“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.
Recently–released 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.
Michael Rutter (Mugen/Team Mugen) at the Creg ny Baa during the TT Zero race
A quiet revolution is taking place at the Isle of Man TT. It started two days before Peter Hickman’s record-shattering 135mph lap of the Mountain Course in the Senior race and it happened in near silence.
Michael Rutter won the TT Zero for electric motorcycles and set a new lap record with an average speed of nearly 122mph. That may not be as quick as the petrol-engined bikes – yet – but in less than 10 years the electric lap record has risen from 100mph to 122 mph. It took petrol-powered bikes 32 years (1957-1989) to find that extra 20mph.
That is a phenomenal pace of progress and it’s even more incredible when you consider that Zero bikes don’t have gears AND the rider has to moderate his speed to preserve charge in the battery. It won’t be long before these silent machines are matching the speed of the howling superbikes.
What’s even more exciting is that the second-placed electric motorcycle wasn’t developed and built by a multi-national corporation, but by students at Nottingham University – something unthinkable in the traditional classes. Electric motorcycle racing is coming. But you might not hear it!
Please come and be a part of the Easter Bunny Ride on Saturday the 24th March, and help raise funds for Children’s Hospice Southwest 😊
The meeting point will be Fowlers at 9.30am for a 10.00am start, riding to the hospice in Wraxall. (Please remember to fuel up before arriving!)
Easter themed fancy dress is highly encouraged, so please get your best biker bunny outfits on! 🐰
To donate please go to Virgin Money Giving – Easter Bunny Ride
The suggested minimum donation on the day is £5 – thank you!
We look forward to seeing you there!
Fowlers would like to say a big THANK YOU to Julie Thomas for her donation of 12 Heroes Easter Eggs!
These are going to the FIRST 12 people to CHECK IN to Fowlers on Facebook as you arrive for the Bunny Ride! (Participants only 😊)
Everyone taking part will also receive a CREME EGG and HOT DRINK from the registration tent on the morning of the ride 😃
PLUS the first 50 people to sign up at the registration tent on the morning of the ride will receive a pair of black or pink HELMET BUNNY EARS!! 🐰
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