The week in review – Drugs, inflatables and road trips

Vegas in the rain

It’s Friday and that means it’s time for our review of the past seven days in the motorbike world.

For The Bike Insurer it’s been a busy one with our American road trip well under way and at the halfway point.

But it’s not just busy at The Bike Insurer HQ, with lots of news and announcements revealed in the past week.

From road safety announcements to new bikes for 2015, you’ll find it all in our week in review.

1. Drug-driving

Despite illegal drugs being illegal, and it being illegal to take illegal drugs and ride or drive a vehicle, legal limits have been issued for illegal drugs.

Confused? So were we but the UK government has slapped legal limits on drugs like cannabis, cocaine and heroin to make it easier to process prosecutions against guilty motorists.

What makes more sense is the government’s decision to place legal limits on prescription drugs like morphine and diazepam.

2. Inflatables in France

Peugeot has teamed up with Dainese to reveal a new piece of safety technology to go with its Metropolis three-wheeler.

3. The Bandit is back

Suzuki revealed the price tag for the 2015 Bandit 1250S this week and it’s affordable.

The model’s also been updated, despite its success in the UK which saw it named as the eighth most popular bike in The Bike Insurer’s Most Popular Bikes of 2014.

2015 Suzuki Bandit 1250S birds eye view shot

4. The Proclaimers used to promote Scotland

In one of the most shocking developments in advertising history, The Proclaimers’ ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 miles)’ has been used to promote some activity north of the border.

Despite the sarcasm, the news of a new tour of the Highlands is genuinely exciting.

The North Coast 500 starts at Inverness and goes west before looping around the northern edge of the Highlands and back down the east coast to Inverness, taking in some stunning sights and incredible roads along the way.

Yes, the route is 500 miles long but no, you wouldn’t walk it.

5. The Bike Insurer goes Stateside

The Scottish road trip brings us nicely on to the big news for The Bike Insurer as we’re halfway through our American road trip.

After starting in Vegas, our intrepid photographer has ridden through desert to Bakersfield, through mountains to Yosemite and across the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco.

From San Fran, Dave Jackson heads south to the beaches of California’s pacific coast via Laguna Seca and Los Angeles.

Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic in the foothills of Yosemite National Park

Still want more?

The other big news for The Bike Insurer concerns our sponsored riders.

Lewis Osler takes to the track this weekend in Rounds one and two of the Thundersport 500 series at Brands Hatch. He’s pitting himself against 58 other riders. You can hear Lewis’ thoughts on the upcoming season here.

Elsewhere, Dan Drayton announced his entry into the KTM RC Cup in the British Superbike paddock. Dan will race in the single-model series alongside his World Superbike commitments in the European Junior Cup (EJC).

Daniel Drayton cornering at the Mallory Park hairpin

Next page: Drug-drive regulations updated