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London-based startup RideTo aim to break down the learning-to-ride barriers

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Starting out on two wheels can be a daunting process if you have little or no experience of riding a motorcycle, but a new UK-based startup is looking to shake things up a little.

The thought of attempting a CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) for a new rider can be nerve wracking and worrying. We have all been there, wobbling around the cones and stalling while trying to balance the biting point on the clutch. And these days, with the hoops and hurdles to undertake before even getting to swing your leg over a motorcycle, it can be even harder…

In the UK, the CBT is the entry level course which enables a rider to ride up to a 125cc powered machine if they are over the age of seventeen; a 50cc machine awaits if you are a nipper aged sixteen. The CBT certificate is valid for two years and will need to be renewed if the rider doesn’t complete a full licence category.

I’ve passed a CBT course twice, once when I was sixteen and second time when I was twenty-two. On both occasions I was a bag of nerves but they say it’s impossible to actually fail your CBT, and since passing I’ve never looked back. I actually passed my full test in 2015 and ripped up my L-plates forever! Which was an absolute relief, because I’ll never want to go through all of that rigmarole again. It’s daunting process for anybody, especially if you don’t have any mates to help you navigate the many pitfalls.

But that’s where RideTo come in; they say that the entire process of obtaining a CBT has now been simplified thanks to their handy new website.

RideTo will assist riders every step of the way from thinking about beginning to ride, to getting you into and through your actual test. They also have a live chat feature on their website to answer any queries a new rider may have. Everything has been well thought out by RideTo and they have plenty of advice to give; even insurance and riding gear can be found via their website – because being safe and road legal is paramount, obviously.

The site was created by James Beddows, who got fed up with the daily commute on a packed underground train and one day made the decision to commute on a scooter instead. James found the process of obtaining a motorcycle license frustrating and time consuming, but rather than complaining on social media or being so put off by the ridiculous process and getting back onto the train, he found himself inspired enough to make a change. And so he created RideTo to get rid of the pain that he experienced… And to make motorcycling more accessible for everyone.

Aiming to break down barriers and revolutionise the learner rider market is no small feat – especially for a new company like RideTo –  but the premise of the site is simple enough that it just might work…

Through their website a learner rider will be able to: book CBT’s, obtain a provisional licence and all the way through receive general tips and tricks to stay relaxed during the course. Simply input a postcode and their website will generate a list of riding schools in close proximity. From there, the rider can compare prices of different riding schools and even check out the reviews from other like minded learners. The CBT can then be booked via rideTo.com and they will even contact the riding school on your behalf!

So where’s the scale in that? Good question and we’re glad you asked. The answer might be more obvious than you might expect. Delivery riders.

RideTo has already helped thousands of new riders get on two wheels and is also actively working with some pretty well known service/technology companies like Deliveroo and Pizza Hut – and others – within the courier delivery sector to help all of their new riders get into employment with courier positions.

Currently twenty riding schools are working alongside RideTo in London alone but the plan is to increase these numbers. The goal for RideTo is to get one hundred thousand riders onto two wheels within the next couple of years. As well as expanding nationwide and eventually involve all licensing categories.

The motorcycle industry has received a lot of bad press recently so it’s great to see a positive input from a new rider platform. Check out RideTo.com and get involved with the motorcycling community.

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James has been riding motorcycles for 4 years, commutes to his day job on his trusted Yamaha Fazer and loves anything Modern-Retro and customised.

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Is the Manx Missile Cavendish about to trade cycling lycra for motorcycle racing leathers?

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Could the Manx Missile hang up his lycra and pedals for something a little more petrol propelled?

Mark Cavendish has been the fastest thing on two (pedal-powered) wheels for a while now, but in recent interviews, the Isle of Man native and good friend of Cal Crutchlow has expressed an interest in two-wheeled vehicles of a motorcycling kind.

Speaking in an interview with Esquire Magazine from when he was in Abu Dhabi for the Formula One last year, Cavendish shared his love of fast cars and bikes, telling the interviewer that he’d ‘always loved anything to do with motors, or machines… Vehicles really. Just love them’. Before being asked if he’d ever considered being an F1 driver?

‘Nah. I don’t think I’m good enough. Everybody thinks that it’s like driving a car down the promenade, it’s totally not the same. To be honest, I prefer motorbikes more; I would like to race them instead.’

Ok, so it’s not a huge admission or a massive surprise – it’s something we’ve all probably dreamed of and one time or another, but when pressed on the issue he does seem to have considered the possibilities more than just in passing.

When asked if motorcycling racing might actually be next for him he replied with an emphatic, ‘In all seriousness, I think so’.

Adding fuel to the fire have been comments from him earlier this month made during press conferences in support of the Dubai Tour.

When asked explicitly if he’d consider hanging up his cycling blocks for motorcycle leathers, he certainly didn’t dismiss the idea, ‘Anything is possible, you know… I will just look at my options for the short term and the long term and see what I do with my future’.

So that’s definitely not a no.

For cycling fans fearful that he might be closer than expected to making the jump, there’s probably not any immediate cause for panic. In the very same Esquire feature he also explicitly stated that he had a ‘fair few years‘ left in his professional career.

Could a cycling pro move over to motorcycles with any expectation of success? Multi-discipline racers aren’t unheard of. Rossi loves his car racing and Lewis Hamilton has always expressed an interest in a taking turn in MotoGP.

But that’s from a motor vehicle on short track racing onto another motor vehicle on a similar track. We’d imagine that the speeds and skills involved from pedal cycle to internal combustion engine are a little less transferable for any moral human.

But then Mark Cavendish isn’t your average human being and reports suggest that the times that he has spent on track have been pretty impressive.

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Indian electric Emflux claims 120mph, over 100 miles range for under £8,000

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Startup company put its first electric sportsbike concept on display, alongside some impressive claims.

The Emflux can hit 62 mph in 3 seconds and charges to over 80 percent in half an hour. Couple that with a range of around 115 miles and a top speed of 120 mph and you have an electric motorcycle to pique anyone’s interest. Throw in a claimed price of under £8000 and you get the room to take notice.

That’s what the Indian startup Emflux did this week at the 2018 Auto Expo in New Delhi.

The 25-strong company has completely developed the machinemachine i and the team have designed everything except for the brakes, suspension and tyres.

Featuring a steel-trellis frame and single-sided swingarm, the chassis of the machine certainly looks the part, and along with the 60kW motor and 9.7 kWh lithium-ion cell battery the entire package only weights 169 kgs.

Alongside the mechanics, the technology on-board features a built-in GPS system, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity – all alongside an NVIDIA Jetson TK1 core processor. That’s a mighty big brain to go alongside some mighty big claims from the startup firm.

The company say that they are planning to build 199 of the bikes for the local, Indian market, with another 300 for export.

Oh and if you want Ohlins suspension, forged alloy wheels and carbon-fibre bodywork, then the price will go up by another £10,000 or so.

With new companies coming out with interesting designs and ideas for new electrically powered motorcycles almost weekly now, surely it’s time for one of the major manufacturers to step in? Isn’t it?

Source: Emflux

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