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  1. Celebrating 20 years of Tucano Urbano

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    Born on the street, Tucano Urbano represents the urban rider who wants riding to be as simple and safe as possible, whilst always remaining stylish. This year, Tucano Urbano celebrates twenty years since the brands inception; marking two decades of innovative product development, new riding solutions and expanding horizons in the world of two-wheels.
    Diego Sgorbati, Tucano Urbano CEO, said: “Looking back over the past twenty years, it is clear how far Tucano Urbano has come – from a small Italian brand with a niche product, to an international brand that now spans across every avenue of two-wheel riding. What’s vital to our success is our team; Tucano Urbano is made up of riders passionate about what we do so we approach every opportunity with enthusiasm and constantly push the boundaries of what we can create. We’ve already got a lot in store for the next twenty years.”

    BORN IN 1999
    Tucano Urbano started twenty years ago in Milan as a brand striving to make life on two-wheels simpler, safer and more engaging. Scooters were very common in Milan, born from the idea that life should be free and easy – an idea synonymous with the brand vision of total mobility. Since then, the Tucano Urbano brand has become a point of reference for urban riders.
    Light, straightforward and nippy in the city; scooters are designed to provide an easy ride. Urban riders don’t have time to put on bulky winter kit or worry about the weather reports, so when Tucano Urbano introduced the Termoscud®, the original leg cover, in 1999, there was finally a solution to a comfortable ride even in winter months. Tucano Urbano didn’t stop there, announcing more and more model-specific designs and design improvements such as the patented anti-flap S.G.A.S inflatable system, plus thermal control, anti-theft and smart holder systems, and spreading the technology to other big cities across the globe.

    BRAND EXPANSION
    Thinking against the stream, Tucano Urbano use modern technology paired with quality materials and an abundance of creativity to craft ideas into clever solutions, and year after year, the brand has continuously introduced a host of innovative products that make scooter and motorcycle riding more practical and protected. The original leg cover has since been joined by technical apparel, inventive accessories and dependable rainwear aimed for both scooter and motorcycle riders alike.
    In 2012, new partners arrived at Tucano Urbano, bringing a fresh approach to the expansion of the brand. Maintaining the four core pillars of the brand; cleverness, essentiality, practicality and value, Tucano Urbano started to grow with new clothing retailers and customer groups and shifted to focus on new international countries.
    In order to remain at the forefront of product innovation and design, Tucano Urbano pay close attention to the ever-evolving customer needs and trends. More recently, Tucano Urbano has launched two new brands; TU Bike, the new range for urban cyclists, and T.ur – Spirit of adventouring, the new clothing and accessories brand designed specifically for touring and off-road riders, expanding their product range to cover every type of rider, terrain and lifestyle.

    www.tucanourbano.com/gb/

    About Tucano Urbano
    Established in the late 90’s in Milan, Tucano Urbano produces urban-contemporary clothing and accessories traditionally linked to the world of two wheels. Tucano Urbano constantly enlarge the scope of the brand to reach a wider, international public of all ages and passions that appreciates a metropolitan, practicable style and, above all, the creativity of an original product.

     

  2. ITV ‘Speed Freaks’ show starts 9pm Wednesday 7th August – ITV 4

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    Multiple world speed record holder, Zef Eisenberg to front brand-new ‘Speed Freaks’ television show which will make its debut on Wednesday 7 August on ITV4 at 9.00pm.

    The first 6-part TV series will be broadcast weekly thereafter following daredevil Zef Eisenberg as he scours the nation to meet fellow ‘Speed Freaks’. Whether they’ve fitted a 24,000cc W12 aero-engine into a car, or built from scratch a full Dakar off-road racer, Eisenberg gets into the mindset, behind the wheel, under the bonnet and in to the saddle of Britain’s fastest cars and motorbikes.

    Each 60-minute episode features extreme wacky vehicles, major modifications and maxed up tuning, adrenaline-filled racing action, fantastic feats of engineering combined with the lots of laughter, stress and drama – A must see for any petrolhead!

    Check out the preview here: https://youtu.be/UkK9q2yNeeM
     
    The Speed Freaks show was commissioned for ITV4 by Paul Mortimer, Head of Digital Channels and is produced by Keshet Productions. Speaking on behalf of Keshet Productions David Williams said “This high-octane series features a high octane excitement, to indulge anyone with an interest in cars, motorsports and engineering. Zef’s need for speed and desire to break the Pendine land-speed record is infectious and makes for compelling viewing”.

