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What type of biker are you?

Ask any member of the general public to describe a typical ‘biker’ and their answer will almost certainly involve an unshaven man in an open-face helmet, wearing a classic black leather jacket and sitting astride a Harley-Davidson. As seen in just about every TV series, movie or advert where a generic ‘biker’ stereotype is required.

Which is odd, because less than one in ten new bikes sold in the UK is a custom/cruiser style machine. Scooters outnumber them by more than two to one, as do adventure-sport bikes. Way more full-face and flip-front helmets are sold than open-face designs and textile clothing is far more popular than leather, probably thanks to its ability to cope with the ever-unpredictable British weather.

Come to one of the popular Bristol Bike Nights, held at Fowlers from May-September, and what strikes you is the sheer variety of motorcycles crowding the car park. You’ll see superbikes and scooters, classic British thumpers alongside old-school Japanese 2-strokes, and customised rat bikes, choppers and bobbers too. And much more besides.

It isn’t only the machines that look different – their riders do too. Sure, some are wearing black leather jackets, but others are dressed in more colourful modern designs, technical fabrics or even traditional waxed-cotton.

In fact, you’d struggle to find a ‘typical biker’ among them and perhaps that’s because one of the main reasons that people ride motorcycles, is because they don’t feel a need to conform. Unlike sports fans, who will tend to wear their team’s colours at a match to demonstrate their allegiance, it’s the bikes that unite motorcyclists. Anyone who has broken down at the side of the road will tell you tales of passing motorcyclists who stop to offer help, regardless of whether they’re riding similar machines or dressed the same way.

Here’s a fun game to play to prove there’s no such thing as a ‘typical biker’. Come along to the next Bristol Bike Night, or go along to any place where motorcyclists gather, and award yourself a point for every stereotype ‘biker’ you see, on a big V-twin cruiser, in a black leather jacket, unshaven and wearing an open-face helmet. If you get to ten, start counting the number of other motorcyclists present and see if you get past 100. Or just have a mug of tea and chat to everyone about their bikes!

Bikers are Better – FACT

“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.

 

BARGAIN HUNTER – ALPINESTARS GP PRO JACKET

Alpinestars GP-Pro

Alpinestars GP-Pro – Was £499.99 now £379.99

Alpinestars have been making top quality motorcycle kit since 1963 and are the choice of many of the world’s best racers, like Marc Marquez in MotoGP and John McGuinness at the TT.

The GP Pro leather jacket combines racing technology with with everyday comfort for road riders, so that it can be worn with leather trousers or biker jeans.
Made from 1.3mm full-grain leather, with external Dynamic Friction Shield (DFS) protectors on shoulders and elbows and advanced poly-textile accordion stretch inserts on back and elbows for a performance fit, the jacket’s racing pedigree is clear to see.
For road riding, the GP Pro is fitted with a 270 degree waist connection zipper, for attachment to Alpinestars’ riding trousers, has an extended lower back profile to prevent a gap between jacket and jeans, and reflective detailing for improved rider visibility.
CE-certified protectors to shoulders and elbows offer superior impact protection and an ingenious snap connection system allows a CE level 2-certified Nucleon KR-R Back Protector to be fitted, for ultimate protection.
MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves covered 20,000 miles in his GP Pro, describing it as his “favourite black leather biker jacket” and, after 5 years use, reckons it will “easily go on for another 5 years”.
If you’re looking for a top quality leather jacket that will last you for years, and you like a bargain, the Alpinestars GP Pro leather jacket is currently available from Fowlers Motorcycles for just £379.99, a saving of £120 compared to the regular price of £499.99.

FROM ZERO TO HERO AT THE TT

PICTURE BY DAVE KNEEN/PACEMAKER PRESS.; www.iomtt.com

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!

 

Easter Bunny Ride!

 

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

http://fowlers.bike/donate

The suggested minimum donation on the day is £5 – thank you!

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

***UPDATE***

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!! 🐰

 

Facebook Event Page

http://fowlers.bike/bunnyride