Simon Hancocks

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Simon Hancocks

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Simon (AKA Toad) has been working within the motorcycle industry for more than twelve years, and a member of the motorcyclist family since birth. Growing up around British-built single and twins, it was inevitable that a life on two wheels was on the cards, from a very early age!

Prior to Visordown, Toad worked in the motorcycle insurance industry, before creating a role at a small motorcycle website and starting his journey as a journalist and road tester.

Since then Toad has launched bikes on all of the world's continents that aren't permanently frozen, covered hundreds of thousands of road test miles and always maintains that a bad day on a bike is better than a good day in a car!

Toad is happiest when touring through Europe, hammering a big adventure motorcycle up a trail, or riding around a race track, his favourite is Jerez, accompanied by a Panigale V4! He had a go at trials once, but it'd didn't go terribly well - his ambition definitely outweighed talent!

Now Toad is working through the restoration of a classic Ducati sports bike, and yes, it's taking much longer than he planned.

Articles by Simon Hancocks
There has been a lot of chatter re petrol prices in the news lately – for very good reason – here’s Toad’s two pence worth
The dark art of sliding a motorcycle through a corner might seem like the preserve of the track riding elite, but with some practice you too could back in a motorcycle in less than a day
VISORDOWN got the chance to try out the new 2022 BSA Gold Star in front of a sell-out crowd at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Motorcycle journalist and photographer Neale Bayly is heading into Ukraine on two wheels to document the plight of the people in the warzone
TfL has announced new powers have come into effect that could see those that stray into cycle lanes hit with £160 fines!
To put the latest race brakes from Galfer to the test, we sent Toad to Parcmotor in Spain for a track ride on the new Floatech discs and G1310 racing pads
The re-engineered Norton V4SV has landed, boasting billet aluminium everything, full carbon bodywork, 185bhp and 193kg dry weight
INSURANCE is boring, there are no two ways about it and I should know, I worked in the industry for nearly ten years! Adding to the boredom are the hours spent talking on the phone to Gillian from the sales team who doesn’t know a Ducati from a Datsun!
As the internal combustion engine gets ever cleaner and battery power increases, tyre pollution could become the next point of focus
Harley-Davidson has this week resumed motorcycle production after supplier issues halted production lines for around two weeks
The Parifex Nano speed camera can not just measure a vehicle's speed, it can calculate distance, acceleration and much more
Italian electric motorcycle manufacturer Energica has taken the bold step of announcing the Experia electric sports touring bike
With practice week now underway, it’s nearly time for the racing to begin so here is your Isle of Man TT races TV schedule
Whether it's emissions regulations or sliding sales in certain markets, here are the top ten motorcycles found in Japan that we aren’t allowed to buy.
A recent FEMA survey has found that motorcyclists are overwhelmingly in favour of free motorcycle parking, but will the governments listen?
We took to the hallowed Donington Park Circuit at the weekend, for a couple of sessions with Isle of Man TT icon John McGuinness
This year’s MotoGP round from the KymiRing is postponed until 2023, with Dorna pointing to tensions in the region as one of the concerns
  Keeping your spare kit and clothing dry in wet weather makes riding a motorcycle a much more pleasurable experience – here’s how it’s done
Official Yamaha dealers will be swinging open the doors next month, with test rides, promos and the chance to win a Tenere 700 World Raid at Yamaha LIVE!
To try out its updates to the 2022 Honda CBR1000RR-R SP Fireblade we went along to the 30th Anniversary celebration for track evening at Donington
The 2022 Yamaha XSR900 gains the updates of the latest generation MT-09 and MT-09 SP, although some not insignificant chassis tweaks up the ante further
Visordown went along to the world press launch of the new 2022 Yamaha Tenere 700 World Raid, to find out if this really is the everyday Dakar racer 
National Highways is woking on the Smart Motorways network, converting existing safety cameras to detect ‘Red X’ violations and adding signage around refuges areas
Get up close to the new Harley-Davidson Nightster on the Revolution Max Tour – May 12 to 28
A limited-edition Suzuki GSX-S950 created by AD Koncept is to go on sale in France, with just 50-units up for grabs