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
Visordown has been putting some miles on the 2022 Ducati DesertX this month, touring the UK and taking on some green lanes and byways
The 2023 Honda XL750 Transalp UK price is now known, here’s how it stacks up against the competition!
The new Zeths ZFR 500 R Avenger is a retro sports bike that breaks the mould for motorcycles made in this Asian country
Jay Leno is recovering from multiple broken bones after crashing in Burbank California after a ‘clothesline’ incident
Indian Riders Fest 2023 is go, with Budweis in the Czech Republic hosting what could be the world’s largest gathering of Indian Motorcycle owners
A Strap Tank Harley-Davidson from 1908 has sold at Mecum for a record-breaking sum nudging $1 million dollars
KTM CEO Stefan Pierer said the cost of developing the 490 was too high, and the focus is on a 690 version
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing is the fifth MotoGP squad to launch its 2023 team before the start of testing. The next scheduled launch is HRC on 23 February.
Alpinestars steps up to the big league in 2023, as Jorge Martin shows off his new 2023 crash helmet
A video seemingly captured at a dealer summit seems to show a new trick Husqvarna Norden 901 Expedition model primed for launch
Visordown looks ahead to the MotoGP 2023 World Championship, focusing on the riders, rounds, and classes from Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Honda is developing a circulative renewable energy system which is hoped to help sustain scientists as they live on the lunar surface
To help extinguish the candles on a very big cake the Harley-Davidson 120th Anniversary models have been announced
The new Triumph Steet Triple 765 R, RS will be taking to a UK tour this week, as the trick Moto2 Edition sells out
Type approval documents from the USA have confirmed the arrival of a new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4R for the North American market
Visordown takes a theoretical tour to Brittany, outlining the route we would take to get to the pretty northwestern corner of France
Whether you are travelling to the event or planning to follow the Isle of Man TT 2023 races from home, here’s everything you need to know
Foo Fighters and Green Day will be wowing the crowds in 2023, at the Harley-Davidson 120th anniversary homecoming bash in Milwaukee
The 2023 Harley-Davidson Breakout has been officially announced, featuring a distinctive new look and engine
2023 welcomes an updated 2023 Harley-Davidson Nightster Special to the range, with tweaked styling, ergonomics, new wheels, and technology
Harley-Davidson has revealed updated 2023 Breakout, Nightster Special, Freewheeler and 120th Anniversary models
Claiming to be the ‘The ultimate Rally Raid adventure’ the Yamaha Ténéré Spirit Experience begins in 2023
With 2023 model reveals in full swing, Visordown takes a look at the new and updated motorcycles we can’t wait to ride this year
The accident happened this morning when a bus full of workers and a motorcycle collided in icy conditions on the A39
With the start of the Moto2 season in sight, Rory Skinner is already toasting a win, as he is awarded the Pinhard Trophy