcycle in a securely locked garage. Never rely solely on the standard lock on a garage door, these are usually hopelessly inadequate. Fit an additional locking mechanism to the door and consider having the garage alarmed. A security light, activated by a movement sensor is always a good investment.
  • Always secure the motorcycl...

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Motorcycle tyre checks

Posted by Howard Trott on Thursday, October 22, 2015, In : Motorcycle Maintenance 
Motorcycle tyres must be checked when cold, not immediately after riding. Low tyre pressure may cause the tyre to slip on the rim or come off. High tyre pressures will cause abnormal tread wear and unsafe handling.

Use an accurate pressure gauge, many garage forecourt gauges are wildly inaccurate. If you buy your own spend as much as you can justify on a quality gauge.

Correct air pressure will increase tyre life and provide maximum stability, handling capability and ride comfort.

   

Tyre Care

Ch...
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Beryl Swain

Posted by Howard Trott on Friday, June 5, 2015, In : Female Motorcycle Riders 
In an era when riding a motorcycle was not thought to be a terribly ladylike occupation, Beryl Swain became, in 1962, the first woman solo rider to negotiate the notorious Isle of Man Tourist Trophy course in an official event. That year she rode her Italian Itom 50cc Racer into 22nd place in a field of 25 in a TT race around the notorious 37-mile mountain road course, which has claimed many lives and inflicted fearful injuries over the years. It was the first year in which the 50cc Ultra Lig...
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Ducati

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, March 7, 2015, In : Italian Motorcycles 
Ducati Italy 1946 -

Ducati, one of the most evocative names in motorcycling, whose fast, exotic, temperamental V-twins respond to lavish care and attention. At least that is most riders conception of the bikes from Bologna. But until recently the name was hardly known outside two wheel circles. Success in World Superbike competition has brought this the Ferrari of motorcycles to mainstream attention. In the early 1990's when it had gained seven WSB Championships this decade and for the first t...
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Hesketh

Posted by Howard Trott on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, In : British Motorcycles 
Hesketh England 1980 - 82

Hesketh, the new British superbike was announced to a delighted press and public in April 1980. They were delighted because deep down almost everyone wanted to see a new British superbike. There were one or two sceptics, such as the national daily which described the new V-twin as just another folly of the English aristocracy, but they were the minority. Two years later when the whole enterprise collapsed in a highly public and embarrassing manner, there were no short...
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Security Devices

Posted by Howard Trott on Sunday, January 25, 2015, In : Motorcycle Security 

Motorcycles are very commonly not secured properly so they can be easy for thieves. By taking some appropriate precautions and using good quality security products and using them well, should help you to keep your motorcycle safe.



Security devices generally come in different categories ranging from 1 to 5 (1 being the best and most expensive). Below is a list of the category description:

Cat 1: Electronic alarm and immobiliser combined system

Cat 2: Electronic immobiliser (Upgradeable to Cat...


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Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

Posted by Howard Trott on Sunday, January 25, 2015, In : American Motorcycles 
Harley-Davidson Motorcycles U.S.A 1903 - 

It was by a series of happy coincidences that the Harley family moved from Manchester, England and the Davidsons from Scotland both emigrated to North America in the late 19th century, and settled in Milwaukee. And that two of their sons, Bill Harley and Arthur Davidson, should end up working at the same engineering establishment, became firm friends, and began experimentation with the internal combustion engine. Arthur was the outgoing one, a patternm...
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Barigo 599cc

Posted by Howard Trott on Friday, December 5, 2014, In : French Motorcycles 
Patrick Barigo builds limited numbers of motorcycles using single-cylinder, four-stroke engines supplied by the Austrian Rotax company. This 1992 road bike is based on Barigo's super motard competition machines. Premium quality suspension and brake components are used in its construction, and low weight, good handling, and a tractable engine offer impressive performance. Proven in the gruelling Paris-Dakar rally and other testing events, Barigo was the only motorcycle manufacturer operating i...
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Buell RR1000

Posted by Howard Trott on Monday, November 3, 2014, In : American Motorcycles 
The first RR1000 prototype was built in 1984 by Eric Buell, a former Harley-Davidson employee, as a commission from the Vetter fairing company although Buell was still independent of Harley-Davidson at this point, the company would soon be incorporated into the Harley fold. The RR1000 used an engine from a Harley XR1000 fitted into Buell's patented Uniplanar chassis, which restricted engine vibration by using a system of rods, joints, and rubber mountings. Only 50 RR1000's were built before t...
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Britten V1000

