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Death crash policewoman escapes charges because ‘phone was in her lap’

Steve Farrell, 19 February 2013 09:28

A policewoman who caused a crash that killed a motorcyclist while talking on her phone has escaped prosecution after saying the device was in her lap. The Crown Prosecution Service says there is not enough evidence that Collette Carpenter, 23, committed an offence. Carpenter, a special constable who has handed out at least six fines for using a phone while ...

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Adventure firm kept £122,000 of charity donations

Steve Farrell, 04 February 2013 15:11

A motorcycle adventure firm used by Princes William and Harry has kept up to £122,000 belonging to charities.  Global Enduro went into administration last week having failed to pass on customers’ donations dating back to 2011 to four charities including Prince Harry’s Sentebale, supporting orphans in Lesotho. Participants in a rally each October called Enduro Africa were required to raise £1500 ...

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The Ten Worst Safety Innovations

Steve Farrell, 03 February 2013 19:00

Over the years there's been some interesting, awful, and downright dangerous suggestions made to make biking safer, from researchers, manufacturers and government. We've compiled our top ten worst safety innovations. 1. RoofsGive a motorcycle a roof and what you have is no longer a motorcycle. And anyone can make something safer by turning it into something else. You might as well ...

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Bike holidays in jeopardy after adventure firm ceases trading

Steve Farrell, 28 January 2013 17:04

A motorcycle adventure firm has ceased trading days before customers were due to begin a two-week tour in Cambodia. Riders booked on the £3495 holiday were expecting to travel to Cambodia this Sunday. They were still waiting for flight details from Global Enduro when the firm ceased trading today. Global Enduro operates 15 off-road motorcycle tours a year to destinations ...

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How hard can it be to pass the bike test after 22 years?

Steve Farrell, 28 January 2013 06:30

I took my motorcycle test in 1989, and failed. I don’t remember much about it, except that I wasn’t confident. Days earlier my training school had told me I was terrible. I blame their standard of tuition. At the start of lesson one, an instructor had blipped my throttle, not realising it was a twist-and-go, and gone sprawling across the car ...

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Schwantz on Schwantz

Steve Farrell, 17 January 2013 09:00

When former GP world champion Kevin Schwantz dropped into the MCN office, we threw a net over him and dragged him into the cavernous vault of our picture archives. There he was forced to earn his freedom by talking us through innumerable photos documenting his glorious heyday, from superbike racing in the Eighties to GP victory in the Nineties. The ...

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The rules: Riding for the SAS

Steve Farrell, 09 January 2013 07:30

Enduro riding over rocky savannah and scrub requires stamina, bravery and skill. Dodging bullets from guerrilla soldiers takes some cajolies too. Luckily, most of us have never had to do both at once. But most of are not Bravo Two Zero author Andy McNab. In fact none of us is. Except Andy McNab. And it was he who, while touring ...

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Ban for 144mph speeder

Steve Farrell, 09 November 2012 17:06

A motorcyclist who rode at 144mph on an A-road has been banned from driving for six months. Gary Dobson was caught speeding on his BMW S100RR on the A63 at South Milford, North Yorkshire, on October 7. The 40-year-old from Halifax was fined £500 by Selby magistrates after pleading guilty by post at an earlier hearing.

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Chinese Kawasaki-alike 250 for £2000

Steve Farrell, 13 October 2012 15:08

An Italian-designed 250 expected to cost around £2000 has been unveiled as a concept at the Chinese motorcycle show. The single-cylinder Kawasaki Z-esque KP250 could go into production within months. If manufacturer Lifan can bring it to the UK for close to its anticipated price in China, it will be one of the cheapest motorcycles you can buy. But with ...

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Petition demands power restrictions for new drivers

Steve Farrell, 20 September 2012 17:20

A petition is calling for power restrictions for new car drivers in line with those faced by motorcyclists. The petition, posted on a government website, says drivers should face similar measures in the interests of equality and road safety. Riders are currently restricted to 33bhp for two years after passing the standard bike test. New rules from next year will ...


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