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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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MPs to join day of protest

Steve Farrell, 23 September 2011 11:13

MPs are set to join bikers in nationwide protests over restrictive new regulations from Europe. They will take part in a demonstration this Sunday consisting of over 100 coordinated protest rides on motorways across the country. The action is opposing a raft of European Commission proposals including ABS and anti-tampering measures on new bikes. At least four MPs are to ...

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Mark our bikes!

Steve Farrell, 02 September 2011 14:21

MCN is calling on bike manufacturers and insurers to provide free security markings to help tackle theft. We want bike makers to put the markings on all new machines and insurers to offer them to all policy holders. The discreet marks deter theft and help police catch offenders by making individual motorcycle parts easily identifiable as stolen. At the moment ...

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Rider killed braking for a speed camera

Steve Farrell, 26 August 2011 14:13

A motorcyclist was killed after braking too hard for a speed camera, a coroner said. Timothy Rowsell, 64, was doing at least 78mph on a Suzuki GSX-R1000 as he approached the speed camera van on a 50mph road. The camera operator, the only eyewitness to the crash, said she saw smoke coming from the bike’s tyres before Rowsell, a married ...

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Rioters attack scooter rider

Steve Farrell, 17 August 2011 14:10

Rioters have been caught on film dragging a rider off his scooter and stealing it. The learner rider is seen being chased and grabbed around the neck as he tries to negotiate his way through rioting in Croydon, South London. One thug then drags him away while another picks up the scooter and rides off. Seconds later the thief falls off ...

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