Posted by Howard Trott on Monday, September 22, 2014, In : New Zealand Motorcycles 
The Britten is an extraordinary bike built by an extraordinary man. John Britten ignored convention when he built this motorcycle and came up with an elegant and inspired machine. The 60 degree v-twin engine is an integral part of the chassis to which the front and rear suspension are bolted. In fact, almost every part of the Britten performs at least two functions. If also looks brilliant. The Britten performed well in International Battle of the Twins racing and in the early nineties was pr...
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Norton Commando Interstate MKIII 850 ES

Posted by Howard Trott on Monday, September 22, 2014, In : British Motorcycles 
Norton was on the verge of bankruptcy by 1975 when this motorcycle, the final version of the Commando was produced. Based on 1973's MKI 850, the MKIII was fitted with an electric starter in addition to the kick-starter. It had tuned silencers, lockheed disc brakes front and rear, left hand gearchange, halogen lightening, and a full compliment of accessories. Nothing could conceal the age of the design and compared to the increasingly sophisticated Japanese opposition it was very dated, though...
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BSA Rocket 3

Posted by Howard Trott on Monday, September 22, 2014, In : British Motorcycles 
The three cylinder Rocket 3 or A75 was launched in Britain in 1969. The BSA/Triumph group had to act quickly to catch up with Honda, which was known to be developing a four. The Rocket 3 and Triumph Trident were similar, though BSA's engine design had its cylinder block tilted forward where the Triumph's was vertical. This bike is from 1970, BSA ceased production the following year.



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Forest Heritage Scenic Byway – Asheville Best for Motorcycle Ride

Posted by Dewayne Jasper on Monday, April 7, 2014, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 

If you've ever had the pleasure of passing through or even visiting Asheville, NC, you'll understand that the surrounding mountains and scenery are simply magnificent. For thousands of years, the area has hosted a plethora of vegetation and wildlife in its natural state. Once the town of Asheville was established, neighboring communities began to immediately offer travelers a multitude of activities, from mountain biking and skiing to rock climbing and hiking. But you don't have to leave your...


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Motorcycle Courier Work

Posted by Howard Trott on Sunday, March 9, 2014, In : Motorcycle Couriers 
The nice weather is nearly upon us and as usual we are starting to receive phone calls and emails from people wanting to work as motorcycle couriers. We have stated on the website that we are not looking for any staff due to the fact that we undertake all the work ourselves. Motorcycle courier work is not seasonal, we have delivered consignments with thick ice and snow covering the roads which makes riding interesting to say the least especially when your in the countryside scaling a steep hi...
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Moto Guzzi V7 Special

Posted by Howard Trott on Friday, February 28, 2014, In : Italian Motorcycles 
Although Moto Guzzi first developed its V-twin motor in the 1950's, motorcycle interest in Italy was at a low ebb and the motor was used in a three-wheeled military vehicle. The V-twin motorcycle was built to fulfil an order from the Italian police. Overseas interest created a need for a civilian version. The 703cc V7 came out in 1967. In 1969 the bore was enlarged by 3mm, increasing the capacity to 757cc and called the V7 special. It ran until 1971 and had many features seen on modern Guzzi ...
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Honda Goldwing GL1500

Posted by Howard Trott on Friday, February 28, 2014, In : Japanese Motorcycles 
The symbol of the Golden wing was already a familiar Honda trademark when the model was christened in 1975. At the time of its launch, the 1000cc four-cylinder machine was simply the biggest, most complex motorcycle ever produced in Japan. By the 1980's, Honda was an established car-maker, with car and motorcycle assembly plants around the world. In 1981, Goldwing production moved from Japan to Ohio, the biggest market for the motorcycle was in America, but it was exported all over the world,...
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Honda CB350

Posted by Howard Trott on Friday, February 28, 2014, In : Japanese Motorcycles 
The CB350 was the smallest of the 1970's road going, four cylinder, S.O.H.C machines. Never officially imported into Britain, and failing to gain support in the USA, Honda looked to Europe, where some countries import tax laws favour sub-350cc motorcycles. Police versions were offered in France and Holland. Even so, the CB350 had a short life. Introduced in 1972, it was replaced in the markets by the CB400F, which appeared in 1974. Capacity of the 400 four was increased to 408cc. It was resty...
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Harley-Davidson Hill Climber

