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An innocent test ride to check out a repair turns into a major headache. So what's the legal remedy?

If you've been a naughty biker, you need some decent legal advice, get it from

Q My nephew asked me to check out the wheel bearings he had replaced on his little 125. Because I don't have a motorcycle at present I had no bike insurance, but in order to give it a `road test' I rode it in a very large shopping centre car park at about 9pm on a Sunday night when there was nobody around, probably getting the bike up to about 50mph. I was on private land so I was not wearing a helmet. However, two police officers turned up with their blue lights on... Once they were satisfied I wasn't a teenager trying to leg it, they told me that I needed to produce documents. They weren't worried about the lack of helmet (once I had explained what I was doing) and I kept my helmet off so I could listen to any noises coming out of the bearings. The police seemed quite relaxed. I was given a producer document, because nothing was coming up on the police national computer.

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