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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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BMW S1000RR HP4 arrives at dealers

Steve Farrell, 17 December 2012 13:00

BMW’s new S1000RR HP4 has arrived at UK dealers. The enhanced S1000RR litre sports bike features dynamic traction control, race ABS and semi-active suspension. The HP4 Carbon has extras including a carbon-fibre tank cover. They cost £16,700 and £19,350 respectively. There are over 80 BMW S1000RRs for sale at MCN bikes for sale, find one here.

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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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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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Viewers wrongly told ‘running off on bends’ is most common bike crash as BBC muddles data

Steve Farrell, 02 November 2012 14:19

A BBC road safety documentary wrongly claimed ‘running off on bends’ was the most common motorcycle accident, based on an apparent misunderstanding of data. BBC2’s How Safe Are Britain’s Roads? claimed: ‘Two-thirds of motorcycle deaths happen on rural roads. Running off on bends is the most common type of accident.’ Questioned about the claim, a BBC publicist pointed to the ...

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Number plate ‘CBR400R’ in DVLA auction

Steve Farrell, 29 October 2012 12:40

Honda CBR400R owners might be interested in the DVLA’s next personalised number plate auction – which includes the registration ‘CBR400R’. The private plate will go under the hammer on November 14 at the Ardencote Manor Hotel in Claverdon, Warwickshire, with the reserve set at £300. Details:

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Police launch sting operation to catch bike thieves

Steve Farrell, 27 September 2012 16:32

Police are planting bikes equipped with hidden tracking devices in theft hotspots in a sting operation to catch thieves. A signal from the tracker alerts waiting officers the moment a bike is moved and allows them to pinpoint its exact location at all times. There are also plans to hide cameras on the bikes to film the thieves at work. ...

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Theft gang jailed

Steve Farrell, 07 September 2012 16:44

A gang who stole high-value motorcycles in a string of burglaries has been jailed for a total of over 20 years. Seven men who targeted bike owners in affluent residential areas of Berkshire, Middlesex and Surrey were jailed for between six months and five years at Reading Crown Court. Another three were given suspended jail terms and a fourth has ...

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Warning over new £50 ‘super MoT’ for bikes

Steve Farrell, 31 August 2012 16:02

Bike MoT costs could rise to £50 under EU proposals, according to the Motorcycle Action Group. The current £29 test is set to be replaced with a more rigorous ‘super MoT’ if plans go ahead, the group says. A MAG spokesman said: ‘The proposed inspections go far beyond the current requirements for a bike MoT.  Riders and MoT stations would ...


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