Posted by Howard Trott on Friday, February 28, 2014, In : American Motorcycles 
The ingredients of an American hill-climb motorcycle appear simple, even if the reality is rather more complicated. The essential element is power, and in the case of this machine a methanol-burning eight-valve engine was enough in 1930 to make it a competitive motorcycle. A long wheelbase and weight at the front to prevent the motorcycle tipping over backwards are both essential, as is grip, which is why the motorcycles rear tyre is wrapped in chains. A good level of expertise was involved i...
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Ducati 851

Posted by Howard Trott on Friday, February 28, 2014, In : Italian Motorcycles 
The 851 was the most complex Ducati road bike ever built when introduced in 1987. It retained desmodromic valve operation and the 90 degree V-twin engine layout, but also incorporated four camshafts, eight valves, water cooling, and petrol injection, all first for a road Ducati and introduced to meet increasingly strict emissions and noise legislation. These features were also brought in to meet World Superbike race rules, and the 851 was the basis for Ducati's successful 888 Superbike racer.



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The risks of incorrectly fitting Suzuki saddlebags

Posted by Dewayne Jasper on Friday, January 31, 2014, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 

Some bikers might be under the impression that they can just slap on their Suzuki hard saddlebags and be on their way. However, as is the case with any bike part or accessory, much care needs to be taken when fitting them. Incorrect fitting of any kind of saddlebag can have disastrous consequences for everyone concerned. It is vital for bikers to understand that even the smallest decisions they make before mounting their trusty steed can impact them as well as other travelers.



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Matchless G45

Posted by Howard Trott on Friday, January 24, 2014, In : British Motorcycles 
Developed by the AJS race shop for the 1952 season, the G45 was based on the 500cc parallel-twin that came fourth in the 1951 Manx Grand Prix. Twin Amol Grand Prix carburettors, a Lucas racing magneto, and a rev-counter drive were standard along with the Burman racing gearbox. The engine included a one piece forged steel crank, alloy barrels, and triple valve springs. Seventeen G45's entered the 1955 Senior race and only 10 finished. Although the G45 was not successful compared to other model...
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Honda CBR 1100 Blackbird

Posted by Howard Trott on Friday, January 24, 2014, In : Japanese Motorcycles 
Motorcycle makers have always wanted to make the fastest motorcycle on the market. Kawasaki claimed the title in 1990 with its ZZR 1100, and it wasn't until six years later that Honda was able to respond. Placing a 164 bhp engine in an aerodynamic motorcycle weighing 241 kg ( 531 lbs ) resulted in a top speed of 285 km/h ( 177 mph ). However, the Blackbird is also docile, easy to ride at low speed, comfortable, and has surprisingly agile handling. It combines the punch of a boxer with the man...
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Ducati 916 SPS

Posted by Howard Trott on Monday, January 20, 2014, In : Italian Motorcycles 
The Ducati 916 is one of the best looking and most successful motorcycles ever built. Hailed as a design classic, it has won six World Superbike championships and it remains an object of desire for ordinary motorcyclists. The technology for the 916 was developed from the mid eighties by Ducati engineer Massimo Bordi, who took Ducati's trademark 90 degree V-twin and added water cooling, four valve cylinder heads, and fuel injection. The chassis is also a Ducati trademark. The tubular steel tre...
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Triumph T595 Daytona

Posted by Howard Trott on Monday, January 20, 2014, In : British Motorcycles 
Six years after Triumph's 1991 re-launch, the company entered the lucrative supersports market with the T595, built to compete with the market leading Honda Fireblade and charistmatic Ducati 916. The motorcycle used Triumph's trademark three-cylinder set up and the Daytona name from the earlier models, but almost everything else was new. Though lighter, more powerful, and better looking than its predecessor, the T595's reputation suffered when some early motorcycles were recalled because of a...
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Suzuki GT 750

Posted by Howard Trott on Monday, January 20, 2014, In : Japanese Motorcycles 
Launched in 1971, Suzuki's GT 750 made an immediate impact thanks to its radical design and rapid acceleration. Building on its own success in the 1960's with racing two-strokes, Suzuki decided to create a large capacity, multi-cylinder sports motorcycle for road riders. Suzuki's first venture into the superbike market was largely successful, the GT stayed in production for five years. The three cylinders were arranged in-line across the frame, which could cause the middle cylinder to overhea...
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BMW R60

