Winter may have come and gone, the sun is shining and the roads are dry so it's about time for the less-hardy 'all-weather' riders to bring their motorcycles out of hibernation. Plenty have been washed but not ridden. Some have been bought or sold while others haven't had their insurance renewed, but before the keys are grabbed please do cast your eye over the below to ensure you and your machine are prepped for the road…
The best way to check your bike over is to thoroughly clean it as you’ll get up-close and be more likely to spot any problems. It’s also worth using a variation of the police pre-ride check-list – P.O.W.D.E.R.S. – ideally every time you go out…
If you haven’t had the battery on charge, check it at least the night before to see that the bike will start easily. If it won’t, charge it off the bike with a suitable bike charger; jump-starting from a car could lead to damage to the electronics so is best avoided. For more on charging your bike battery, click here.
It goes without saying that you must have valid insurance in place before hitting the road, but its also worth checking your policy and updating any changes that may have happened over the winter. For Bennetts customers, your policy documents are always available online using the 'My Account' feature and you can also inform us of any changes using the Online Service Centre.
Because your motorbike hasn’t turned a wheel, there’s a fair chance you’ve not either, so ask yourself these questions…
Motorcyclists won’t be the only frustrated – and perhaps a little rusty –road users; millions of drivers, cyclists and others will be stretching their legs, while concentration and road-awareness levels may have slipped. Just be extra cautious and be considerate – a lot of people are struggling for work and stress level will be ride. Think ‘what if’, back off at junctions, and give yourself those extra few seconds…
Part of our mission at Bennetts is to help riders get more from motorcycling, so we’ve worked closely with the experienced instructors from Shires Motorcycle Training to produce this exclusive half-day program. No matter the size or type of machinery you ride, the team of instructors will closely review your riding technique over the three-and-a-half-hour training course on a purpose-laid, twisty (off track) circuit to help build confidence, improve riding ability and even to overcome any bad riding habits.
Choose from either a morning (08:45–12:30) or afternoon (13:15-17:00) group and you be guided through a range of theory and practical exercises in a controlled environment, that includes:
Slow speed control manoeuvres
There are 5 dates available in 2023 starting at just £99 per person for BikeSocial members and a guest (£119 for non-Bennetts customers click here). This opportunity is expected to sell out fast so book your place today to avoid disappointment.
Monday 17th April '23 - Bedford Autodrome
Wednesday 10th May '23 - Donington Park
Tuesday 11th July '23 - Brands Hatch
Monday 17th July '23 - Bedford Autodrome
Tuesday 15th August '23 - Donington Park
Download these dates to your prefered Calendar, by downloading this .ICS file
Please note, all training takes place off-track. No special equipment is needed. Any type and engine size of motorbike is allowed, although must be road legal and insured. Riders must hold a valid motorcycle licence or CBT and wear appropriate clothing for riding.