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Bad drivers caught on film as helmet cam sales double

Steve Farrell, 18 October 2011 12:05

Bad drivers are increasingly likely to have their antics caught on camera and posted online as more and more motorcyclists routinely use helmets cameras. Sales of the devices have doubled in two years and risen 40% in the last 12months according to retailers. The small cameras can be stuck to side of helmets with suction cups and record up to ...

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MCN Mark Our Bikes campaign victory!

Steve Farrell, 13 October 2011 11:17

A bike insurer is giving away free theft-preventing security markings, weeks after MCN called for the move. The firm, which insures one in five UK motorcyclists, has launched a free offer for anyone buying or renewing a policy. MCN’s Mark Our Bike’s campaign has been calling on bike insurers and manufacturers to help tackle theft by giving free security marking ...

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Brussels demo over EU plans

Steve Farrell, 05 October 2011 16:05

MCN is taking the fight over the meddling EU to Brussels with a demonstration rally. We’re staging a protest ride to European Parliament to coincide with a vote on restrictive new measures for bikes. Join our Facebook group on the demo here Tuning could become impossible and even home-maintenance severely hampered under proposals to make bikes impossible to modify. So-called onboard diagnostic ...

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No cuddly meerkats for bikers

Steve Farrell, 30 September 2011 17:27

An insurance firm is offering free cuddly toys – but not to bikers. Compare the Market is giving away a free cuddly meerkat with policies. But the toys, which are selling for £40 on eBay, are offered only with car, van, pet or home insurance. A disappointed motorcyclist said: "I just renewed my bike insurance hoping for my free meerkat ...

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80mph motorway speed limit by 2013

Steve Farrell, 30 September 2011 08:57

Motorway speed limits could increase to 80mph by 2013. Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said there had been "huge advances in safety and motoring technology" since the current 70mph limit was introduced in 1964 and raising it "would generate economic benefits of hundreds of millions of pounds through shorter journey times". A consultation will be launched this year. The Department for ...

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Police target demo

Steve Farrell, 26 September 2011 16:00

Police in Northumberland stopped 45 motorcyclists taking part in Sunday’s EU demonstration and issued them with warnings for allegedly riding in an anti-social manner. If they are deemed to be riding anti-socially again within the next 12 months, their bikes can be seized under the Police Reform Act. Chief Supt Gordon Milward said: "While the majority of bikers protested in ...

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Bikers take over motorways in EU demo

Steve Farrell, 26 September 2011 09:55

Thousands of motorcyclists took over motorways for half-an-hour on Sunday in protest over EU plans. Bikers made their feelings known with go-slow rides taking place simultaneously from around 100 starting points across the country.  Processions of hundreds of motorcyclists rode at 45mph for 10 miles in the EU Hands Off Biking demonstrations, organised by the Motorcycle Action Group. In London, police stopped other ...

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Ireland confirms hi-vis plans

Steve Farrell, 23 September 2011 17:01

Ireland’s Road Safety Authority has confirmed plans to make all motorcyclists wear high-visibility clothing. A spokesman for the authority said: “We do intend to seek to introduce the measure in 2014, subject to consultation with motorcyclists and industry on the most appropriate type of hi-vis material and possible solutions." Nich Brown, General Secretary of the Motorcycle Action Group, said: "Too ...

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Motorway demo over restrictive EU rules

Steve Farrell, 06 September 2011 11:50

A Motorcycle lobby group is planning to bring disruption to motorways across the country in protest over restrictive new legislation from Europe for bikes. The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) wants bikers to meet at service stations all over the UK before holding up traffic in 45mph motorway rides on September 25.  The group is opposing a raft of European Commission proposals ...

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Bikers asked for views on anti-tampering plans

Steve Farrell, 05 September 2011 12:20

British motorcyclists have been asked for views on a raft of European proposals for bikes including mandatory ABS and measures to prevent tuning. A consultation launched by the Department for Transport gives riders until October 28 to respond. Roads Minister Mike Penning said: "This is a chance for both motorcycle manufacturers and riders to have their say on this new ...

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