Posted by Howard Trott on Monday, January 20, 2014, In : German Motorcycles 
Having begun Post-War production with pre-war models, BMW's road motorcycles were comprehensively redesigned in 1955. The front and rear suspension on the new frames were provided by pivoting forks. The steering geometry and the strength of the new front suspension was ideal for sidecar use, and the BMW became the definitive sidecar machine. The combination shown here consists of a 1965 R60 mated to the classic German built Stieb sidecar. Special sidecar gearing was offered bu most manufactur...
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Motorcycle Helmets

Posted by Howard Trott on Thursday, January 16, 2014, In : Motorcycle Riding Gear 
A motorcycle helmet is the single most important piece of motorcycle clothing you will buy and not just because they are a legal requirement. The right motorcycle helmet fitted correctly could save your life in an accident. If you ever have to put a motorcycle helmet to the test and I hope you never do you'll be glad your wearing a good one.

There is no need to spend a fortune to get a motorcycle helmet that will provide an adequate level of protection. All motorcycle helmets sold in the UK h...
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World Superbikes

Posted by Howard Trott on Thursday, January 16, 2014, In : World Superbikes 
The Brands Hatch round of the World Superbike Championship has become, like the Bol D'Or and the Daytona 200, one of those occasions that transcends motorcycle sport. Crowds regulary run into six figures, making it the best attended one day sporting event in the UK.

Rewind back to 1988, and the first ever World Superbike race, and an optimist might have counted 10,000 people inside Donington Park. Take today's spectator back to that first race and they would have trouble recognising it as a W...
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History Of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

Posted by Larry Clark on Thursday, January 9, 2014, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 
Harley-Davidson got it's humble start when William Harley and Arthur Davidson produced the first production motorcycle in 1903. The motorcycle was to be a racing bike, and was built in a small shed wooden with the words Harley-Davidson Motor Company written on the front door. One year later Harley-Davidson had put out 3 production motorcycles for the public.

In 1905 Harley-Davidson wins it's first race and hires it's first employee. Three years later, in 1908, Harley-Davidson sold the first mo...
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Motorcycle Industry In India

Posted by Howard Trott on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, In : Motorcycle Industry In India 

The motorcycle industry in India has grown rapidly in the country since the announcement of the process of liberalization in 1991 by the then finance minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, now Prime Minister of India.

Previously, there were only a handful of motorcycle models available in the country. Currently, India is the second largest producer of motorcycles in the world. It stands next only to China and Japan in terms of the number of motorcycles produced and the sales of motorcycles respectivel...


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How To Buy A Motorcycle

Posted by Scott Sanders on Monday, January 6, 2014, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 

So, you've finally decided that you're ready to buy that motorcycle you've been dreaming about for the past 10 years. Congratulations! Do you know how to buy a motorcycle? This ATV buyer's guide will provide everything you need to know before you buy. Whether you're a seasoned expert or just getting started, the following will be beneficial to you.

Hopefully, you've already taken at least one motorcycle safety course and gotten your motorcycle license. If you haven't, you should do it ...


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Motorcycles - Types And Use

Posted by Carolyn Clayton on Monday, January 6, 2014, In : Guest Motorcycle Articles 

Until World War One the largest manufacturer of motorcycles was Indian who produced over 20,000 bikes per year. By 1920 this honour went to Harley Davidson. Today, the Japanese manufacturers, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha dominate the motorcycle industry, although Harley-Davidson still maintains a high degree of popularity in the United States.

Motorcycles have historically been associated with subcultures i.e. Cafe Racers of the 1950's and the Mod's and Rockers of the 1960's. In...


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Transportation Of Jewellery And Coins

Posted by Howard Trott on Thursday, December 26, 2013, In : Motorcycle Couriers 
Transportation Of Jewellery / Coins From Manchester To Birmingham. Tuesday 24th December.
Had a call from a lady who wanted items of jewellery and collectors coins picking up from a Jewellers in Manchester and brought to her home in Birmingham. The items were expensive and she didn't want to use a conventional courier so called us. One item in particular had been custom made and was only just finished.

