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Controversial loan companies target bikers

Steve Farrell, 21 December 2010 12:49

Second-hand buyers are more at risk of having their bikes seized over outstanding finance thanks to an explosion in a controversial lending practice. The number of so-called log book loans secured on vehicles has increased dramatically in the recession because they are offered without credit checks and allow quick access to cash.  But vehicle history checks may not reveal the ...

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Bike casualties down

Steve Farrell, 24 June 2010 15:38

Motorcycle casualties fell 4% in 2009 despite a 2% rise in bike traffic. Government figures released today show the number of both fatal and serious motorcycle casualties was 4% lower than the year before. Fatalities fell from 493 to 472 while serious injuries went from 5556 to 5350. All motorcycle casualties also fell 4%, to 20,703. Meanwhile deaths of all ...

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"Bikers would be better off under Lib Dems"

Steve Farrell, 05 May 2010 15:30

Motorcyclists would be made better off by Lib Dem plans to cut road tax and fuel duty and introduce road pricing, the party claims.  Bikes would get road pricing discounts to reflect their environmental benefits over cars while fuel costs would be lower and road tax would be scrapped, according to Shadow Transport Minister John Leech. Road pricing would be ...

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MCN reader to be Bennetts Babe judge

Steve Farrell, 12 March 2010 16:30

One MCN reader is guaranteed to be on a panel of judges choosing a model squad for bike insurer Bennetts. The chosen reader will face the arduous take of helping the firm pick models to front its marketing campaigns from hundreds of hopefuls. The insurer has set up an exclusive web page to ensure one of two available places on ...

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The road with 200 manhole covers per mile

Steve Farrell, 26 February 2010 15:32

A road in Cambridgeshire with 200 slippery manhole cover per mile has been branded “fantastically dangerous” for motorcyclists by a councillor. The main road through Cambourne, a new village, is designed to keep traffic within 20mph by blocking forward vision with a series of bends. But planners seem to have overlooked the fact that for every bend in the road, ...

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Reclaim North Wales - fine weather predicted

Steve Farrell, 11 September 2009 15:55

Fine weather is forecasted for North Wales on Sunday – when thousands of you are set to descend on the region with MCN. Our Reclaim North Wales campaign is taking a stance against heavy-handed police tactics which are driving law-abiding riders away. According to the Met Office the outlook for the region on Sunday is dry with some cloud and ...

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Bikes left out of electric vehicle plans

Steve Farrell, 17 April 2009 09:41

Motorcycles are to be excluded from a government scheme offering motorists up to £5,000 toward the cost of an electric vehicle. Drivers will be offered money toward electric cars but buyers of electric bikes will not get a penny under plans announced today.  A spokesman for the Department for Transport (DfT) said: “Cars are the biggest source of emissions from ...

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Hazel Blears has bike custom-built

Steve Farrell, 23 February 2009 10:43

Hazel Blears is having a motorcycle custom-made for herself. The Communities Secretary, who has been a motorcyclist for over 10 years, revealed her plans when asked for advice on what sort of bike to buy. She said: ‘My advice is to test-drive as many different types as you can, because you can spend a lot of time with your bike, ...

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Over million potholes repairs needed a

Steve Farrell, 13 February 2009 17:51

Over a million potholes will need to be repaired this year following recent freezing weather conditions, according to experts. They say damage caused water expanding as it freezes in cracks will leave roads in their worst state for years and councils facing a £64 million repair bill. Roads across the country have already thawed to reveal thousands of new potholes, many ...

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‘HA55 LAM’ reg plate for sale

Steve Farrell, 19 January 2009 17:41

The treasured number plate ‘HA55 LAM’ is to be auctioned by the DVLA. The agency is expecting bids from fans of racing legend Ron Haslam and his British Superbike star son Leon Haslam Damian Lawson, the DVLA’s personalised registrations marketing manager, said: “Their surname is synonymous with motorbike racing. There’s no denying our registration HA55 LAM is the perfect opportunity ...

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