9

Aug

2018

Press Adverts – 09/08/18

By Fowlers News

7

Aug

2018

Whatever happened to WSBK?

By Fowlers News

Hands up who remembers Carl Fogarty BEFORE he was King of the Jungle? Famous for his high corner speeds and aggressive attitude on the track, he won four World Superbike Championships between 1994 – 1999. And he attracted huge crowds wherever he went – 120,000 flocked to Brands Hatch in 1999. I was one of them. It was crazy. There was a bike-jam on the M25. It felt as if every biker in Britain had descended on the Kent circuit.

Fast forward 20 years. Would you recognise Jonathan Rea? You know, the triple World Superbike champion (2015-’17). Not only is he British, he was awarded an MBE for his sporting efforts and was even nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year.. Yet only 37,000 came to see him race at Donington last year.

So why aren’t we more excited about a British rider dominating an international series?

A quick glance at the entry list for the late Nineties WSBK series gives you a clue; names like Colin Edwards (AKA ‘The Texas Tornado’), Italy’s Frankie Chili, ‘Nitro’ Nori Haga from Japan, Aussie Troy Corser and Kiwi Aaron Slight jump out at you. These guys were big stars with big personalities from around the world, which made for an exciting and colourful series.

Last year, the top three in the WSBK championship were all British, so you might as well be watching the domestic series.

Is there a quick fix? The obvious answer is to attract some big names from around the world, but where would you find them? MotoGP is dominated by Spanish and Italian riders and it’s hard to imagine VR46 switching to a ‘junior’ series, no matter how much cash he was offered.

Maybe Jonathan Rea should audition for a reality TV series to boost his profile next year.

 

2

Aug

2018

Press Adverts – 02/08/18

By Fowlers News

2

Aug

2018

Light, flexible and breathable, Piaggio’s new Summer Gloves are designed to make scooter riding on hot summer days much more comfortable.

The palm is predominantly made from Clarino – a man-made alternative to leather that out-performs leather in some applications, yet retains its softness, even when wet, and is microporous, to allow moisture and heat to escape.

This works with mesh panels on the back for ventilation, to keep hands feeling fresh.

The short cut means they can sit easily under the cuffs of summer riding jackets and also allows airflow around the wrists and forearms.

For added comfort and dexterity, the gloves use stretch fabric, and the Neoprene cuff, with Velcro closure, ensures a secure fit. Thermoplastic rubber knuckle protectors complete the package.

Piaggio Summer Gloves come in sizes S-3XL in classic black with a subtle Piaggio Logo injected on the wrist closure. They retail at £49.00 including VAT.

For further details of these and to see the complete range of Genuine Piaggio accessories, visit www.fowlersparts.co.uk

30

Jul

2018

Bikers are Better – FACT

By Fowlers News

“Police operation follows fears about speeding bikers” and “Police urge residents to report nuisance bikers” are fairly typical of headlines that portray motorcyclists as irresponsible hooligans tearing around Britain’s roads.
We’ve heard it all before and it’s really frustrating, because we know how hard it is to get a bike licence. For the past 35 years, riders have had to complete TWO practical tests for a full motorcycle licence in the UK. Yet you still only need to pass one practical test for a car licence. The bar is set much higher for bikers, so you’d expect a higher proportion of people to pass their car test.
In fact, the opposite is true.
Recentlyreleased government statistics show that between January-March this year, only 45% of people managed to pass the practical car test. That’s less than half who made the grade. In the same period, more than 70% passed their bike test – 71% successfully completing module 1 (CBT) and a whopping 73% pass rate for module 2.
We’re talking big numbers here, too. Nearly 10,000 people took module 1 tests in those three months and just under 9,000 attempted module 2. 
There you have it. Clear evidence that motorcycling attracts more competent road users than cars. We’ve known it all along and now we have the numbers to prove it.

 

26

Jul

2018

Press Adverts – 26/07/18

By Fowlers News

19

Jul

2018

Press Adverts – 19/07/18

By Fowlers News