Once payment had been made she emailed the relevant information and attachments through to u...
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Another Strange Delivery Destination

Posted by Howard Trott on Sunday, December 1, 2013, In : Motorcycle Couriers 
Working as a motorcycle courier you meet people from all walks of life and deliver consignments to some strange places and people. Solicitors must have it in for me as the strangest places and people I've delivered to have all been solicitors clients. This one was no exception. Had to deliver documentation to a lady living out in the sticks. It was pouring with rain and had been for a couple of days. The roads were fine until I hit the green belt, as every biker knows some country roads are a...
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Urgent Sample Delivery

Posted by Howard Trott on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, In : Motorcycle Couriers 
Urgent Sample Delivery from Preston to Birmingham. Monday 25th November.
Had a call from a company that needed a sample picking up from Preston and delivering to a client in Birmingham. Got my gear together, cranked up my motorcycle and off I went. Weather conditions were good and there was no traffic conjestion on the way to Preston. Its a bonus getting paid for riding my motorcycle and its a nice change from my normal line of work.

As I mention in an earlier post, the days of working full ti...
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Building Up A Toolkit

Posted by Howard Trott on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, In : Motorcycle Maintenance 
Good quality tools are as important to a motorcycle rider as a good set of riding clothes and helmet. The best and usually most expensive tools are really the preserve of the person who makes their living servicing and repairing motorcycles. The motorcycle rider services their motorcycle by following the manufacturer's recommendations on a time or mileage basis, but this doesn't mean that those old spanners and hammer that were found at the back of the shed will do.

 Purchase what you can affo...
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Transportation Of £10,000 Cash

Posted by Howard Trott on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, In : Security Motorcycle Courier 
Transportation Of £10,000 Cash From Chester To Manchester. Monday 18th November.
Had a call from one of our clients we do security work for. He needed a consignment of cash transported from his office to a client. This was an odd request as usually transactions like this are done by money transfer. He informed me his client wanted the money in cash as soon as possible.

For consignments such as this we use a lockable cash in transit box which is then locked in one of our Backpacks. The journe...
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Transportation Of Diamond Ring

Posted by Howard Trott on Sunday, November 17, 2013, In : Security Motorcycle Courier 
Transportation Of Diamond Ring From Manchester To Stourbridge Birmingham Friday 15th November.
Valuable consignments come in all shapes and sizes. Jewellery is one of the most valuable consignments delivered. Had to pick up a diamond ring from a jewellers in Manchester and deliver it to a private address in Birmingham. It was an engagement ring that had been bought but had to be re-sized. The client couldn't collect the ring himself so contacted us. Was sent through the documentation and a pic...
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Test Riding Motorcycles

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, November 16, 2013, In : Motorcycle Couriers 
To enjoy working as a motorcycle courier you must love riding motorcycles. If you look on it as just earning a living you'll end up loathing the job. I love everything motorcycle and have been riding motorcycles a long time, and still get a buzz every time I get on one. I'm luckier than most. I have a good friend that owns a motorcycle showroom. I test ride motorcycles for him when I have time and have ridden most makes and models.

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Royal Enfield Desert Storm

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, November 16, 2013, In : British Motorcycles 
Thousands of Royal Enfield Bullets were painted olive drab green, and desert beige during the Second World War, and saw action on all fronts. The Indian Army used them from 1949, and that paved the way for them still being around today.
I still look on the Royal Enfield as being a British Motorcycle even though its now made in India. Hence I've put this blog in the British Motorcycle category. As for the Desert Storm, far from being cheesy retro lash-ups, this Desert Storm ( and its Battle Gre...
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1988 Honda VFR750 RC30

Posted by Howard Trott on Saturday, November 9, 2013, In : Japanese Motorcycles 
Honda's RC30 is quite possibly the greatest motorcycle ever built. Not only was every motorcycle hand assembled by Honda Racing Corporation ( HRC ) in very limited numbers, the technology inside the great V4 engine is breathtaking. Add to this the beautiful styling and the fact it dominated just about every race series it ever entered, and you have a motorcycle that transcends legend.



The V4 engine is a work of art, inside the 16-valve 360-degree 'big bang' V4 motor gear driven cams run on bal...
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Transportation Of Jewellery

Posted by Howard Trott on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, In : Security Motorcycle Courier 
Transportation Of Jewellery Box/Jewellery. From Liverpool to Llangollen, North Wales. Wednesday 6th November.
Had to transport several pieces of jewellery and a jewelley box. Was informed total worth of consignments was around £18,000. That's why working as a motorcycle courier its important to get properly insured. Was emailed photos of the pieces I had to pick up.

So got my gear together and off I went. Pick up was hassle free, it takes no time getting to Liverpool. North Wales is a nice pl...