    Each week watch Eisenberg as he challenges his own MADMAX Race Team to take a different vehicle and turn it in to the fastest machine of its kind before he braves life and limb to test it to its full potential.

    The knowledge gleaned during the shows play a crucial part in helping Zef and the MADMAX Race Team to build a crazy 1200hp specially road-legal Porsche 911 Turbo to set the all outright speed record at Pendine Sands.

    About Zef Eisenberg:
    Eisenberg best known for his motorbike exploits is a self-proclaimed ‘Speed Freak’ and no stranger to speed, he currently holds over 47 British and world land speed records including a prestigious Guinness World Record. His records include the world's fastest turbine bike (234mph), the UK's fastest (no-fairing) 'naked' bike (225.6mph), world’s fastest motorbike racer on sand ever at 201.5mph to Britain’s fastest-ever motorcycle crash at over 230mph. 
     
    In September 2016 Eisenberg nearly paid the ultimate price when disaster struck at 234mph during a motorcycle record attempt, riding a 560bhp Rolls-Royce jet turbine-powered motorcycle. He broke 11 bones, was hospitalised for three months, spent a further three months in a wheelchair and had to learn to walk again. He defied doctors by racing on the anniversary of the crash on the same track, and just 5 months later became the first man in history to break the 200mph barrier on sand on a motorbike when he recorded a top speed of 201.572mph at Pendine in May 2018.

  3. The Best Motorcycle Rental Option for Travelers When Visiting America

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    Let’s start it all with some statistics!

    Cars are usually driven for around 12,000 miles per year, whereas motorcycles ridden less than 2,000 miles. Moreover, there are only approximately 10 million motorcycles licensed in the U.S.A – with around 30 million licensed riders.

    In short, many people have the license to ride a motorcycle, yet few of them actually ride one daily, for example – not to mention the motorcycle rentals prices that are just not that appealing.

    Given the aforementioned statistics, let’s now talk about the best motorcycle rental option for those that are traveling to America. It goes without saying that you clearly have more than enough reasons to ride a motorcycle on one of the American roads – it’s no exaggeration when someone says that you’ll feel just like a movie star!

    Riders – Share!

    Let’s say that you plan on visiting Sin City and that you want to drive a motorcycle into the sunset – or at least in the evening, catching a glimpse of everything that’s surrounding you.

    However, you have no clue on which the best Last Vegas motorcycle rental option may be!

    What if we told you that, with our help, rental is now turning more into a sharing process? Exactly – why would you, as a traveler, scout the rental options within the city when you could find someone willing to share their bike with you? What Do I Need to Rent a Motorcycle in Las Vegas

    Our platform – Riders Share – gives you the opportunity to search for your favorite or preferred ride from actual motorcycle owners. By doing so, you won’t have to deal with any sort of rental agency or such.

    In short, you can enjoy a peer-to-peer motorcycle rental marketplace with us!

    The Benefits

    Naturally, there are benefits for both that list their bike for renting, as well as for those that rent it.

    First of all, if you want to rent out your motorcycle, we’ll provide you with our unique insurance policy, specially designed for this type of vehicles. As you may know, most personal or vehicle policies do not cover motorcycle rentals, meaning that you put your ride at risk whenever you rent it.

    However, that’s not something you should be worrying about if you’ve listed your bike on Riders Share!

    When it comes to travelers that rent a motorcycle, their safety is paramount! For this, we verify the criminal and driving track records and make sure that anything suspicious or bad stays out of our system. In short, both owner and renter are completely safe when using our platform.

    The Bottom Line

    Given the fact that motorcycle rental agencies/ companies are either too expensive or, in some cases, quite hard to find, it goes without saying why you should rely on Riders Share to find yourself a ride if you plan on visiting America!

    With just a 0.1% theft rate so far, a unique insurance policy, as well as a professional service, we are 100% certain that you’ll find the ride you need, successfully rent and ride it, while also having the best owner-customer experience when interacting with our bike sharers.

    Riders Share Makes Motorcycle Rental Insurance Simple

  4. The Most Dangerous Roads for Bikes in the East Midlands

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    Though bikers make up one percent of road traffic, they comprise 19 percent of all fatal traffic accidents according to the Department of Transport. There were 36.7 vehicles licensed for use in Great Britain and 83 percent, or 30.5 million, were cars. It goes without saying that motorbike riders need to take precautions to avoid accidents, but they should pay extra attention on specific roads.  The Most Dangerous Roads for Bikes in the East Midlands

    In addition the Road Crash Index, which has been created by the Road Safety Foundation in collaboration with the insurer Ageas to map out the risk of serious injury and death on Britain’s roads, there are new studies coming out about the safety of roads.

