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The Ten Worst Safety Innovations

Steve Farrell, 03 February 2013 19:00

Over the years there's been some interesting, awful, and downright dangerous suggestions made to make biking safer, from researchers, manufacturers and government. We've compiled our top ten worst safety innovations. 1. RoofsGive a motorcycle a roof and what you have is no longer a motorcycle. And anyone can make something safer by turning it into something else. You might as well ...

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Bike holidays in jeopardy after adventure firm ceases trading

Steve Farrell, 28 January 2013 17:04

A motorcycle adventure firm has ceased trading days before customers were due to begin a two-week tour in Cambodia. Riders booked on the £3495 holiday were expecting to travel to Cambodia this Sunday. They were still waiting for flight details from Global Enduro when the firm ceased trading today. Global Enduro operates 15 off-road motorcycle tours a year to destinations ...

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How hard can it be to pass the bike test after 22 years?

Steve Farrell, 28 January 2013 06:30

I took my motorcycle test in 1989, and failed. I don’t remember much about it, except that I wasn’t confident. Days earlier my training school had told me I was terrible. I blame their standard of tuition. At the start of lesson one, an instructor had blipped my throttle, not realising it was a twist-and-go, and gone sprawling across the car ...

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Schwantz on Schwantz

Steve Farrell, 17 January 2013 09:00

When former GP world champion Kevin Schwantz dropped into the MCN office, we threw a net over him and dragged him into the cavernous vault of our picture archives. There he was forced to earn his freedom by talking us through innumerable photos documenting his glorious heyday, from superbike racing in the Eighties to GP victory in the Nineties. The ...

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The rules: Riding for the SAS

Steve Farrell, 09 January 2013 07:30

Enduro riding over rocky savannah and scrub requires stamina, bravery and skill. Dodging bullets from guerrilla soldiers takes some cajolies too. Luckily, most of us have never had to do both at once. But most of are not Bravo Two Zero author Andy McNab. In fact none of us is. Except Andy McNab. And it was he who, while touring ...

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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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Petition demands power restrictions for new drivers

Steve Farrell, 20 September 2012 17:20

A petition is calling for power restrictions for new car drivers in line with those faced by motorcyclists. The petition, posted on a government website, says drivers should face similar measures in the interests of equality and road safety. Riders are currently restricted to 33bhp for two years after passing the standard bike test. New rules from next year will ...

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Government boost for bike scheme

Steve Farrell, 14 September 2012 14:40

A scheme helping young people get to work or college by providing them with scooters has won a £50,000 government grant. The scheme subsidises hire of scooters to young people in rural areas where public transport is poor. The grant is for the Motorcycle Industry Association to expand the initiative nationally.Transport Minister Norman Baker said: “Helping young people access jobs ...

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Parking charge threat

Steve Farrell, 02 July 2012 10:59

Another council looks likely to scrap free roadside motorcycle parking after London’s Westminster took the step. A parking policy review has recommended the introduction of charges to park in motorcycle bays in Camden, North London. The document says other boroughs including Hackney and Islington are interested in doing the same. Campaign group No to Bike Parking Tax warned roadside motorcycle ...

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Speeding penalties set to rise

Steve Farrell, 14 June 2012 15:09

Fixed penalties for speeding could rise from £60 to £90 under proposals announced by the Government. Careless drivers will become an offence that can be dealt with by a £90 fixed penalty instead of a summons under the plans. Under the fixed penalty system, offenders could be given the option attending a course instead getting points on their licence.  Announcing ...

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