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Classic bikes exempt from MoT

Steve Farrell, 25 May 2012 18:12

Bikes made before 1960 will no longer have to pass an MoT test, the Government has confirmed. They will be exempt along with other vehicles of the same age from November 18 this year. Roads Minister Mike Penning said: “Owners of classic cars and motorbikes tend to be enthusiasts who maintain their vehicles well. They don’t need to be told ...

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Britain’s longest line of biking dads sought

Steve Farrell, 25 May 2012 17:31

MCN is looking for Britain’s longest line of biking dads. Are you the father and son of an active biker? Or maybe your father, grandfather and great grandfather all ride motorcycles. If so, we’d like to hear from you for a Father’s Day special feature. Email steve.farrell@motorcyclenews.com

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Rider denied compensation for crash with lorry that crossed white line

Steve Farrell, 16 May 2012 09:16

A motorcyclist who collided with an oncoming lorry which had partly crossed over the central white line has been denied compensation.  To blame the lorry driver would impose too high a standard on him, according to the Court of Appeal ruling.  Motorcyclist Robert Whiteford, of Soham, Cambridgeshire, lost a leg in the crash in April 2009 near Ely. He won ...

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Why police won’t know a bike is stolen after six years

Steve Farrell, 16 April 2012 10:09

Police only keep records of stolen vehicles for six years meaning bikes missing for longer are unlikely to be detected. An MCN investigation has discovered that stolen vehicles’ details are automatically deleted from the Police National Computer on the sixth anniversary of the crime report. Because officers rely on the PNC when running vehicle checks, bikes stolen before 2006 are ...

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Ban and fine for rider who argued 156mph wasn’t dangerous

Steve Farrell, 01 March 2012 09:27

A motorcyclist has been banned from driving after arguing unsuccessfully that speeding at 156mph did not constitute dangerous driving. Peter Clarke, 44, was filmed at the high speed on his Suzuki GSX-R1000 on the A1M in Cambridgeshire last year by an officer on an unmarked Honda Fireblade. Clarke was followed for eight minutes and was also seen undertaking other vehicles. ...

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The end of choppers?

Steve Farrell, 29 February 2012 11:21

Custom choppers are threatened by the latest proposals from Brussels to prevent us modifying our bikes. Modifications targeted by EU anti-tampering plans already include tuning for more power. Now the European Commission wants to add to the list extended forks, a defining feature of choppers. The latest proposals were set out in a meeting between representatives of the Commission, DfT ...

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Mismatched tyres ‘could have caused fatal smash’

Steve Farrell, 01 February 2012 17:14

A motorist who span across the road killing a biker could not be tried for careless driving because her tyres were mismatched, according to the Crown Prosecution Service.  The CPS says there was no point proceeding with the charge because it could not be proved the crash wasn’t caused by the tyres, which were legal but not recommended by the ...

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Petition to scrap new bike licence rules

Steve Farrell, 30 January 2012 11:06

A petition is calling on the Government to scrap planned changes to the motorcycle licence regime. All under-19s are to be limited to 125s and the minimum age for Direct Access raised to 24 under new rules from Brussels. Riders aged 17-19 will only be able to gain a licence for a machine of up to 125cc and 15bhp. At ...

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France bans sat navs with speed camera warnings

Steve Farrell, 13 January 2012 10:26

Sat navs and smart phones which warn of speed camera locations have been banned in France. Offenders face a fine of €1500 (£1237). Sat nav manufacturers are advising customers to switch off the speed camera warning function while in France. The ban, introduced on January 4, has been branded unenforceable by critics who say police will not be able to ...

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Five cleared over ride-out deaths

Steve Farrell, 06 January 2012 15:12

Five motorcyclists controversially charged with causing the death by careless driving of a couple who collided with a car have been cleared. Paul Wheater, 29, Ian Townson, 31, Michael Paul Hannon, 26, David Hastings, 27, and Dax Lerman, 28, were cleared by a judge after the prosecution failed to produce sufficient evidence. They had been charged with causing the deaths ...

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