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Arrests after 15 bike thefts in one night

Steve Farrell, 09 November 2012 14:19

Three youths have been arrested after 15 bikes were stolen within a few miles of each other in one night. The bikes were stolen on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning in Weymouth and Portland, Dorset. Two boys from Weymouth aged 13 and 14 and a 17-year-old of no fixed abode were arrested after police received reports of youths riding the ...

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Win a £7000 classic Laverda

Steve Farrell, 30 October 2012 12:00

Someone will have extra reason to celebrate this Christmas after winning this immaculate 1973 Laverda SF1 750 worth over £7000. It’s the top prize in the Vintage Motorcycle Club’s Christmas raffle, drawn on December 21. Tickets cost £1 from www.vmcc.net.

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Unfinished project, no V5, £60,000

Steve Farrell, 30 October 2012 07:00

A bike that looks like this wouldn’t normally make a tempting financial investment but this one fetched £59,740 at a Bonhams auction.   The 1930 Brough Superior Overhead 680 doubled its top estimate despite having no paperwork, at the Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show in Stafford on Sunday.  

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New motorway tax considered

Steve Farrell, 29 October 2012 11:32

Using motorways would cost more in road tax under plans being considered by the Government. According to newspaper reports, ministers are considering a two-tier system with those who agree not to use trunk roads paying less. The idea is part of review of road funding as the Treasury faces a budget shortfall caused people switching to smaller cars which are ...

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‘Change clocks to cut bike casualties’

Steve Farrell, 29 October 2012 07:00

Motorcycling would be safer if clocks were brought forward by an hour to make evenings lighter, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists. The group wants a three-year trial of new daylight hours to tackle a spike in casualties each year after the clocks go back at the end of October. Last year the motorcycle casualty rate in November was ...

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Reprieve for high-powered bikes in anti-tampering plans

Steve Farrell, 19 October 2012 10:17

Anti-tampering measures on new bikes will be limited to machines up to 47bhp, MEPs have agreed.  New motorcycles are to get so-called on-board diagnostic systems capable of registering modifications as faults to be rectified by a mechanic. The aim is to make it impossible to modify motorcycles which comply with power restrictions for new riders from next year. The measures will apply ...

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Second city plans bike parking charges

Steve Farrell, 04 October 2012 17:17

Liverpool could follow London’s Westminster in scrapping free roadside motorcycle parking. A charge for motorcycle parking in the city centre could be introduced as early as this year under plans. A Liverpool Council spokesman said: "A range of proposals are currently being considered, including the introduction of a small charge for motorcycle parking.”A public consultation is due to start within ...

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Rider deaths down

Steve Farrell, 27 September 2012 16:06

Motorcycle fatalities fell 10% last year according to latest government figures. It’s the second year in a row of improvement after a fall of 15% in 2010. Rider deaths were down 33% in 2011 compared to the average number killed per year from 2005-2009.  The motorcycle fatality rate – taking into account miles travelled by bike – was down even ...

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Honda’s 134mpg scooter

Steve Farrell, 20 September 2012 16:36

Honda’s latest 125 scooter will do a claimed 133.9mpg - around 50% more than the most fuel efficient petrol cars. The new SH125i has 16-inch wheels and space under the seat for a full-face helmet. The Italian-built scoot goes on sale in November.  

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Hands-free phones ‘just as distracting’

Steve Farrell, 20 September 2012 16:21

Drivers making hands-free calls are just as distracted as those on handheld phones, a Which? study has shown. Meanwhile texting is far more distracting than making a call – and more so than drinking up to the legal limit, according to the research. A driving simulator gauged reaction time to hazards while researchers tried texting, making calls and drinking to ...

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