Bikers banned for speeding could be forced to pass a super-tough test before getting their licence back.
The proposals were included in a document on drink driving but extended to those given an immediate ban for speeding – riding at 100mph or more on a motorway – dangerous driving and drug ...
Once you own one bike, the temptation to own another can be huge, especially if you want to own a range of classic and modern motorbikes.
But insuring each one separately would be a massive cost, so it’s wise to search around for a multi-bike policy.
By their very nature, multi-bike ...
How to check your credit rating
What is it?
A credit rating is a score based on your financial history of borrowing, spending and saving, which allows lenders to advance you money responsibly and profitably.
It’s an invisible factor that can have a huge impact on your life even if you’re currently unaware ...
How to get cheaper insurance
What not to do
Don't exaggerate, underestimate or lie. Don't keep secret something you know will inflate your premium. Don't use alternative descriptions of your job that you think will get cheaper premiums. Don't understate modifications to your bike. Don't say you won't take pillions if you ...
Not all tins of baked beans are the same. They do not have the same ingredients (policy terms). Some contain more water than beans (more exclusions, higher excess payments). They are not all of the same quality (service standards).
Not all are from trusted brands (unknown insurers). Some beans that have ...
Buying insurance is a total nightmare.
But what if I told you that it was you and I who had insurers waking up in a cold sweat with images of motorbike-riding ghouls in their minds? My two-day quest to insure my first bike has got me thinking it's not the insurers ...
You can’t compare motorcycles or motorcycle insurance just by looking at price. Just as there are different makes, models, riding styles, engine sizes and 100 or more other factors when choosing a bike, there are wide variations in insurance policies.
The sort of policy you need for a brand new bike ...
This site, like my project bike (right), is a work in progress, so bear with me.
I’ll soon have a phone app to help you keep track of fuel consumption and other bike spending. It will remind you that your MOT is due, the bike needs a service and when to check your tyre tread.
I’ll be looking for your feedback on what to include in the first upgrade – should we add in recommended cafés, B&Bs and campsites or enable communication between users, for example.
Motorcyclists don’t get the best service from finance firms, partly because we’re such a diverse bunch that it’s hard for the industry to research the market and know what we want.
Together, through the-zebra.com, we can change that. Together we can be a powerful voice, forcing insurers and lenders to offer better products and better value for money.
More to do
I’m still compiling lots of info – I’m working on breakdown/recovery providers and travel insurance and I will be looking for suggestion of where people can get cheap spares and parts.
I am also compiling a list of all the companies involved in motorcycle loans and insurance and that is taking some time, as you can imagine.
But don’t worry about interrupting me. I want to hear your suggestions, tips for getting good value for money and help with any problems. Get in touch, either using the contact page or with more detail if you have got a gripe about a finance firm.