A road.cc reader has filmed the moment the rider of what he believes was a stolen motorbike kicked out at him and two other cyclists while they were out for a ride.
The incident, captured on video by road.cc reader Michael, happened on the evening of Wednesday 13 June on Coventry Road in Coleshill, Birmingham.
From the real-time footage, shot on a rear-facing camera, it’s difficult to see what happened.
But the slow-motion footage at the end of the video clearly shows the motorcyclist, who had taken his foot off the peg, aiming a kick at the rider behind Michael.
He was out for an evening ride with his father and a friend when it happened, and initially they believed the motorcyclist had crossed onto their side of the road because he was going to turn right.
Michael – who rides motorbikes as well as bicycles – estimated the rider’s speed at around 40 miles an hour, and says he was riding at 20 miles an hour.
He told us that he was riding a little further out in the road than is father ahead of him and their friend behind, and that the motorcyclist came within a foot of his handlebars.
The motorbike was a blue Yamaha R1 from 2005/06, according to Michael, and there are a couple of reasons he believes it may have been stolen, one of those being the absence of a licence plate on the rear.
“There wouldn't be any other reason to take the plate off,” he explained, “plus there's a high-powered BMW the bike was behind that allows him in front.
“Motorcycle thieves normally have another car or bike close to help stop anyone seeing it's missing its number plate,” he added.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.