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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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MCN rides the Wall of Death

Steve Farrell, 23 December 2012 09:30

I wouldn’t usually spend much time thinking about the word ‘hurt’. But I did recently give it some consideration after receiving an email warning: “There is a very good chance you will get hurt.” Actually, the word and its definition became a matter for urgent consideration. And I considered that it embraced anything from a scratch to a maiming. Usually, ...

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Saucy ads for scooter kit

Steve Farrell, 21 December 2012 10:24

Scooter aprons get women so hot they need to take off all their clothes. That appears to be the suggestion of a series of viral ads from Italian bike accessories firm Tucano Urbano. In the first, a man lays his scooter apron across the bed before his partners gets in, and its unbearable warmth compels her to strip to her ...

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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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Chances running out for under-24s to do Direct Access

Steve Farrell, 10 December 2012 09:44

Only a few chances remain for under-24-year-olds to do a single Direct Access bike test for an unrestricted motorcycle licence. Riders currently have to be 21 for Direct Access but the minimum age is rising.  The DSA said: ‘Test slots are now nearly fully booked until January 19, when the new rules come into force.’ Younger riders are also affected. ...

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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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