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DSA video explains new licence rules

Steve Farrell, 11 January 2013 15:56

The Driving Standards Agency has released a video on new motorcycle licence rules coming into force on January 19. The three-minute video explains the minimum age limits for different types of motorcycles under the new rules.

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BMF loses influence in Brussels after failing to pay FEMA membership

Steve Farrell, 20 December 2012 11:25

The British Motorcyclists Federation has less influence in Brussels after failing to pay its members’ levy to the group representing riders to European Parliament.   The BMF, which claims to be the UK’s largest motorcycle organisation, no longer has a vote on policies of the Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations after falling into arrears with payments.     FEMA is ...

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M25 cameras catch no one in a year

Steve Farrell, 17 December 2012 17:00

A network of 36 speed cameras on the M25 has caught no one in a year because none has been switched on. Technical and legal difficulties have prevented the Highways Agency from switching on the variable speed limit cameras. It came to light when AOL tried to find out which camera had raised the most in fines. The Highways Agency ...

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Bike brands top theft league

Steve Farrell, 06 December 2012 16:08

Motorcycle and scooter brands are top in a league of vehicle makes most likely to be stolen.  Researchers compared the number of vehicles on the road from car and motorcycle manufacturers to the number recorded as stolen on the Police National Computer. They found the 12 brands with the highest theft rates were all makes of motorcycle. The first non-bike maker, Mercedes, was at 13. The top ...

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France bins hi-vis plans

Steve Farrell, 03 December 2012 15:23

French plans for compulsory high-visibility motorcycle clothing have been withdrawn. French government had proposed making riders wear at least 150 square-centimetres of reflective material. The plans have been shelved after it emerged they were in breach of an EU directive. The U-turn also follows protests by French riders. A spokesman for the Motorcycle Action Group said the government appeared to ...

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Bike journo caught at 160mph was ‘euphoric’ after proposing to girlfriend

Steve Farrell, 23 November 2012 10:15

A motorcycle journalist caught speeding at 160mph has been banned for three months after telling a court his girlfriend had just agreed to marry him.  Andrew Stevens, 30, who writes for a website, was filmed pulling wheelies at up to 80mph on his Yamaha R1 test bike. He was followed by an unmarked police bike along Seven Mile Lane, near ...

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Big bikes escape EU anti-tampering measures

Steve Farrell, 22 November 2012 17:01

Motorcycles producing over 47bhp have escaped EU plans to make bikes impossible for owners to modify.  European Parliament has voted in favour of limiting so-called anti-tampering measures to smaller machines.  All new bikes over 125cc will get ABS under the regulation approved by MEPs. Smaller machines can have combined brakes instead.  The anti-tampering measures aim to prevent modifications of bikes ...

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Armed robbers on bikes raid indoor shopping centre

Steve Farrell, 06 November 2012 16:38

Robbers armed with axes and bats rode motorcycles through and indoor shopping centre and raided a jewellery store. Six robbers on three bikes including a white Triumph Daytona 675 rode through Brent Cross Shopping Centre at 10.15 this morning. The pillion passengers got off and smashed the windows of Fraser Hart, stealing watches and jewellery. The suspects wore helmets with ...

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New Loncin uses BMW G650GS engine

Steve Farrell, 13 October 2012 15:00

A road bike using the same engine as BMW's G650GS has been unveiled at the Chinese motorcycle show. Chinese firm Loncin, which makes the single-cylinder 650 engine for BMW under licence, is using it to power its new CR9 naked roadster. It comes with the same 47bhp power output as the BMW and costs just over £5,000. But because of ...

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Crosstourer too sporty for pillion insurance says Aviva

Steve Farrell, 04 October 2012 17:06

The UK’s biggest insurer is refusing cover for Honda Crosstourers unless riders agree to never carry a pillion. Aviva says the VFR1200X is a sports bike and on a list of machines the firm will not insure for carrying passengers. A spokeswoman said:  ‘As you’re aware, some classes of motorbike are restricted regarding insurance for pillion passengers and this is ...


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