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Clampdown on un-roadworthy bikes catches 15 times as many cars

Steve Farrell, 07 June 2013 10:00

A police clampdown on un-roadworthy motorcycles ended up catching up to 15 times more cars than bikes. Police had warned riders in advance: 'Don't risk it by taking to the roads without ensuring that your motorcycle is in a fully roadworthy condition.’ But only eight out of 129 vehicles caught in the three-day clampdown were motorcycles. A further 629 speeding ...

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£100 fines for speeding and driving on the phone

Steve Farrell, 05 June 2013 12:59

Fines for speeding and using a hand-held mobile phone while driving will rise from £60 to £100 under Government plans. Drivers who hog the middle motorway lane or tailgate also face £100 fines with the introduction of a new fixed penalty for careless driving. Transport minister Stephen Hammond said: "Careless drivers are a menace and their negligence puts innocent people's ...

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Staff blog: How much?

Steve Farrell, 04 June 2013 10:14

I got a shock when I saw the price of new standard rear tyre for the Burgman 650 ABS Executive from a Suzuki dealer: £184 plus £30 for fitting.   The first one has just been replaced during the 4000 mile service, which costs £135. So that’s a total of £349.   I do 800 miles a week commuting to ...

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Staff blog: A question for readers

Steve Farrell, 04 June 2013 09:43

I’ve been accused of being over-critical of bikes in the past. A spot of rust after a couple of months and I have a whinge about it in print. “What about the positives?” a manufacturer once complained.  So I’m not going to do that this time. I’m going to report that the Burgman 650 ABS Executive is a fantastic, underestimated ...

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Cat and Fiddle camera makers withdraw casualty claims

Steve Farrell, 28 May 2013 17:35

The makers of average-speed cameras on the Cat and Fiddle run are withdrawing a casualty reduction claim after a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority. Vysionics ITS had claimed its speed cameras reduce deaths and serious injuries by “more than 70%” on average. The Alliance of British Drivers said the claim was an exaggeration because it ignored chance variation in ...

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Staff blog: The myth of the Burgman's small tank

Steve Farrell, 22 May 2013 11:23

I've established the Suzuki Burgman 650 ABS Executive has a much longer tank range than it’s credited with.   Some reports have estimated it at 150 miles, probably because the fuel warning starts flashing at about 130. In fact you’ve got a bar left on the gauge and at least 40 miles in the tank at that point.   There’s ...

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No plans for IOM national speed limit

Steve Farrell, 17 May 2013 14:05

The Manx government has said there are no plans for a national speed limit after a coroner accused it of “putting innocent lives at unacceptable risk”. Coroner of Inquests John Needham said the government had a duty “to protect all people sometimes from risks that they wish to impose upon themselves”.He was speaking at the inquest of a motorcyclist who ...

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New dedicated courts for minor traffic offences

Steve Farrell, 17 May 2013 14:02

Minor traffic offences will be dealt with by new dedicated courts under plans announced by the Government today.Setting up special traffic courts will free up magistrates to deal with more serious cases, according to the Ministry of Justice.About half a million traffic cases are heard by magistrates each year, often taking longer to process than major offences, the department said.The ...

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Track day gift vouchers could be worthless after firm’s collapse

Steve Farrell, 15 May 2013 14:00

There may be no end in sight to the economic gloom but at least we can escape for a few hours on a track. As long as it’s not with the firm Easytrack. Gift vouchers for track days with the firm are potentially worthless after it ceased trading, cancelling 12 events at circuits across the country including Brands Hatch, Oulton ...

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Staff blog: Blinded by handlebar muffs

Steve Farrell, 14 May 2013 10:50

In this week’s paper I report how the heated grips on the Suzuki Burgman 650 could be warmer. Just about every journalist on the launch in Scotland seemed to agree on the point. Some said they seemed to work intermittently.  Others questioned whether they worked at all. Suzuki scratched their heads and said they’d look into it. On the ride ...

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