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Government data on motorcycle tax evasion "could have been made up"

Steve Farrell, 06 May 2008 15:48

Government data suggesting nearly 40% of motorcycles are untaxed could have been made up, an MP has said. Department for Transport admit tax evasion figures were wrong The suggestion came as senior civil servants responsible for the data were hauled over the coals by the Commons public accounts committee. Committee member Angela Browning MP said researchers contracted to note down ...

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Motorcycle to celebrate 70 years of Ace Cafe

Steve Farrell, 16 April 2008 11:59

Ace Cafe owner Mark Wilsmore has teamed up with leading custom motorcycle builder Nick Gale to rebuild 100 motorcycles to mark the 70th anniversary of the venue this year. The Ace Cafe Racers will be 'beautiful and represent the epitome of what cafe racing is all about' say Wilsomore and Gale. But with a 100 cubic inch (1600cc) V-twin motor ...

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Freebird falls short

Steve Farrell, 09 January 2008 16:54

New biker movie Freebird is described in the makers’ bumf as a cross between the cult classics Withnail & I and Quadrophenia, but it’s more like Pirates of the Caribbean on bikes. MCN attended an exclusive screening of the film, about three motorcycle couriers (Phil Daniels, Geoff Bell and Gary Stretch) who ride to Wales to find a hippy (Arthur ...

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Three new arrests over Hells Angel shooting

Steve Farrell, 03 October 2007 12:07

Police investigating the murder of Hells Angel Gerard Tobin who was shot dead while riding on the M40 have made three new arrests early this morning. Three men are to be questioned on suspicion of of conspiracy to commit murder following arrests in Coventry and Milton Keynes. Warwickshire Police said in a statement: ‘A 44-year-old man was arrested from his ...

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Serious bike crashes up

Steve Farrell, 09 August 2007 15:20

Serious and fatal motorcycle crashes have risen while slight casualties have fallen, according to Government figures published today. Department for Transport (DFT) provisional estimates for the first quarter of 2007 report that the most serious motorcycle crashes rose by 6% compared to the previous year, while slight casualties fell by 4% and all rider casualties fell by 1%. The only ...

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Barriers to be more dangerous for bikes

Steve Farrell, 25 July 2007 10:03

A new standard for roadside barriers makes them safer for cars but more dangerous for motorcyclists, according to international road safety watchdogs.   Every new or replacement crash barrier on every trunk road is now required to feature large steel plates at either end under new Highways Agency guidance. The intention is to prevent cars from being launched into the air ...

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New claims we pollute more than cars

Steve Farrell, 07 March 2007 11:21

Claims that motorcycles are worse for pollution than cars have been backed by cyclists. The UK’s national cyclists’ organisation has claimed motorcycles emit more pollutants than cars and called on Government not to encourage their use. Riders’ rights groups say the claims ignores that fact that fewer resources are used in the production of motorcycles. Roger Geffen, campaigns and policy ...

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Like strange bikes?

Steve Farrell, 05 March 2007 16:15

Do you have a strange bond with a bike that no-one else cares about? Are you greeted by blank faces whenever you try to explain why you like it? Do you find yourself looking enviously at online communities for owners of other models, wondering why there isn’t one for yours?  Are you an owners’ club of one? If so, we’d ...


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