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Motorcycle safety in the UK and providing links to safety organisations in the UK. I can also advise on road safety issues and some areas of road safety law in the UK although I can only offer guidelines, there is no substitute for a qualified legal advisor. Please do NOT ask me questions of a mechanical nature as I will be unable to answer. I am not a mechanic, I am a road safety advisor.

Experience in the area

I was a Gold Star Riding instructor in the eighties until a serious accident nearly cost me my life. I have been active in road safety for over ten years in the UK and have had success in having road safety measures implemented in various areas, mainly around our local schools. I have ridden motorcycles of all sorts (from GT750 waterbus to CB250 dream) since the late 70's and prefer four stroke road bikes, my favourite was my old CB750F. two strokes are too noisy, off-road bikes are impractical in this part of the UK. I now ride a 23year old Suzuki GSX600 (Teapot)


NABD. (National Association for Bikers with a Disability - Patrons; Suzy Perry, Billy Connolly) Ridesafe Backsafe M.A.G. NEBOSH


Local and regional newspapers.


RoSPA/Gold star rider. C&G in Commercial; and Domestic Electrical Installation.

Awards and Honors

Gold Star Riding certificate. (Now part of RoSPA)

Past/Present Clients

Wigan MBC Ridesafe Backsafe Brake

What do you like about this subject?

Freedom of the wind in your face, touring with total freedom and the fun! There's nowt to beat a ride around the Lake District in the summer with a few good friends!

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

As much as I possibly can ! I would love to get rid of the "Biker" label in the UK ... motorcyclists are not all greasy long-haired foul smelling layabouts! (And never have been except in Hollywood!)

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

I am also a writer and keen musician. I have written a few childrens stories, a field archery manual/guide and am working on a novel.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

90% of motorcycle accidents are caused by "Driver error" (Usually the person tucked up nice and safe in a metal box!) UK riders are fed up with being ripped off by high fuel prices

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Recent Answers from Andrew Booth

2014-10-06 motorcycling in Spain:

First of all, please accept my apologies for the late reply as I have been away for a few days on Church duties.  As far as I can ascertain from the regulations, you should be ok but I have included the

2014-03-25 Two Wheeler Motorcycle Training Schools.:

There is a large number of motorcycle training centres in the UK, many are listed in the yellow pages. As for other countries, I am not certain why there should be a shortage as it is very advisable to

2014-02-27 correct tire pressure of motorcycle:

First of all, you should never change the size of a tyre profile without checking with the bike maker first that it is safe to do so. The narrower profile may slip from the rim and a larger profile

2013-04-19 Automated Halt Mechanism on Brakes Failure:

Such a system already exists on the Honda Pan European and Deauville. BMW, Kawasaki, Triumph and Suzuki also have a similar system on their touring machines. The main problem is the fact that many riders

2012-12-28 is it head on or sideswipe:

I would  suggest that a loss of pressure  in the tyres is the least of your worries. The tyres could lose pressure for any number of reasons in that  situation. They could have been low to begin with in


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