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
An engineer has created what is thought to be the world’s first self-balancing ‘screw’ motorcycle
More than 60 destinations in more than 25 countries offer customers the chance to sample their chosen Royal Enfield model
Drone video footage released from Devon and Cornwall Police road safety operation purports to reveal ‘Dangerous Motorcyclist Behaviour’...
Take a look at racer Niccolò Canepa’s latest video as he spanks his Yamaha R1 around the Le Mans circuit
The rider, Chris ‘Bomber’ Harris was running late for the race and, as the video shows, got there just in the nick of time
The tour, in association with Compass Expeditions, goes from Melbourne to Sydney taking in the wild isle of Tasmania
Boni and the little Vespa 50 managed to cover 766 miles in 24 hours
It turns out there wasn’t too much demand for a £90k electric bike after all, as the company behind the Arc Vector goes under
If the zombie apocalypse does happen, we’re going to ride it out on this, the Oruga Unitrak   
The consultation was launched last month and has already received a lot of interest from the public
The pair have joined forces to take part in the Full Chat podcast which begins later this month
Data relating to motorcycle trackday users has highlighted the most popular bike trackday circuits in the British Isles
UK riders will get a chance to sample the new range of KTM 2024 models with the KTM Orange Days test ride tour
The new Beta E-Kinder range comes with either 16, 18, or 20-inch wheel sizes and could be the ideal tool for getting kids into bikes
The bike is a faithful recreation of the Yamaha R1 machine raced by Rea in the 2024 World Superbike championship
This custom bike takes the Royal Enfield Meteor 350 we rode in 2021 and turns into an ideal first cruiser bike, the so-called Shotgun 350  
The annual two-wheel bash at Shelsley Walsh is back once again and confirmed with a June date
Harley-Davidson has the first episode of its documentary that focuses on its exploits in the King of The Baggers racing series
Blueprints suggest that the Indian automotive giant Bajaj is looking at Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) to power a motorcycle
Vespa is holding its annual bash later this month, as the Italian city of Pontedera plays host to fans from all over the world
BMW Motorrad boss Markus Flasch seems to be hinting that a significant update to the R18 platform is on the way
A custom motorcycle has been built that includes a number of custom parts that were once used to put injured bikers back together
Video footage shared on Twitter shows a Police Motorcyclist throwing everything (bike included) at a rider in an attempt to get them to stop
The idea is to give buyers of a new bike the unused helmet of a rider who died in a fatal collision, driving home the message to use it on every ride
BMW has teamed up with Rimac Technology with the opening of a new factory in Zagreb, Croatia