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Deaths and casualties rise at speed camera sites

Steve Farrell, 23 September 2011 17:08

Deaths and casualties have risen at scores of speed camera sites across the country.  Cameras that have led to a rise in accidents have been laid bare under government requirements to publish casualty data. In Kent, one site has seen deaths and serious injuries quadruple from one in three years before the camera to four in three years after. Another ...

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Send us your pictures from MAG demos

Steve Farrell, 23 September 2011 16:52

MCN wants your pictures and stories from this weekend’s demonstrations over anti-tampering measures. Over 100 co-ordinated protest rides are set to take place on motorways this Sunday over restrictive regulations from Europe. Tuning could become impossible and even home servicing severely hampered under plans to equip new bikes with so-called (OBD) systems and ABS. The protests have been organised by ...

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Motorcycle insurer to offer free security ID marks

Steve Farrell, 23 September 2011 11:47

A bike insurer is due to offer customers free security ID marks in a victory for MCN. MCN’s Mark Our Bikes campaign has called on motorcycle makers and insurers to offer the marking systems for free to help cut theft. Now a scheme by a major bike insurer is due to be launched within weeks.  Details have yet to be ...

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Possible reprieve for stolen vehicle squad

Steve Farrell, 09 September 2011 17:30

One of the last police stolen vehicle squads in the country could be saved after MCN revealed plans for its closure. A source said the decision to withdraw funding for the squad from next April was being re-examined after we helped highlight the importance of its work tackling organised bike thieves. He said: “The official line is that it’s still ...

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Morrisons: Bikers in helmets assault us

Steve Farrell, 09 September 2011 14:28

Motorcyclists wearing helmets have assaulted petrol station staff, according to Morrisons. The statement was made in the retailer’s latest justification for demanding riders remove helmets before filling up with fuel. MCN revealed the store’s customer services department had said in an email that petrol fumes could get inside helmets and cause the wearer to pass out – a claim branded ...

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Insurance error fixed

Steve Farrell, 02 September 2011 12:27

An error by insurance companies which stopped Suzuki GSX-R1000 owners getting factually correct policies is to be rectified after we highlighted it. MCN revealed how insurers and comparison websites insist the bike is 998cc when in fact it is either 988cc or 999cc depending on year of manufacture. Riders who give the correct capacity are charged more for having a ...

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22 cameras switched off

Steve Farrell, 02 September 2011 11:36

Twenty-two London speed cameras cannot be used for enforcement because they are missing road markings needed to secure convictions. Transport for London (TfL) finally released the figure six weeks after being asked for it. MCN revealed how many camera sites in the capital are not in use because they are missing road markings or their lenses have become obscured by ...

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Staff bikes: BMW G650GS - Corrosion sets in

Steve Farrell, 09 August 2011 13:28

I really like my G650GS. So I’m massively disappointed to report that the paintwork doesn’t seem to be up to much. Corrosion is already beginning to appear in places and it’s not yet had to endure a single winter. A BMW spokesman said: ‘Obviously I can’t really comment on the cause of the corrosion until the bike has been inspected. ...

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Columnist’s second call for motorcycle ban

Steve Farrell, 28 June 2011 12:00

A newspaper columnist has written his second article calling for motorcycles to be banned. Hugh Curran appears to relish having angered motorcyclists with the first column, which said they should be banned on safety grounds. His follow-up says: ‘Motorcyclists were unconvinced and angry. They were angry across the United States, Canada, Ireland, England and Australia.’ The motoring columnist for US daily newspaper ...

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Campaign for Isle of Wight TT

Steve Farrell, 24 June 2011 16:40

A Facebook campaign for an Isle of Wight TT has gained over 1000 supporters in days. The page says: ‘The Isle of Wight is able to accommodate a music festival of 90,000 people, so why not start a road race? …It’s time to let the world of road racers experience a piece of the sunny south. Support is what we need!!’ ...


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