Archive for June, 2016

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Jun

2016

Castle Combe Motorcycle Grand National

Six times World Champion, Jim Redman, will be making his Castle Combe debut at the Wiltshire circuit’s annual Grand National meeting over the weekend of Saturday & Sunday, 2nd & 3rd July.

It’ll be a rare opportunity for you to witness Redman, on the 500cc 4-cylinder Honda race bike, completing several laps of the track during Sunday’s Tribute Parade. He’ll be joined by David Hailwood and Freddie Sheene, the sons of two other famous racing icons.

There’s plenty for you to see and do on both days at the Grand National, which is being backed by Fowlers, who will be displaying the 2016 line-up of KTM motorcycles for you to check out.

You’ll be treated to a packed programme of 20 races each day, including rounds of the ACU 125GP and 250GP British Championships, as well as sidecars and just about every solo class imaginable, plus the Classic Parade.

Another great motorcycling name will be celebrated at the Grand National, with the launch of the Ray Petty Trophy for the first Norton home in Sunday afternoon’s Lansdowne British Historic Championship feature race. You may recall that Ray was an accomplished racer & tuner during the 1950s and some of his bikes will be on show, as well as the unique Norton-powered Petty car.

Nortons from a later era will feature too – Steve Spray will demonstrate one of the JPS Rotary bikes that he rode to British Championship success in the late 1980s.

As part of its 90th anniversary celebrations, Fowlers are backing the coveted ‘King of Castle Combe’ Trophy Race again this year, which is also a milestone for the Castle Combe Circuit, as it’s celebrating the 65th anniversary of its first bike meeting, back in 1951.

For further information visit www.castlecombecircuit.co.uk, where details of tickets can be found.

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29

Jun

2016

Latest Offers 29/06/2016

By Charlotte Davis

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Jun

2016

GWAAC Ride 4 Life

By Charlotte Davis

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Jun

2016

Latest Offers 23/06/2016

By Charlotte Davis

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Jun

2016

Monday (20th June) was the longest day of the year and and we had the pleasure of having James Archibald stop in on his ‘MCN Longest Day‘  journey to Land’s End! Have a look at his article below.

MCN Longest Day - James Archibald

MCN Longest Day: En route to Bristol

As the day turns into early evening, I arrive at Fowlers of Bristol on my way through to my endpoint which will ultimately be at Lands End to see the last of today’s light (hopefully).

After all the rain of the morning and early afternoon, I have yet to get a good soaking, in fact, here in Bristol it’s blue skies and sunshine – a fact that I’m quietly pleased about. Much to the dismay of my other colleagues, who have all been soaked to the bone in the east and in London. I’m trying not to feel a little smug (and failing at it) before the realisation sets in that I’m only here on a flying visit and my mission is far from over.

With sundown being around 9:30 this evening I must push on if I have any hope of getting there on time. Before taking traffic (at rush hour) and fuel stops into account, my end destination is still 3 hours 45 minutes away according to Google. Time to press on, the race is on.

Fowlers are also running a photo competition to coincide with the Ride to Work week where you could win some new bike gear. Check out their facebook page for more.

 

 

To view the full article visit www.motorcyclenews.com.

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Jun

2016

 

Fowlers Ride To Work Week 2016 Photo Competition

 

Fowlers is holding an online photo competition to celebrate Ride To Work Week 2016! Simply send your best ‘Ride To Work Week’ picture for a chance to win amazing summer ‘must-have’ gear worth MORE THAN £400!

From 12:00am on Monday 20th June until 11:59pm on Sunday 26th June simply submit a photo of yourself with your bike (must be safe and stationary!) on your journey to work. Give your image a caption including why you ride to work, how far you have to travel and what you like about your ride in.

Entering couldn’t be easier! Either upload your photo by filling in the form found on RTWW2016 Photo Competition. You can also enter by uploading your photo to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #FowlersPhotoComp. If you use this method, remember, your profile must be public in order for your submission to be entered.

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Jun

2016

Commuting-traffic-motorcycleRide to Work Week (20th to 26th June) highlights the benefits of commuting via motorcycle and scooter, which is being actively encouraged by Northamptonshire County Council.

 

The Ride to Work team has produced a video showing why this decision makes sense:

https://youtu.be/unS274SU9OM

                                                                                                                                                  

John Spencer, Team Leader of Road Safety and Travel Choices, Northamptonshire Highways, says:

 

“As part of our modal shift strategy Northamptonshire County Council intends to embrace motorcycles and scooters as a sustainable transport mode within the future countywide transport programme. Greater use of motorcycles can bring environmental, congestion and accessibility benefits, particularly on journeys made for commuting to places of employment or education.”

 

He also added:

 

“The road safety team in Northamptonshire is committed to improving safety for all road users but is also looking at encouraging different ways to travel. In 2015 we carried out a motorcycle survey to reaffirm why people were using motorbikes, but also why they were not!  We collaborate with various partners like the Motorcycle Industry Association, Get on Team and the Ride to Work team, to encourage people to take up motorcycling as a safe, sustainable and better way of getting around.”

 

Background to Northamptonshire project

 

  • Motorcycle Northants was recently launched by Northamptonshire County Council, making it the first local authority in the UK to actively encourage a modal shift towards motorcycles, which is currently just 0.4% of all commuter traffic in the county.  This is part of a wider plan to encourage sustainable transport options, which also include cycling, walking and using public transport.

 

  • Motorcycle Northants will encourage the county’s leisure riders to use their bikes to commute, especially where distance by pedal bike is impractical, aiming for an initial modal shift of 3%.  Each day in Northamptonshire, an estimated 43% of commuter journeys are made by just one person in a car or van, so there is great capacity for some of these to be made on a powered two wheeler.

 

  • Northamptonshire recognises that journey times on motorcycles are shorter due to the ability to filter and reduced pressure on parking. This helps all road users, which is backed up by a European study showing when just 10% of car drivers swapped to a motorcycle, scooter or moped, then congestion for all road users is reduced by 40%.[1]

 

  • As a county which relies heavily on the distribution/logistics industry, it is important that the roads do not become congested.  For the first phase of the project, Motorcycle Northants has put a framework in place to make sure existing and new riders have access to high quality training providers.

 

  • A second phase of the project will include looking at increasing motorcycle friendly infrastructure on roads and working with employers to encourage the availability of workplace changing facilities and motorcycle parking.

 

  • Around two-thirds of motorcyclists do not have commuter cover on their policy, so major motorcycle insurers Ageas, ERS and Carole Nash are making commuter insurance cover available free to existing customers during Ride to Work Week. [2]

About Ride to Work Week

 

National Ride to Work Week spotlights the many benefits of commuting on a motorcycle, scooter or moped and will be particularly active in Northamptonshire this year.  The county’s residents will get the chance to try a motorcycle for free with Get On – the motorcycle industry’s free ‘try out’ programme – during Ride to Work Week.

 

  • These are available after work each evening at the Obelisk Centre, Kingsthorpe, Northampton, NN2 8UE.  Monday 20th to Friday 24th June between 6pm and 9pm each evening.

 

  • Also available on Saturday 25th June at the Silverstone Circuit, Towcester, Northampton, NN12 8TN between 9.15 am and 4.30 pm.

 

  • Get On sessions are with professional instructors and last for half an hour. All protective clothing is provided.  Get On provides a safe and structured introduction to motorcycling.  There are also opportunities to try motorcycling in several parts of the UK during the Summer and Autumn.  Booking via the website geton.co.uk or by calling 02476 408040.

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