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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 Honda Pan Europeans for sale here The Pan Europeans were withdrawn from police use last year following reports of a high speed wobble.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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Motorcycle prices set to rise in 2009

Steve Farrell, 01 August 2008 13:48

Bikers have been told to brace themselves for sharp increases in new motorcycle prices from 2009. Experts and manufacturers say the cost of producing bikes is soaring thanks to rocketing steel and aluminium prices and higher shipping costs driven by oil prices. Click here to grab a second hand bargain motorcycle before the prices go up The weakness of the pound against ...

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Police admit they may have “standardised” speed camera van

Steve Farrell, 29 April 2008 13:33

Police have accepted the possibility they tried to “standardise” this speed camera van after first denying any attempt to disguise it. Derbyshire Police own up over sneaky speed camera Derbyshire Police had repeatedly claimed the vehicle had only been painted in plain colours but our before-and-after pictures reveal other alterations which help hide its identity. They show an extra rear ...

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Motorcycles targeted with new multi-directional speed cameras

Steve Farrell, 04 April 2008 17:55

Motorcyclists will be targeted with new multi-directional speed cameras capable of filming us from the front, side and rear. The camera system was unveiled as it claimed motorcyclists have got away with serious offences because ordinary cameras failed to identify them. A publicity video for the new camera system showed two cases, including one in which a rider appears to ...

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Bus lane access hangs in the balance

Steve Farrell, 03 April 2008 13:44

Boris Johnson is a fraction ahead of Ken Livingstone in the race to win London’s mayoral election on May 1, according to a poll published today. The outcome of the battle is likely to determine whether motorcycles are allowed to use London’s bus lanes, with Johnson promising to open them to us and Livingstone steadfastly refusing. It’s also likely to ...

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Free Ferrari for BMW R1200GS Adventure riders

Steve Farrell, 31 March 2008 17:35

Oil giant Shell is offering free Ferraris – but only motorcyclists who ride a BMW R1200GS Adventure will be able to claim one. The official scale models are free with every 30 litres of fuel until May 7. With a massive 33 litre usable tank capacity, GS Adventure owners should just manage it. There are six different cars to collect. ...

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