The week in review – Reviews, road safety and road trips

Mojave Desert

Another busy week in the world of motorbikes has been and gone and we’ve got lots to review.

As ever, we’ve been beavering away at The Bike Insurer HQ bringing you the biggest news in the motorbike world as well as some interesting developments on our own front.

Our American road trip is over, more industry figures have been revealed and motorbike training and safety is firmly back on the agenda.

We run the rule over the hottest news brought to you by The Bike Insurer team this week.

1. The American Dream

Our American road trip is over, finished and complete after months of planning and ten days over on the other side of the pond.

It’s safe to say that Dave Jackson loved it. From the desert drives to the mountain climbs, coastal cruises and city slogs, Dave kept us in the loop with what he was doing and hopefully offered some informative insight into road trips for anyone who’s planning on doing one themselves.

We rounded up what we got wrong on our trip (so you don’t have to) and also what we got right (most of it!). We also gave some advice on finding motorbike road trip insurance and how to pack.

Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic in the Mojave Desert

2. Romance on the road

Dave also fell in love with his Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic when he was in America.

3. The UK racing scene

Back on British soil, things have been moving fast too, particularly Charley Oakland in The Bike Insurer British Women’s Racers Championship.

As the name suggests, we’re sponsoring the Thundersport series and Charley made a flying start in her attempt to win back the crown she last won in 2013.

Charley Oakland rear shot

With three podiums and two top tens over the first weekend, Charley’s season got off to a brilliant start.

The Bike Insurer’s sponsored rider, Lewis Osler, also started the Thundersport season well, achieving multiple top tens at Brands Hatch over the weekend.

4. Sales grow again

In industry news the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) revealed that motorbike sales grew for the 14th consecutive month in February.

Once again it was Honda that topped the bestselling manufacturer charts.

5. CBT to get tougher

Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) is set to get tougher in the UK after the Department of Transport (DfT) launched a consultation into motorcycle testing and assessment.

That means the structure and content of CBTs could be changed for the first time in 25 years while instructors could also come under closer scrutiny.

The aim is to improve road safety across the UK, a cause that was highlighted with this brutal road safety video from Northern Ireland.