Ian Malone
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Ian Malone

Ian is the Editor and a co-founder of Biker & Bike.

He is obsessed about bikes to the point that he often starts conversations with new people by saying, "Please don't get me onto the subject of bikes. We'll be here all day."

Inevitably, the next question asked is nearly always, "What bike have you got, then?"

He owns four bikes right now:

'78 Kawasaki Z650
'97 Triumph Daytona 955i
'02 Suzuki SV650s
'09 Yamaha R1

At any one time, only two of these bikes are ever working, as you can read about on our blog.

Mayor's Transport Strategy
Life on bikes

Today the Mayor of London published his draft Mayor’s Transport Strategy, a document that will set out how the city’s people will be moving around for the next few decades. Before we weep over it, apologies must go to our non-London readers for occasionally becoming so Capital centric, but what

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Vigilantes against bike thieves
Life on bikes

There has always been a war between the people who work hard to pay for and legally ride their bikes and bike thieves. That war was always conducted quietly – by taking measures to protect your bike from theft. But bikers are losing that war and the battle is spilling

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Cover your number plate
Advice

There is a myth among bikers that if you cover your number plate you can avoid getting a parking ticket in a marked bay. Unfortunately, it seems it’s just that – a myth. However… This article came about because the other day I had no other option but to park

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Forced to sign insurance document
Insurance advice

Insurance auto-renewal sucks. It’s supposed to be there to ensure you don’t find yourself riding around uninsured. That’s the aim. But the fact is too many bike insurers use automatic policy renewal to quietly raise your premiums. My previous insurer tried it on with me. Luckily, I followed the advice

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Motorcycles and transport planning
Life on bikes

With one or two notable exceptions, your local town really doesn’t want you riding motorbikes. They’re scared of them, which is why motorcycles rarely feature in transport policy to alleviate congestion and pollution. We looked at plans from 10 UK cities to see how motorcycles are integrated into their transport

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Excess insurance for motorbikes
Insurance advice

Want a way to reduce your motorbike insurance costs, legally and safely? You don’t have to accept sky-high premiums on a sports or superbike, custom bike, big tourer, big cruisers, big adventure bike or anything else expensive. You need to get wise on your insurance. Unless you live in a

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Bike pursuit by police
Campaigns

If a motorcycle-riding criminal drives dangerously a pursuing police driver cannot also drive dangerously to catch them. Because if they do, they face the risk of prosecution, including a possible prison sentence. That’s the point of law that, along with current Police and Home Office policy on protection of vulnerable riders,

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UK bike sales down
Life on bikes

Figures released by the Motorcycle Industry Association show a 14% year-on-year decline in new bike sales. It’s the fifth month in a row that new bike sales have declined. With around one-third of bikers never buying another bike following a theft, it’s possible that some of the decline in sales

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HJC RPHA 11 or Shoei NXR
Gear and kit

The plan was to review the new Monster Energy liveried HJC RPHA 11 up on the one-way, unrestricted speed limit Mountain Road at the Isle of Man TT, test it at insane speeds and compare it to the legendary Shoei NXR. We got to the TT, but the Mountain Road wasn’t

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Counter terrorism squad motorcycles
Campaigns

London’s motorcycle crime is out of control with criminals on high-powered scooters running amok in the Capital’s streets, stealing bikes left, right and centre, wielding hammers, knives and even worse. The bad news is, The Met police’s latest announcements do little to convince us that the situation is going to

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