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Bike industry wants ‘damaging’ insurance ad pulled from TV

Steve Farrell, 23 September 2011 11:30

The motorcycle industry is calling for insurance ads featuring a biker injured in a crash to be withdrawn from TV. The Motorcycle Industry Association says the Aviva ads, shown during the ITV’s period drama Downton Abbey, are damaging its efforts to get more people into biking. The 10-second ads, referred to as ‘idents’, dramatise the real-life story an Aviva customer ...

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MPs to join day of protest

Steve Farrell, 23 September 2011 11:13

MPs are set to join bikers in nationwide protests over restrictive new regulations from Europe. They will take part in a demonstration this Sunday consisting of over 100 coordinated protest rides on motorways across the country. The action is opposing a raft of European Commission proposals including ABS and anti-tampering measures on new bikes. At least four MPs are to ...

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Mark our bikes!

Steve Farrell, 02 September 2011 14:21

MCN is calling on bike manufacturers and insurers to provide free security markings to help tackle theft. We want bike makers to put the markings on all new machines and insurers to offer them to all policy holders. The discreet marks deter theft and help police catch offenders by making individual motorcycle parts easily identifiable as stolen. At the moment ...

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Rider killed braking for a speed camera

Steve Farrell, 26 August 2011 14:13

A motorcyclist was killed after braking too hard for a speed camera, a coroner said. Timothy Rowsell, 64, was doing at least 78mph on a Suzuki GSX-R1000 as he approached the speed camera van on a 50mph road. The camera operator, the only eyewitness to the crash, said she saw smoke coming from the bike’s tyres before Rowsell, a married ...

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Rioters attack scooter rider

Steve Farrell, 17 August 2011 14:10

Rioters have been caught on film dragging a rider off his scooter and stealing it. The learner rider is seen being chased and grabbed around the neck as he tries to negotiate his way through rioting in Croydon, South London. One thug then drags him away while another picks up the scooter and rides off. Seconds later the thief falls off ...

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Have you been affected by riots?

Steve Farrell, 09 August 2011 17:19

A mob dragged a motorcyclist from his £9000 superbike and made off with it during rioting in London yesterday. Andy Burt, 47, was riding his year-old Honda CB1000R home from work in central London just after 6pm when he stumbled into a developing riot in Peckham. The married father-of-two said: "I was warned before I left the office about trouble in ...

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Suzi Perry voted ‘dream pillion’

Steve Farrell, 05 August 2011 16:37

Suzi Perry is the woman most British bikers would like as pillion according to a poll.The 41-year-old Gadget Show presenter beat Beyonce, Cheryl Cole and Mega Fox to be voted number one ‘dream pillion’ for the second year running. The former BBC MotoGP presenter won 31% of the votes in a survey of hundreds of British bikers. Angelina Jolie was ...

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Help motorcycling and win a £10,000 bike!

Steve Farrell, 07 July 2011 15:50

MCN is offering readers the chance to win fabulous prizes including bikes worth £10,000 and £5000 while helping to protect motorcycling’s future. We’ve relaunched our MCN 1000 campaign which, together with the bike industry’s excellent Get On initiative, aims to get more bikers on the road. To take part, and win a guaranteed prize, you need to persuade someone to ...

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Riders urged to join high-vis demo

Steve Farrell, 30 June 2011 16:29

Motorcyclists have been urged to join a protest this Saturday against the threat of compulsory high-visibility vests and other restrictive new rules from Brussels. The Motorcycle Action Group is staging a demonstration rally in Birmingham against proposed anti-tampering rules to stop riders modifying their bikes across Europe and plans for compulsory day-glow bibs in France and Ireland.  A spokesman for ...

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Police bike theft squad axed

Steve Farrell, 23 June 2011 11:36

One of Britain’s last police stolen vehicle squads is to be closed from next year, leaving organised bike theft uninvestigated. The Metropolitan Police’s stolen vehicle squad will be disbanded from April 2012 due to budget cuts. The unit has been a powerful deterrent to organised criminal gangs that move around the country stealing bikes to order and dismantling them to ...

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