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MCN’s Brussels protest: ‘What a superb day!’

Steve Farrell, 28 November 2011 12:48

Motorcyclists have been sharing their pictures and experiences from MCN’s Brussels protest ride on a Facebook page. Around 200 riders travelled hundreds of miles to take part in last Tuesday’s protest against EU anti-tampering measures for bikes. They included Red Dwarf star Danny John-Jules, who plays Cat in the sitcom. He said on the day: “I wanted to support the ...

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Brit bikes steal show at Motorcycle Live

Steve Farrell, 21 November 2011 10:36

British bikes proved a massive hit at the NEC Motorcycle Live show last weekend thanks to stunning displays from Triumph, Norton, Metisse and Royal Enfield. Triumph led the way, with show-goers swamping its stand to see the new Tiger Explorer, top-spec Speed Triple R and the firm acknowledging demand for its Steve McQueen Edition Bonneville looking set to overwhelm supply. ...

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‘Thousands of learners could have to pass test twice’

Steve Farrell, 10 November 2011 15:29

Thousands of learner motorcyclists could have to take a controversial riding test twice despite passing the first time, riding instructors have warned. They are also likely to be charged twice as a result of changes to the motorcycle test.At the moment the practical riding test consists of two exams, one off-road and one on. But from 2013 the two are ...

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Win a £12,000 bike for doing police Bikesafe course

Steve Farrell, 03 November 2011 16:08

Motorcyclists are being offered the chance to win a bike worth £12,000 for doing a safe riding course taught by police. A scooter worth up to £2000 is also on offer in the initiative to improve motorcycle safety in London. Winners will get to choose the bike or scooter model they want up to the prize value. Three runners up ...

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Police demand riders admit to alleged offence, then decide what offence.

Steve Farrell, 28 October 2011 16:49

Police say they can demand riders admit to an alleged offence, then decide what offence. They have been accused of abusing the law with the tactic, used against a number of motorcyclists. MCN revealed how riders had received police letters saying they were suspected of an offence but withholding details of the allegation. The letters said they must admit who ...

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Bad drivers caught on film as helmet cam sales double

Steve Farrell, 18 October 2011 12:05

Bad drivers are increasingly likely to have their antics caught on camera and posted online as more and more motorcyclists routinely use helmets cameras. Sales of the devices have doubled in two years and risen 40% in the last 12months according to retailers. The small cameras can be stuck to side of helmets with suction cups and record up to ...

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MCN Mark Our Bikes campaign victory!

Steve Farrell, 13 October 2011 11:17

A bike insurer is giving away free theft-preventing security markings, weeks after MCN called for the move. The firm, which insures one in five UK motorcyclists, has launched a free offer for anyone buying or renewing a policy. MCN’s Mark Our Bike’s campaign has been calling on bike insurers and manufacturers to help tackle theft by giving free security marking ...

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Brussels demo over EU plans

Steve Farrell, 05 October 2011 16:05

MCN is taking the fight over the meddling EU to Brussels with a demonstration rally. We’re staging a protest ride to European Parliament to coincide with a vote on restrictive new measures for bikes. Join our Facebook group on the demo here Tuning could become impossible and even home-maintenance severely hampered under proposals to make bikes impossible to modify. So-called onboard diagnostic ...

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No cuddly meerkats for bikers

Steve Farrell, 30 September 2011 17:27

An insurance firm is offering free cuddly toys – but not to bikers. Compare the Market is giving away a free cuddly meerkat with policies. But the toys, which are selling for £40 on eBay, are offered only with car, van, pet or home insurance. A disappointed motorcyclist said: "I just renewed my bike insurance hoping for my free meerkat ...

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80mph motorway speed limit by 2013

Steve Farrell, 30 September 2011 08:57

Motorway speed limits could increase to 80mph by 2013. Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said there had been "huge advances in safety and motoring technology" since the current 70mph limit was introduced in 1964 and raising it "would generate economic benefits of hundreds of millions of pounds through shorter journey times". A consultation will be launched this year. The Department for ...


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