    The Road Crash Index reported that half of all of the United Kingdom’s road death concentrated on ten percent of roads—specially A roads outside of city limits and motorways. Since road death deaths increased in 2016, private entities are using the government figures to find out which roads are the most dangerous.

    Accident Studies A new study from the insurance company Swinton has analysed accident data provided by the government to reveal which roads are the most dangerous for bikers. The data from 2017 revealed that nine out of the most dangerous roads are in London. The other is in Wales. Though they aren’t the most dangerous roads in the country, the study put together a list of the most hazardous roads in the East Midlands.

    Dangerous Roads in the East Midlands

    Of the top ten most dangerous road in the East Midlands, five are in Nottinghamshire. These include Nottingham A6002, A6130, and A611, all of which are in the top five most dangerous roads in the region. Other roads on this top ten include Leicester A563 and A594, High Peak A57, Mansfield A60, East Northamptonshire A6, and Mansfield A6009. Number one most risky road the list for the region is Worcester A38.

    The Details

    The figures from the study show that 584 accidents occurred in the East Midlands during the year 2017. This was 400 more than in the North East, which has the title of least dangerous region for motor bikers. It has a stunning 3,000 less than London. According to MoneyPug, the site used to compare the best bike insurance, the accident rate also declined by six percent. Still the study showed that a staggering one in three motorbike accidents are serious or even fatal. It also showed that Friday is the most dangerous day of the week for motorcyclists and midday Sunday was the most common time for fatal accidents. 

    The Safest Roads

    While the North East is much less dangerous than London and East Midlands, it is not the safest place for motorbike riders in the country. The Road Crash Index has determined that Dunbartonshire has the country’s safest roads. It ranked the highest, with a 32 percent reduction in serious crashes between the years 2010 and 2012 as well 2013 and 2015.

    Not the Most Dangerous, but Not the Safest

    The roads in the East Midlands are not as dangerous as the roads in South Glamorgan, which ranked last of 78 counties. Serious incidents and fatal accidents have increased 27 percent. Still, they are far from the safest. It is the hope of insurance companies like Swinton that if we can raise awareness about the country’s most dangerous roads for cars and bikers alike, we can avoid tragedies and insurance claims. Local politicians have also began pushing for improvements on some of the more dangerous roads.

    Road Safety for Bikers

    It is important for bikers anywhere to be prudent about road safety since they are inherently more dangerous than cars. If you are properly trained, you are also a lot less likely to get into an accident. It is best to have the necessary experience before tackling the most infamous roads in the East Midlands, or anywhere else for that matter. For bikers, it is crucial to be on the defensive. Cars can hurt bikers a lot more than bikers can harm people in cars. With the proper experience and adhering to traffic laws, bikers can avoid accidents on the region’s most dangerous roads and keep themselves safe.

    The Most Dangerous Roads for Bikes in the East Midlands

  5. Big Tour Savings Riding NEW Yamahas

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    Tenere, Tracer 900 GT and Bolt motorcycles now available for our September 2019 Wild Wild West guided tours. They offer great value for money with savings of £600 per bike on our 2 week tour and £450 on the one week tours.

    For those of you who've ever asked about lighter bikes then these Yamahas make an ideal alternative to our fleet of Harleys.  And, combined with the opportunity to ride all the best bits of the American West and the golden state of California, what's not to like!

    On the Wild Wild West tour it's difficult to pick the top highlights....

    • Grand Canyon
    • Monument Valley and Navajo lands
    • Death Valley
    • Yosemite
    • Bryce Canyon
    • Zion National Park
    • Historic Route 66
    • Las Vegas glitz and glamour
    • San Francisco (Golden Gate Bridge, Napa wine valley, Alcatraz)
    • Pacific Coast Highway and Big Sur
    Call Linda NOW on 01256 771770 to take advantage of the Yamaha Wild Wild West tours offer. 

    And for all other fabulous Silver Jubilee offers CLICK HERE

    Orange & Black can also arrange flights, accommodation, specialist travel insurance and any other travel requests you have.

    Ride Safe

    David Grist