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.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.