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Motorcycle deaths at lowest rate

Andy Downes, 26 September 2013 17:14

Government accident statistics have shown a 9% drop in motorcycle fatalities in 2012 which are the lowest on record. The data for 2012 has just been officially compiled by the Department for Transport and announced as part of the 2012 annual report and represents the last full year of accident data. In total there were 195,723 casualties of all severities ...

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Online petition for stranded Sean Emmett gains support

Andy Downes, 24 September 2013 14:49

An online petition calling for the UK Government to help get former British Superbike racer Sean Emmett returned to this country from Dubai has gained nearly 4000 signatures in just a few days.Emmett, 43, has been trapped in Dubai since the death of this new bride who Abbie fell to her death from their hotel room balcony in February earlier ...

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Staff Blog: My cleaning confession

Andy Downes, 23 September 2013 16:46

I know some (most) people don’t enjoy cleaning motorcycles but for me it’s a seriously satisfying part of riding bikes and I’ve just spent three hours working on the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring this weekend.The result, I hope you will agree, manages to completely hide the fact the bike has 8000 miles on the clock under the gleaming exterior ...

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Road closed to bikes only near Ace Café

Andy Downes, 20 August 2013 11:21

A local council has banned just motorcycles using a road near the famous Ace Café in North London as part of a six-week trial following months of complaints about anti-social riding and racing on the road. Brent council has now banned motorcycles from Rainsford Road after a number of complaints about dangerous riding and large groups of bystanders. The ban ...

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New on-the-spot fines introduced

Andy Downes, 16 August 2013 11:40

Fixed penalties for careless or inconsiderate driving came into effect today with mobile phone use and middle lane hogging among a series of offences which will bring an increased fine of £100. Other offences covered in what has been described as the biggest shake-up in road policing in 40 years include tailgating, failing to give way at a junction, overtaking ...

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Round Britain charity ride calls for riders

Andy Downes, 26 July 2013 16:51

A motorcyclist riding 4000 miles around the British coastline to raise cash for charity is calling for support from other riders as he makes his way around the country.Paul Newman from Cambridge will be leaving on September 1 on a ride following the British coastline as closely as possible on a journey of 4000 miles with the target of raising ...

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Silverstone trackdays with racing champions

Andy Downes, 26 July 2013 15:33

World and British Superbike champions along with current star riders are lined up to help out at a series of trackdays at Silverstone as instructors with every level of rider catered for.Double World Superbike champion Troy Corser, three-times British Superbike champions Niall Mackenzie and John Reynolds are all going to be involved in a series of events on the track ...

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Ducati factory escapes earthquake damage

Andy Downes, 21 June 2013 15:42

The Ducati factory in Bologna has been evacuated after being hit by an earthquake earlier today; no damage has been reported and there are no casualties but the entire workforce has been sent home in case of aftershocks. The Bologna area was hit by an earthquake of magnitude 5.2 earlier today, just five months after the region was hit by ...

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Win a prize for the best Ride to Work Day picture!

Andy Downes, 13 June 2013 14:46

MCN is offering a free HJC IS-17 Jorge Lorenzo replica helmet worth £180 for the best Ride to Work Day picture sent in to us to celebrate the event happening on Monday June 17. One winner will receive the first prize of the newly launched HJC IS-17 in their chosen size and either black or white versions thanks to distributors ...

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MCN exclusive on new Norton V4 TT racer

Andy Downes, 03 May 2013 15:23

Norton is putting the finishing touches to the latest V4 race it will contest the 2013 Isle of Man TT in just three weeks with virtually every part of the bike new for this year. The team hope the unsilenced, 200bhp monster with two riders for this year will be enough to bring some credible results for the team with ...

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