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Bike brands top theft league

Steve Farrell, 06 December 2012 16:08

Motorcycle and scooter brands are top in a league of vehicle makes most likely to be stolen.  Researchers compared the number of vehicles on the road from car and motorcycle manufacturers to the number recorded as stolen on the Police National Computer. They found the 12 brands with the highest theft rates were all makes of motorcycle. The first non-bike maker, Mercedes, was at 13. The top ...

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France bins hi-vis plans

Steve Farrell, 03 December 2012 15:23

French plans for compulsory high-visibility motorcycle clothing have been withdrawn. French government had proposed making riders wear at least 150 square-centimetres of reflective material. The plans have been shelved after it emerged they were in breach of an EU directive. The U-turn also follows protests by French riders. A spokesman for the Motorcycle Action Group said the government appeared to ...

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Bike journo caught at 160mph was ‘euphoric’ after proposing to girlfriend

Steve Farrell, 23 November 2012 10:15

A motorcycle journalist caught speeding at 160mph has been banned for three months after telling a court his girlfriend had just agreed to marry him.  Andrew Stevens, 30, who writes for a website, was filmed pulling wheelies at up to 80mph on his Yamaha R1 test bike. He was followed by an unmarked police bike along Seven Mile Lane, near ...

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Big bikes escape EU anti-tampering measures

Steve Farrell, 22 November 2012 17:01

Motorcycles producing over 47bhp have escaped EU plans to make bikes impossible for owners to modify.  European Parliament has voted in favour of limiting so-called anti-tampering measures to smaller machines.  All new bikes over 125cc will get ABS under the regulation approved by MEPs. Smaller machines can have combined brakes instead.  The anti-tampering measures aim to prevent modifications of bikes ...

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Armed robbers on bikes raid indoor shopping centre

Steve Farrell, 06 November 2012 16:38

Robbers armed with axes and bats rode motorcycles through and indoor shopping centre and raided a jewellery store. Six robbers on three bikes including a white Triumph Daytona 675 rode through Brent Cross Shopping Centre at 10.15 this morning. The pillion passengers got off and smashed the windows of Fraser Hart, stealing watches and jewellery. The suspects wore helmets with ...

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Crosstourer too sporty for pillion insurance says Aviva

Steve Farrell, 04 October 2012 17:06

The UK’s biggest insurer is refusing cover for Honda Crosstourers unless riders agree to never carry a pillion. Aviva says the VFR1200X is a sports bike and on a list of machines the firm will not insure for carrying passengers. A spokeswoman said:  ‘As you’re aware, some classes of motorbike are restricted regarding insurance for pillion passengers and this is ...

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Bike test doubts after reshuffle

Steve Farrell, 06 September 2012 09:18

Plans to improve the motorcycle test could stall following the government reshuffle, the British Motorcyclists Federation has warned. Former Roads Minister Mike Penning was the architect of plans to scrap an off-road part of the test in which hundreds of learners have crashed attempting manoeuvres including a swerve. Penning, a former biker, announced a review in MCN aimed at creating ...

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At least you’ll crash within the speed limit!

Steve Farrell, 16 August 2012 13:35

It’s a massive pothole on a bend but at least you won’t be speeding if it makes you crash.  A council has been accused of compromising safety to catch speeders by painting the white line in the pothole instead of repairing it. The line is needed for the speed camera in the background to catch offenders breaking the 40mph limit ...

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Video: MCN rides with The White Helmets

Steve Farrell, 07 August 2012 11:45

When I asked the White Helmets if they could teach me to jump over something, I had in mind an object about waist-height. Big enough for injury to be a possibility - otherwise no one would be impressed - but not a certainty. A dog would be too small; the Snake River Canyon too big. Something like a supermarket checkout ...

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SMIDSY driver cleared over rider’s death

Steve Farrell, 05 July 2012 13:28

A motorist who pulled out on a motorcyclist has been cleared of causing the rider’s death by careless driving.  Driver Ian MacIntyre, 58, was found not guilty after a jury heard he simply didn’t see Ducati rider David Blackburn, 53, who was fatally injured. MacIntyre pulled across the A155 in Hagnaby, Lincolnshire, in his Jaguar XF sports car in April ...

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