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Death crash policewoman resigns

A policewoman who caused a crash that killed a motorcyclist while talking on her phone has resigned. Collette Carpenter stepped down after the Crown Prosecution Services’ decision not to charge her was reported in the national press. Carpenter was talking on her phone when she pulled into the path of motorcyclist David Bartholomew, 54, an inquest heard. But the CPS ...

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  • 01 March 2013

Death crash policewoman escapes charges because ‘phone was in her lap’

A policewoman who caused a crash that killed a motorcyclist while talking on her phone has escaped prosecution after saying the device was in her lap. The Crown Prosecution Service says there is not enough evidence that Collette Carpenter, 23, committed an offence. Carpenter, a special constable who has handed out at least six fines for using a phone while ...

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  • 19 February 2013

Adventure firm kept £122,000 of charity donations

A motorcycle adventure firm used by Princes William and Harry has kept up to £122,000 belonging to charities.  Global Enduro went into administration last week having failed to pass on customers’ donations dating back to 2011 to four charities including Prince Harry’s Sentebale, supporting orphans in Lesotho. Participants in a rally each October called Enduro Africa were required to raise £1500 ...

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  • 04 February 2013

The Ten Worst Safety Innovations

Over the years there's been some interesting, awful, and downright dangerous suggestions made to make biking safer, from researchers, manufacturers and government. We've compiled our top ten worst safety innovations. 1. RoofsGive a motorcycle a roof and what you have is no longer a motorcycle. And anyone can make something safer by turning it into something else. You might as well ...

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  • 03 February 2013

Bike holidays in jeopardy after adventure firm ceases trading

A motorcycle adventure firm has ceased trading days before customers were due to begin a two-week tour in Cambodia. Riders booked on the £3495 holiday were expecting to travel to Cambodia this Sunday. They were still waiting for flight details from Global Enduro when the firm ceased trading today. Global Enduro operates 15 off-road motorcycle tours a year to destinations ...

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  • 28 January 2013

How hard can it be to pass the bike test after 22 years?

I took my motorcycle test in 1989, and failed. I don’t remember much about it, except that I wasn’t confident. Days earlier my training school had told me I was terrible. I blame their standard of tuition. At the start of lesson one, an instructor had blipped my throttle, not realising it was a twist-and-go, and gone sprawling across the car ...

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  • 28 January 2013

How to get your motorcycle licence

The new bike test regulations that are in effect from January 19 2013 may seem so complicated you need a separate qualification just to understand them. But MCN is here to help. Just follow our simple step-by-step guide through the minefield of rules and restrictions. Getting started Two documents are needed to ride a motorcycle legally on the road as ...

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  • 18 January 2013

Schwantz on Schwantz

When former GP world champion Kevin Schwantz dropped into the MCN office, we threw a net over him and dragged him into the cavernous vault of our picture archives. There he was forced to earn his freedom by talking us through innumerable photos documenting his glorious heyday, from superbike racing in the Eighties to GP victory in the Nineties. The ...

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  • 17 January 2013

The rules: Riding for the SAS

Enduro riding over rocky savannah and scrub requires stamina, bravery and skill. Dodging bullets from guerrilla soldiers takes some cajolies too. Luckily, most of us have never had to do both at once. But most of are not Bravo Two Zero author Andy McNab. In fact none of us is. Except Andy McNab. And it was he who, while touring ...

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  • 09 January 2013

Ban for 144mph speeder

A motorcyclist who rode at 144mph on an A-road has been banned from driving for six months. Gary Dobson was caught speeding on his BMW S100RR on the A63 at South Milford, North Yorkshire, on October 7. The 40-year-old from Halifax was fined £500 by Selby magistrates after pleading guilty by post at an earlier hearing.

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  • 09 November 2012

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