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Comic Relief snubs disabled bikers

Steve Farrell, 09 March 2009 12:22

A Comic Relief film about disabled bikers was axed because programme makers did not want to be linked with motorcyclists, the head of a disabled bikers’ charity has claimed. Emma Freud, partner of Comic Relief founder Richard Curtis, blocked the film, saying: “Comic Relief should not be associating itself with bikers,” according to the National Association of Bikers with a ...

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Tuesday ‘most dangerous day of week’

Steve Farrell, 15 January 2009 17:37

Tuesday is the most dangerous day of the week for motorcyclists, according to insurer Bennetts. The firm’s annual report looked at claims in the year to July 2008 and found bike accidents would drop by nearly a quarter if we all spent Tuesdays in bed. Compare motorcycle insurance with MCN Surprisingly the weekend was found to be when fewest accidents ...

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New test launched in Northern Ireland

Steve Farrell, 17 December 2008 14:38

A new-style motorcycle test has been launched in Northern Ireland. Learner riders there must now pass three tests – a theory test, a manoeuvres test and a practical on-road test. Previously riders have had to pass the theory test and an on-road test only. The new examination includes slow moving exercises, riding in a curve at 30kmh (19mph) and an ...

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Vigilante biker reports speeders to police

Steve Farrell, 29 October 2008 10:15

A vigilante motorcyclist has revealed how he rides dead on the speed limit, films bikers who overtake and hands the footage to police. Riding instructor Jeff Smith uses a helmet-mounted camera to film continuously for up to three hours while riding his ex-police Honda Pan European. The 62-year-old from Southampton said: “I record all the idiots that, while I’m doing ...

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Cops cut up dumped bike

Steve Farrell, 15 October 2008 15:08

Police found a bike whose owner they could not trace – and cut it to pieces in a show of zero tolerance for “anti-social” motorcycling. The tatty but classic Kawasaki Z550 was butchered with an angle grinder after officers found it dumped with a false number plate.   By the look of the picture, they didn’t even remove the fluids before ...

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Wearing top-name motorcycle helmet could cost you thousands, say testers

Steve Farrell, 24 September 2008 17:35

Wearing a crash helmet which failed to score the maximum five stars in new safety tests could mean less compensation after a crash, according to experts. Insurers will argue it was your choice to wear only a three-or-four-star helmet and that you are therefore partly responsible for the extent of any injuries, it was claimed. Helmets to achieve fewer than ...

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Motorcycles to get speed limiters

Steve Farrell, 19 September 2008 16:51

Motorcycles will be fitted with speed limiters linked to satellites to prevent them ever exceeding the limit under plans announced by Government. The devices could take control from riders by automatically cutting power whenever a speed limit is exceeded. Watered-down versions which can be overridden or which only warn riders they are speeding are also under consideration. The Department for ...

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Road deaths up for Brunstrom – again

Steve Farrell, 15 September 2008 09:38

Deaths have doubled on the roads of controversial police chief Richard Brunstrom, nicknamed the Mad Mullah of speed cameras.  Figures just released on North Wales Police’s website show 17 people lost their lives on the region’s roads in the year to August compared to nine the previous year. It’s the eighth month in a row the force has reported a ...

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£500 to take motorcycle test

Steve Farrell, 01 September 2008 15:55

Learner riders are having to pay nearly £500 to take their test due to a shortage of places. Get the latest news on the new motorcycle test In the clamour to get full licences before changes to the test from September 29, parts of the country have been left with no places available except for those pre-booked by rider training ...

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Ex-Police Honda Pan Europeans for sale

Steve Farrell, 01 September 2008 15:33

Dozens of ex-police Honda Pan Europeans are up for sale on the internet after forces deemed them unfit to use. Honda Pan Europeans for sale here The Pan Europeans were withdrawn from police use last year following reports of a high speed wobble. Honda claimed any problem would affect police bikes only because they have up-rated suspension for heavy loads. ...

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