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Cops put bikes through roadside MoTs

Steve Farrell, 09 September 2011 17:26

Motorcyclists are being subjected to 15-minute roadside MoT-style inspections because of a police training course. Riders are stopped in large numbers and directed into makeshift inspections bays where their bikes are examined by two officers. The operations are training days on a City & Guilds motorcycle inspection course for police. In the latest, in Birmingham last Wednesday during rush-hour, 76 motorcyclists were ...

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Newspaper columnist: Ban motorcycles

Steve Farrell, 24 June 2011 15:52

A newspaper column saying motorcycles should be banned has attracted dozens of objections from readers. Hugh Curran begins his article: ‘It's time to ban the motorcycle. There, I said it. It needed to be said.’ The motoring columnist for US daily newspaper Sun Sentinel argues motorcycles are too dangerous and that casualties have an ‘economic impact’ on everyone. He claims ...

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Why new bikes aren’t as heavy as you think

Steve Farrell, 21 April 2011 16:23

The specifications of some small-to-middle-weight new bikes have caused disquiet on the forums of MCN this year. One user wrote of the new Honda CBR250R, which weighs 162kg and makes a claimed 26bhp: “I can't believe how heavy these things are. Modern four-cylinder 600s are down to this sort of weight.” Another user said both the CBR250R and the 169kg ...

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Biker death at speed camera site

Steve Farrell, 12 April 2011 10:58

A motorcyclist crashed and died after braking as he approached a speed camera van.Witnesses say the rider lost control before hitting the central reservation.The 64-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene, on the A338 in Bournemouth on Saturday morning.The rider, who has not been named, was from the Bournemouth area.A Dorset Police spokesman said: "Due to the proximity of the stationary safety ...

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Engine theft loophole

Steve Farrell, 01 April 2011 12:02

Motorcycles fitted with stolen engines can be given registration documents making them appear legitimate, DVLA has admitted.  The agency said it would issue replacement registrations documents showing new engine numbers on request, without checking if the number related to a stolen bike. It means a bike with a stolen engine could be offered for sale with a registration document making ...

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Six-month suspended sentence for 149mph speeder

Steve Farrell, 09 March 2011 10:55

A motorcyclist has been given a six-month suspended jail sentence for pulling a wheelie and speeding at 149mph on the M2 in Kent. Danny Bleach, 37, was filmed from an unmarked police motorcycle as he wheelied and reached over double the limit on the M2 bridge between Strood and Chatham. Bleach, from Belvedere, was ordered to do 200 hours’ unpaid ...

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Fund cameras or not? You decide

Steve Farrell, 22 February 2011 16:56

From April, first-time speeders caught going up to 16mph over the limit will be offered £100 'speed awareness courses' instead of three points and a £60. A third of the course fee will go to funding cameras in a bid to keep them running following Government spending cuts.  

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Motorcyclists half as likely to drink-drive

Steve Farrell, 17 December 2010 15:43

Bikers are half as likely as other road users to drink-drive, according to the Motorcycle Industry Association. Figures show that only 1.4% of riders tested after an accident failed a breathalyzer, compared to 2.7% of all road user casualties. An MCI spokesman said: “Although motorcyclists are half as likely as car drivers to take the risk of drinking and driving, the ...

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Tom Cruise and David Beckham’s bike club

Steve Farrell, 13 December 2010 17:21

Tom Cruise and David Beckham have reportedly formed an exclusive bike club for A-list celebrities in LA. The Midnight Boys Bike Club is said to take cruises through the Hollywood Hills in the dead of night. Cruise and Beckham, who both ride Confederate Hellcats, have invited other stars including Orlando Bloom and Brad Pitt to join, according to the Sunday ...

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AA warning over speed cameras

Steve Farrell, 06 September 2010 17:06

Scrapping speed cameras will risk lives, according to the AA. Cameras have already been switched off in Oxfordshire and Wiltshire and more areas are likely to follow due to government funding cuts. AA president Edmund King said: "The views of motorists are not being reflected and lives are at risk. People are more concerned about the battle to save lives ...

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