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How thousands of motorcyclists could be unwittingly uninsured

Steve Farrell, 30 January 2012 11:29

Thousands of motorcyclists could be unwittingly riding without insurance because of confusion over what constitutes a full licence. Many riders tell their insurance company they have had a full licence since the date they passed their standard motorcycle test. But the insurance ombudsman has concluded they are wrong, and a full licence is only obtained when the 33bhp power restriction ...

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Deposits on bikes in doubt after George White folds

Steve Farrell, 26 January 2012 15:17

Britain’s biggest motorcycle dealer could default on dozens of deposits placed on new bikes after going into administration. A source at a major bike manufacturer warned George White Motors was unlikely to complete outstanding orders after the chain’s six branches unexpectedly closed last Thursday. The chain had branches in Swindon, Plymouth, Torbay, Bolton, Donington and Slough, selling bikes from Honda, ...

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Hi-vis gear compulsory in France from next year

Steve Farrell, 09 January 2012 09:03

Motorcyclists in France face compulsory high visibility clothing from next year. The French government is pushing ahead with plans for compulsory hi-vis riding gear despite protests. From January 1 2013, riders of bikes over 125cc will have to wear a reflective item of clothing under the French version of the Highway Code. The reflective area must be on the upper ...

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Cycle group: Don’t let motorcycles in more bus lanes

Steve Farrell, 22 December 2011 16:52

A cycle group says local authorities should not copy London’s scheme of allowing motorcycles in bus lanes. The London Cycling Campaign says the trial should “act as a warning to other authorities” even though it has been deemed successful enough for the measure to be introduced permanently in the capital. The group claims the scheme has delivered no safety benefits. ...

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150mph YouTube speeder escapes jail

Steve Farrell, 04 November 2011 11:28

A motorcyclist who filmed himself speeding at 150mph and posted the footage online has been given a suspended jail sentence and five-year ban. Robert Mark Owens, 48, from Milton Keynes, used a helmet-mounted camera to film himself doing high-seed wheelies through traffic on his Kawasaki ZX-6R in April. The footage on YouTube, shot in Milton Keynes, also shows him mounting ...

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Classic bikes to be MoT exempt

Steve Farrell, 03 November 2011 17:25

Classic bikes will be exempt from the MoT test under proposals published by Roads Minister Mike Penning today. Bikes or cars made before 1960 will no longer have to undergo the inspection under plans. The current requirement for the vehicles to be tested annually goes beyond European legislation, according to the Department for Transport. A spokesman said: “As part of ...

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Changes to bike test revealed

Steve Farrell, 13 October 2011 11:50

Changes to the motorcycle test aimed at improving safety have emerged. Exercises in which many learners have crashed will be conducted at lower speeds to make them safer. Previously learners have been strictly required to reach at least 31mph before swerving around cones and performing an emergency stop, but trials are underway in which they only have to go 27mph. ...

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BMW S1000RR giveaway

Steve Farrell, 07 October 2011 17:01

Three free motorcycles including a BMW S1000RR are to be given away in a competition launched by an insurance firm. The class-leading superbike is offered in prize draw along with a Yamaha XJ6 and Piaggio NRG50. To enter, you must click ‘like’ one the competition’s Facebook page and then choose the bike you want.  All three bikes are painted with ...

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Sign petition to fight EU

Steve Farrell, 28 September 2011 16:31

An MEP is urging riders to sign a petition against EU measures to make motorcycles impossible to modify. The petition, proposed by UKIP MEP Marta Andreasen, calls on Government, MPs and MEPs ‘to oppose in the strongest terms this proposed legislation’. If more than 100,000 signatures are gained, parliament will have to consider a debate on the issue. Tuning will ...

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Bike industry wants ‘damaging’ insurance ad pulled from TV

Steve Farrell, 23 September 2011 11:30

The motorcycle industry is calling for insurance ads featuring a biker injured in a crash to be withdrawn from TV. The Motorcycle Industry Association says the Aviva ads, shown during the ITV’s period drama Downton Abbey, are damaging its efforts to get more people into biking. The 10-second ads, referred to as ‘idents’, dramatise the real-life story an Aviva customer ...


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