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Strange Delivery Destination

Posted by Howard Trott on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, In : Motorcycle Couriers 
Working as a motorcycle courier you deliver consignments to some strange places. Sometimes I deliver legal papers for Solicitors to their clients. One such place I delivered to was like something out of a horror film. The place was out in the sticks and was hard to find. Had to ride down a very narrow country lane which was full of pot holes and unkept hedges on either side. It seemed to go on for miles. It was the middle of winter, the sky was grey, and all I could hear was the noise of my m...
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Urgent Parcel Delivery

Posted by Howard Trott on Monday, October 28, 2013, In : Motorcycle Couriers 
Urgent Parcel Delivery from Warrington to Cardiff. Monday October 28th.
Had an early call from a Warrington company who had been let down by their usual courier and needed a parcel delivering to central Cardiff by 12 noon. It takes under 3 hours to get there by motorcycle, it would take alot less if the route didn't have alot of speed traps, and the Newport Police are always on the look out for speeding motorcycles.

Picked up the parcel and straight on the M6, its a straight forward route with...
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Transportation Of Valuable Necklace

Posted by Howard Trott on Sunday, October 27, 2013, In : Security Motorcycle Courier 
Transportation of Valuable Necklace from Manchester to London. Friday 25th October.
Had a call from a lady who needed an antique necklace picking up from her late Grandmothers house in Manchester and delivering it to her at London. There was no time deadline, but she wanted the necklace delivered the same day.
With items like these I lock them away in a steel lock box, which is then locked in a Backpack. With her Grandmother recently deceased I talked through everything slowly and put everythin...
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Minister Says Priority Is To Keep People Riding

Posted by Howard Trott on Monday, October 21, 2013, In : Motorcycle News 
Motorcycle riding government minister Mike Pennington says he's on a mission to make life safer, simpler and fairer for motorcyclists, and remove some of the many hurdles that put people off. Speaking to the BMF's government relations executive, Chris Hodder, Penning was keen to stress the importance of not only training riders, but also educating them in the importance of being properly equipped for riding. 'Its not so much about getting people on two wheels, but rather getting people to sta...
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Security Motorcycle Courier

Posted by Howard Trott on Friday, October 18, 2013, In : Security Motorcycle Courier 
For delivery of Valuable Consignments we are one of the safest carriers. Vans that usually transport valuable consignments are heavily armoured but still not totally safe. They are slow and easy targets. The couriers at Spartan Motorcycle Couriers are expert advanced motorcycle riders.

They are Security Operatives that also double as Motorcycle Escorts. Experts at taking evasive action, and one of the fastest on the road so uncatchable. High performance motorcycles in the right hands are exce...
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Tom Tom Rider 2 Motorcycle Satellite Navigation

Posted by Howard Trott on Friday, October 18, 2013, In : Motorcycle Couriers 
Satellite Navigation is essential for a motorcycle courier. Delivering consignments across the UK needs to be done as quickly as possible. Most of the consignments delivered are time critical and have to be delivered before a certain time. The Tom Tom Rider 2 Sat Nav is very easy to use. The touch screen is bright and the tabs are large.

 It has many settings including the fastest or quickest route options, which is handy if a speedy delivery is essential. The charger is wired to the battery a...
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Working As A Motorcycle Courier

Posted by Howard Trott on Friday, October 4, 2013, In : Motorcycle Couriers 
Anyone can work as a motorcycle courier. All you need is a motorcycle, telephone, and insurance. The same applies to van couriers. I know quite a few lads that have lost their jobs, so they bought a van got some insurance and had a go. Most of them don't last long.

 I came across a lad parked up at the services on the M6. He looked p***** off and was kicking his bike. As most bikers would do I pulled over to see if I could help. His bike had seen better days and was leaking oil everywhere. He ...
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Triumph Speed Triple R

Posted by Howard Trott on Sunday, September 1, 2013, In : British Motorcycles 

The Triumph Speed Triple is Hinckley's best selling model, with over 50,000 shifted since its launch in 1994, the naked bike is an icon, instantly recognisable and a machine that encapsulates the fresh spirit within Triumph. And now the spirit has gained even more sporting ability.

Specification
Price : £11,299 (£11,899 with ABS)
Engine : 1050cc 12v dohc inline triple
Power : 133bhp@9400rpm
Torque : 82lb.ft@7750rpm
Transmission : 6 speed, chain drive
Tyres : 120/70-17; 190/5-17
Kerb Weight : 212kg
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I have been riding motorcycles for over 30 years and still get a buzz every time I get on one. Enjoy the blog and ride safe. Howard.

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