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Free Access to 'Horsepower Heaven' at National Bike Safe Event - January 24th 2006

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    The annual National BikeSafe event, supported by the major motorcycle manufacturers, is taking place on April 1st and 2nd at Cheltenham Racecourse in Gloucestershire. The event will run from 10am - 5pm on both days and entry is free.

    This event is unique, in that it provides the opportunity for people to admire the up to date models on display and benefit from a free BikeSafe assessed ride and assessment provided by some of the UK's top motorcycle police.

    Motorcyclists will have the opportunity to enjoy a fully assessed ride using either their own machines or having the luxury of briefly borrowing an up-to-date model from the manufacturers in attendance. Riders, who want to enjoy the riding experience, MUST bring BOTH parts of their licence. The assessments are informative and fun. Designed to help riders learn about their riding style and understand more about their strengths and weaknesses enabling them to choose the most appropriate type of post-test training.

    Major manufacturers BMW, Honda, Triumph, Ducati, Kawasaki, Yamaha and Harley-Davidson will be at the event with a fabulous range of machines.

    Many other attractions will create a weekend event that appeals to people of all ages offering an enjoyable and exciting day out for the whole family. Musical entertainment will be provided by local groups and performers including Mid Life Crisis, Vince Freeman and the Bleeding Hearts.

    Family entertainment, vintage clubs, free advice on clothing and security along with shopping opportunities will be available. Other attractions will include children's entertainment, such as inflatables, a demonstration from drag racers Crew 22, a climbing wall, a trial bike stunt display, refreshments, prizes and draws, talks and demonstrations, as well as a Tri Service area highlighting the work of the emergency services. Crime prevention advice to help prevent bikers falling prey to thieves will also be highlighted.

    Plenty of famous faces from the world of biking will be around over the weekend, signing autographs and meeting the public. An assortment of fantastic prizes will be given away too.

    Craig Carey-Clinch said, " The national BikeSafe Event is a unique day out with lots to see and do and is an entertaining day out for everyone - especially motorcycle riders who can participate, free of charge, in a ride assessed by some of the best police riders in the UK.

    "Based on last years experience we know that people enjoyed the day out, but it is important to remember that there is a serious side to the event. We want riders to think more about their own skills and experience and take further training to help them become better riders and get more from their machines."

    "BikeSafe is ' Bridging the Gap' from passing a test to post-test training. It provides an invaluable opportunity for people to learn about their capabilities with the support of experts."

    Following the success of last year's event it is once again organised by Gloucestershire Constabulary and is supported by the Motor Cycle Industry Association.