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Bike sales fraud warning

Laura Kennerley, 01 September 2009 11:29

An MCN reader is warning bike sellers to be on their guard against fraudsters after he was targeted. Seventeen-year-old Josh Gray was trying to sell his Gilera SMT 50cc privately when a scammer tried to fleece him. “A guy e-mailed me claiming he lived in Australia and he wanted to buy the bike as a graduation present for his son,” ...

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Harley-Davidson invades India

Laura Kennerley, 28 August 2009 11:02

Harley-Davidson is to begin selling bikes in India – the world’s second largest motorcycle market. The ailing American company is looking to sell its heavyweight bikes to the country’s emerging middle class. But it is unlikely to have an easy ride as Indian’s traditionally favour small, inexpensive bikes. "Given the rapid development of India's economy and physical infrastructure, this is ...

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Mystery of biker found dead in Cornwall

Laura Kennerley, 28 August 2009 09:21

MCN readers are being asked to help solve the mystery of a biker found dead on a railway line in the Marazion area of Penzance, Cornwall. The grey-haired man, aged 30-45, was killed when he was hit by the London to Penzance train on 15 August 2009. He was white, 5ft 8in tall and was wearing an expensive black leather ...

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European bikers shun UK

Laura Kennerley, 19 August 2009 10:44

The UK economy is being deprived of around £30m a week as European bikers shun the UK as a tourist destination. Statistics produced by the MCI show 100,000 British bikers travel to Europe on holiday, while only 23,000 European riders visit the UK every year. According to the MCI’s analysis, if UK tourist businesses could attract the same number of ...

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California Superbike School Ladies Day

Laura Kennerley, 19 August 2009 10:23

The UK arm of the California Superbike School is to host its first ever female only training session. The school is open to any women riders who want to experience level one coaching - which teaches the key skills required to maximise stability when corneringAndy Ibbott UK School Director said: "We ran a 'Ladies only' day in South Africa earlier ...

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UK gets first bike friendly crash barriers

Laura Kennerley, 14 August 2009 15:27

The UK’s first bike friendly crash barrier has been installed in County Durham. Made in Spain the Biker-Safe barrier has been designed to absorb the energy of a crashing bike and prevent riders hitting support pillars, which is one of the main causes of serious injuries or death. A spokesman for Durham Police, the country’s most bike friendly force said: ...

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Westminster parking chaos sparks new protest

Laura Kennerley, 14 August 2009 10:09

A demonstration demanding Westminster Council scraps its controversial bike parking scheme will be staged on Sunday August 16. The unpopular scheme, branded a ‘stealth tax’ on bikes and scooters has been plagued by controversy since its introduction last August. This latest protest has been organised by the No to Bike Parking Tax Campaign after a new series of blunders was ...

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Bike sales plummet

Laura Kennerley, 13 August 2009 10:57

Motorbike sales fell by a staggering 26.8% in July compared to July 2008. Only 10,465 bikes, mopeds and scooters were registered last month compared to 14,306 last year and 11,728 in July 2007. The massive fall can be partly attributed to rush on bikes in July 2008 as new riders rushed to beat the introduction of the new test. However, ...

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New Triumph Thunderbird is “awesome”

Laura Kennerley, 15 July 2009 16:27

Triumph’s new Thunderbird cruiser is just as good as the reviews, according to the first people to ride it. Scores of riders flocked to Jack Lilley Triumph in Ashford, Middlesex, to ride the 1600cc parallel twin cruiser on its launch weekend. None of them had a bad word to say about the new bike, which costs £9,499 for the standard ...

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Sheffield’s bus lanes opened to motorcyclists

Laura Kennerley, 09 July 2009 11:01

Motorcyclists have won the right to use Sheffield’s bus lanes permanently.  City councillors voted to allow motorcyclists to use all of the city’s bus lanes with immediate effect following a successful trial period. The city-wide trial proved that allowing motocyclists to use bus lanes reduced the number of bike accidents, without causing any disruption to bus services or cyclists. In ...

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