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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:  www.dvlaauction.co.uk

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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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Amputee soldiers helped back into biking

Steve Farrell, 10 August 2012 09:09

A charity is helping soldiers who have lost limbs in Afghanistan get back into motorcycling. Suzuki SV650s and Aprilia Manas have been adapted so amputees can ride them on a track. The charity, run by serving soldiers, already offers injured veterans the chance to take part in motorsport. Major James Cameron, Director of Mission Motorsport, said: “We now have a ...

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Theft victim’s website to catch culprits

Steve Farrell, 29 June 2012 10:43

A motorcyclist has set up a website showing CCTV footage of his bike being stolen in the hope it will lead to the thieves’ capture The website shows an hour-long theft of a £10,000 Triumph Daytona 675R from an office car park in central London, along with mug shots of the culprits. First a man is seen stopping to look ...

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We knew BMWs were good but…

Steve Farrell, 03 May 2012 15:26

BMW is reportedly being sued by a man who claims he was left with a permanent erection after riding one of its bikes. Californian Henry Wolf says he was left with an erection for two years after a four-hour ride on a ‘ridge-like seat’. He has been left ‘unable to engage in sexual activity, which is causing him substantial emotional ...

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Two-thirds of riders report ‘smidsy’ incidents

Steve Farrell, 16 April 2012 10:34

More than two thirds of motorcyclists have had a near miss in the last six months resulting from another road user failing to look.   Sixty-nine percent of motorcyclists said they had experienced at least once ‘smidsy’ accident, so called because of offending drivers’ tendency to say: “Sorry mate, I didn’t see you.” Of those, 86% had to take evasive action ...

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