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Petition to scrap new bike licence rules

Steve Farrell, 30 January 2012 11:06

A petition is calling on the Government to scrap planned changes to the motorcycle licence regime. All under-19s are to be limited to 125s and the minimum age for Direct Access raised to 24 under new rules from Brussels. Riders aged 17-19 will only be able to gain a licence for a machine of up to 125cc and 15bhp. At ...

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France bans sat navs with speed camera warnings

Steve Farrell, 13 January 2012 10:26

Sat navs and smart phones which warn of speed camera locations have been banned in France. Offenders face a fine of €1500 (£1237). Sat nav manufacturers are advising customers to switch off the speed camera warning function while in France. The ban, introduced on January 4, has been branded unenforceable by critics who say police will not be able to ...

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Five cleared over ride-out deaths

Steve Farrell, 06 January 2012 15:12

Five motorcyclists controversially charged with causing the death by careless driving of a couple who collided with a car have been cleared. Paul Wheater, 29, Ian Townson, 31, Michael Paul Hannon, 26, David Hastings, 27, and Dax Lerman, 28, were cleared by a judge after the prosecution failed to produce sufficient evidence. They had been charged with causing the deaths ...

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BMW answers MCN theft campaign

Steve Farrell, 05 January 2012 16:34

BMW has become the first manufacturer to security mark all new bikes in response to an MCN campaign. The firm will mark every bike it sells with a unique hidden code on dozens of individual parts linking them to the owner. The system deters thieves by making it more difficult for them to sell the bike or parts without getting ...

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Four jailed over bike theft eBay racket

Steve Farrell, 22 December 2011 10:52

Four men have been jailed for their role in a racket stealing bikes and selling the parts on eBay. The men were arrested following an 18-month investigation which identified 20 stolen motorcycles worth over £100,000. Jamie Sadik, 24, James Oliver, 28, Lloyd Smith, 39, and Daniel Setters, 27, all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal. Sadik was sentenced to 32 months in ...

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Annual SORN declarations scrapped

Steve Farrell, 19 December 2011 10:23

Motorcyclists with bikes kept off-road will no longer have to fill in a SORN declaration form every year following a Government announcement. Owners will only have to fill in a Statutory Off-Road Notification once instead of annually. The need for a paper licence counterpart is also to be scrapped from 2015 in changes aimed at cutting red tape for motorists. ...

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MEPs push ahead with plans to make tuning impossible

Steve Farrell, 12 December 2011 09:54

MEPs have voted to make bikes impossible to tune despite a Brussels protest by motorcyclists against the measures. European Parliament’s lead committee on the proposals wants manufacturers to develop bikes which can’t be modified for more power. The Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO) wants riders who do manage to tune their bike to submit it for an inspection. ...

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Bikers charged hundreds of pounds a year extra for life insurance

Steve Farrell, 10 December 2011 10:30

A major life insurer has started charging customers hundreds of pounds a year extra for riding a motorcycle. Ageas Insurance asks policy applicants whether they have ridden a motorcycle during the last 12 months and if so what capacity it was. Anyone aged 50 or under who says they have ridden a bike over 499cc is charged extra, typically around ...

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French firm unveils carbon-framed V-twin superbike

Steve Farrell, 29 November 2011 16:55

A carbon-framed turbo-charged V-twin superbike has been unveiled by French manufacturer Boxer Design. Called the Superbob, its 1000cc engine has been developed in partnership with Akira Technologies, the firm behind Inmotec's V4 MotoGP engine. The Superbob makes a claimed 158bhp and weighs 175kg. It was unveiled today at the Paris motorcycle show as a concept which will go into production in ...

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New G650GS-powered Husqvarna street bike unveiled

Steve Farrell, 29 November 2011 13:30

A new Husqvarna 650cc single-cylinder road bike has been unveiled today. The Strada uses the engine from BMW's G650GS. It has been shown as a 'concept' at the Paris motorcycle show but is set to go into production late next year. It's a street bike with off-road capabilities according to Husqvarna. Official power and torque figures have not been released but ...

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