Carole Nash has started a new social media initiative to bring people together through their love of riding motorbikes. It's called #BikerBuddy and it comes after a survey said two thirds of adults want to make new friends or struggle to keep up with their current ones.
The scheme aims to help bikers find new people to ride with, as well as giving rookies a place to get much needed hints and tips, from staying safe, to how to hit the apex properly.
To take part, tweet @InsideBikes with #BikerBuddy, send description of the type of biker you are, and the kind of biker buddy you're looking for; be it sports rider, Harley fan or retro rider and the #BikerBuddy scheme will try to match as many other riders as possible during the four week period that ends 17th April.
With the weather we've just had this weekend, what better way to get out and meet people with the same passion for bikes as you and I.
The oldest Vespa scooter in existence will be auctioned off in the coming weeks and is likely to pull in between 250,000 and 300,000 euros.
The 98cc scooter was produced back in 1946 as part of a limited “0 series” run of 60 units. It bears it's original chassis number, 1003, marking it as the third ever unit to be assembled; units 1001 and 1002 are lost to history.
According to the auction house Catawiki, incredibly, the Vespa #1003 is in working condition and will be sold with its original Italian registration documents.
The Vespa brand (which means wasp in Italian) has long since evolved from it's single model motor scooter manufactured in 1946 by Piaggio & Co. S.p.A. of Pontedera, Italy. Vespa now produces some of the most well known scooters in the world and is just one of seven companies today owned by Piaggio.
The auction runs until March 28. Currently there have already been 19 bids with the latest standing at $174,297.
The hotly anticipated and long awaited MotoGP™ 2017 season kicks off at the Losail International circuit in Qatar on Sunday. Four British riders, each having tasted grand prix success will be lining up on the 3.343 miles circuit just outside Doha for the opening round of the championship.
The last time that four British, grand prix winners raced in a premier-class grand prix was at Silverstone in 1979 (Barry Sheene, John Newbold, Mick Grant and Tony Rutter).
The Isle of Man based Midlander, roared to success on the LCR Honda last year, re-writing the history books with two MotoGP victories. The 31-year-old was the first British rider to win a premier class race for 35 years. He has continued to impress in pre-season testing and has every chance in the next 18 grands prix of winning more races, with the hopes of ultimate championship success.
Gloucestershire's main man came out guns blazing in the final test at Qatar last week. Riding the Octo Pramac Ducati, the 24-year-old was seventh fastest at the Losail International circuit.
If he can repeat that performance in the 22 lap race on Sunday, it would mark a perfect start for Redding, who is still the youngest ever grand prix winner.
Recovering from a serious knee injury from last August, Oxfordshire’s Bradley Smith faces a tough opening few races spearheading the new Red Bull KTM team’s maiden season in MotoGP. He'll be looking for points in the opening three flyaway grands prix starting on Sunday.
Lincolnshire boy Sam Lowe is making his MotoGP debut after two grands prix wins last year in the Moto2™ class. The 26-year-old, 2013 WorldSSP Champion, and now MotoGP™ rider has joined Aleix Espargaro in the Gresini Aprilia team.
Don't forget, you can now watch all the highlights from this MotoGP season on Channel 5. It's sure to be a thrilling ride.
The long awaited 2017 MotoGP™ season launches at the Losail International circuit in Qatar on Sunday. And now thanks to a new deal for 2017, the best bits of the FIM MotoGP™ World Championship, will be making their way onto Channel 5.
With the first Grand Prix just around the corner in Qatar, fans will now be able to catch up every Monday following the race - with a prime-time slot assured.
The deal comes after UK interest in the sport hit a new peak following Cal Crutchlow’s stunning victories in 2016. It marks the first time a Brit has been on the top step of a premier class podium since the legendary Barry Sheene in 1981.
Of course, that's not the only thing to be excited about; there's also the Dorna-backed British Talent Team lining up John McPhee in the Moto3™ category this year, as well as the debut of the British Talent Cup in 2018 to watch out for. It's sure to be exciting stuff.
Television schedules are as follows:
Thursday March 23 BT Sport 2 14.00 – 19.45
Friday March 24 BT Sport 2 14.45 – 18.45
Saturday March 25 BT Sport 2 14.30 – 18.30
Sunday March 26 BT Sport 2 13.45 -21.00
Radio – Sunday March 26 talkSport2
Monday March 27 Channel 5 19.00 Highlights.
Grand Tour presenter Richard Hammond has reportedly injured himself after falling off a motorbike while filming in Mozambique.
The crash is no doubt part of the shenanigans that normally goes on during the filming of Grand Tour, but Hammond has assured he is ok after posting on DriveTrive, the trio's new digital platform for motor enthusiasts:
"It's true, I did fall off a motorbike whilst filming recently for The Grand Tour in Mozambique. I banged my head, yes, along with pretty much everything else apart from my left thumb, which remains un-bruised. Can't tell you more yet about the how and why of it; that's all for later in the year on the show. As for injuries; well put it this way, I don't think I can get a book out of it."
Jeremy Clarkson had told the Sun newspaper: “He really did hurt himself quite badly.” After the crash, Hammond reportedly was knocked unconscious. Clarkson, when asked if they went to the hospital, however, said: “We don’t do hospitals.”
The former Top Gear presenters are no strangers to injury. Hammond sustained life-threatening head injuries and brain damage 11 years ago in a 288mph crash as part of a stunt on BBC’s Top Gear. He was in a coma for a fortnight, but left hospital after five weeks and eventually made a full recovery.