Motorcycling facts for Ride To Work Day - and chance to win bike tyres

12:36 17 June 2012

Beating traffic on two wheels. Photo: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire

Beating traffic on two wheels. Photo: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire

PA Archive/Press Association Images

Excitement is building in anticipation of the 2012 Olympic Games later this summer but many Londoners are also bracing themselves for upheaval to their daily commute.

With the rail and Tube network expected to be bursting with tourists, and with road closures scheduled to allow athletes and dignitaries to get around London quickly, many people will be looking for alternatives ways of getting to work throughout the summer.

Scooters and motorcycles might just be the answer.

There are a whole host of benefits to taking to two wheels, and with national Ride To Work Day on June 18, now could be the perfect time to consider getting on two wheels for the daily commute.

Did you know?

Motorcycles and scooters are completely exempt from the central London congestion charge.

Parking in designated Bike Park bays in central London costs just £1 per day for motorcycles.

Motorcycles and scooters are much “greener” than most cars – some scooters can do more than 100mpg.

Competition

To encourage London bikers to get out and show support for National Ride To Work Day, we’ve teamed up with German tyre manufacturer Metzeler to give one lucky winner a set of motorcycle tyres of their choice.

Metzeler is a premium tyre manufacturer with an extensive product range to satisfy every rider, covering superbike, tourer, commuter, naked, adventure, cruiser, scooter and off-road machines.

Two runners-up will each receive a pair of paddock passes to a British Superbike round of their choice, where the Metzeler National Superstock series does battle at each exciting event.

Click here to enter the competition.

Bike review

Kawasaki's new Versys 1000 is a great all-round bike for the London commute.

Its relaxed upright riding position gives a commanding view of the road, and the wide handlebars and generous steering lock make it a doddle to pick a route through traffic.

The powerful 1043cc engine ensures that getting away from traffic lights or nipping past slower vehicles can be done quickly and safely, and the higher ratio top gears mean that cruising at motorway speeds is comfortable and smooth.

The Versys 1000 has a wide padded and contoured seat to make longer journeys comfortable, and Kawasaki designers have clearly extended the same consideration to the pillion seat too.

Although it's a big bike, the Kawasaki Versys 1000 offers good fuel economy of 45mpg - 55mpg depending on riding style and conditions.

Add in the benefits of cheap and plentiful parking for bikes and the absence of congestion charges for all two-wheelers, and next week's Ride to Work Day is the perfect time to think about getting into biking.

Related articles

Latest London transportation news

Monday, August 3, 2015
The new 24 hour strike is set for August 5 (Picture: Getty)

London Underground and the transport unions are trying to avoid a 24 hour strike from Wednesday, but giant Unite has already rejected the offer on the table.

Monday, August 3, 2015
Travellers were ushered out of the station (Photo: Steven Gray @Frogo)

All passengers were evacuated from Baker Street Underground station this morning because of a fire alert.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Prudential Ride London 2015 takes in the capital's most striking landmarks (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

The capital’s cycling festival is back this year bigger and better, so we’ve put together a handy guide with everything you need to know about Prudential RideLondon 2015.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Not fun: Part of the Victoria Line will closed in August and the rest of the line extremely busy

The top part of the Victoria Line will be closed for most of August, with no service between Seven Sisters and Walthamstow Central, and a reduced service on the rest of the line. Here’s everything you need to know about the closure.

Monday, July 27, 2015
Commuters face heavy traffic (Picture: PA Images)

Drivers are stuck in three-hour queues in some places due to a collision that has caused chaos on the M25, A2 Dursley Road and the northbound approach of the Blackwall Tunnel.

Monday, July 27, 2015
Euston station

Rush hour delays of up to 20 minutes are expected past 8am due to over-running engineering works between Watford Junction and Harrow & Wealdstone,

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Get your hands on some fresh trainers!

Need some new shoes to head to work or some new heels for a night on the cobbles? London24 has teamed up with online retailer Sole Trader to offer £100 worth of shoes to one lucky reader.

Read more
Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Read more
Terrific tea, creamy cakes and splendid sandwiches at Mews of Mayfair.

Celebrate a truly quintessentially British tradition with the chance of winning a luxurious Afternoon Tea for two people at Mews of Mayfair, complete with a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne.

Read more