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Norton Commando 961 owners wanted

Steve Farrell, 22 August 2012 11:12

Have you bought a bike from revived Norton’s Commando 961 range? If so we’d like your help for an MCN story. We’re not going to ask to ride your bike. We’d just like to speak to you. Email steve.farrell@motorcyclenews.com with a daytime phone number. 

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MoT shake-up planned

Steve Farrell, 16 July 2012 17:29

Motorcycles could face tougher MoT-style tests under EU proposals. A planned Europe-wide annual inspection could be more expensive and complicated than the MoT bikes currently undergo in the UK. The new test regime could also be used to restrict modifications to bikes according to the Motorcycle Action Group. The group’s General Secretary Nich Brown said: “We could be faced with ...

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Brad Pitt walks into London dealership

Steve Farrell, 30 May 2012 17:41

Staff at a London motorcycle dealership looked star struck when Brad Pitt walked in to their showroom today. The actor popped into HGB Motorcycles in Ruislip and bought a Bell Helmet and Alpinestars Kevlar gloves before posing for pictures. A source at the branch said: “We wondered what was going on when two big black cars pulled up outside and ...

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Details of new licence regime confirmed

Steve Farrell, 13 January 2012 17:26

Details of a new motorcycle licence regime to be implemented next year have been confirmed by the Driving Standards Agency.  The new rules will limit all riders under 19 to 125cc machines and under-21s to 47bhp. Those aged 17-19 will only be able to gain a licence for a machine up to 125cc and 15bhp by taking a test on a ...

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Top bike insurer says: ‘No more than three mods, whatever they are’

Steve Farrell, 17 November 2011 11:57

One of Britain’s biggest motorcycle insurers is refusing to cover machines with more than three modifications, irrespective of what they are. Bikes with four minor alterations such as a sticker are automatically rejected by Bennetts Insurance while those with three major modifications including nitrous oxide may not be. Potential customers are asked to identify modifications to their bike by choosing ...

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MCN Back Off EU: Get the t-shirt!

Steve Farrell, 28 October 2011 17:35

T-shirts supporting our MCN Back Off EU protest are available to buy with profits to be donated to African development charity Riders for Health. Join our ride against stifling EU plans The t-shirts bear the rally’s logo of a fist making a victory sign, in Union Jack colours, with the slogan ‘Back Off EU’ printed over the top. They are ...

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No helmet and toddler on tank

Steve Farrell, 13 October 2011 10:12

Police have released footage of a man riding an off-road bike with a no helmet and his toddler son sitting on the petrol tank. Ryan Ward was filmed riding on roads and footpaths by a police helicopter in Harpurhey, Manchester. He admitted child cruelty, dangerous driving and driving while disqualified in April but the film was only released yesterday after ...

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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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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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