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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French plans for compulsory high-visibility motorcycle clothing have been withdrawn.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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Last-minute changes to bike test rules

Steve Farrell, 19 November 2012 16:55

Wranglings over what motorcycles can be used under new bike test rules are continuing with only weeks to go before the January introduction date. In August the Driving Standards Agency said the test for an unrestricted category ‘A’ motorcycle licence would have to be taken on bikes of at least 67bhp under plans. But now the DSA has said that ...

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Speed awareness course could mean higher insurance costs

Steve Farrell, 19 November 2012 16:33

Taking a speed awareness course could lead to increased insurance premiums. Admiral is raising premiums of people who attend the courses, which are offered instead of a fine and licence penalty points. The insurance group says people who attend the course pose a higher risk.Avoiding extra insurance costs has been a key attraction of the courses, which are typically more ...

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BBC presenters lecture on road safety while not looking at the road

Steve Farrell, 15 November 2012 10:07

A BBC road safety series has been criticised for having its presenters drive while looking at the camera in an episode focussing on distraction.  The AA accused BBC2’s How Safe are Britain’s Roads? of setting a bad example. In last week’s programme, looking at drivers on the phone, presenters Justin Rowlatt and Anita Rani repeatedly took their eyes off the ...

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Ban for 144mph speeder

Steve Farrell, 09 November 2012 17:06

A motorcyclist who rode at 144mph on an A-road has been banned from driving for six months. Gary Dobson was caught speeding on his BMW S100RR on the A63 at South Milford, North Yorkshire, on October 7. The 40-year-old from Halifax was fined £500 by Selby magistrates after pleading guilty by post at an earlier hearing.

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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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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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SORNing bikes for winter could void insurance

Steve Farrell, 02 November 2012 15:42

Motorcyclists storing their bike for winter could be unwittingly invalidating their insurance if they declare it off road to the DVLA. MCN reader Alan Charlton, 64, was told his underwriter would no longer insure his Kawasaki ZZR1400 after he completed a Statutory Off-Road Notification. To be covered against theft, the broker said he needed ‘laid-up’ insurance from another underwriter. Charlton, from Harrogate, ...

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