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The end of choppers?

Custom choppers are threatened by the latest proposals from Brussels to prevent us modifying our bikes. Modifications targeted by EU anti-tampering plans already include tuning for more power. Now the European Commission wants to add to the list extended forks, a defining feature of choppers. The latest proposals were set out in a meeting between representatives of the Commission, DfT ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 29 February 2012

Helmet review: Arai Tour-X3

Arai Tour-X3, £354.99 (£299 on MCN Shop; superseded by Arai Tour-X4) Miles covered/time: 3500/one year What’s good: It’s an off- and on-road lid in one.  Detach the peak and you have a normal helmet for the road. Put it back on and it’s an off-road/adventure lid with a visor. The Arai name gives you a certain confidence in the level ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Helmets
  • 02 February 2012

Mismatched tyres ‘could have caused fatal smash’

A motorist who span across the road killing a biker could not be tried for careless driving because her tyres were mismatched, according to the Crown Prosecution Service.  The CPS says there was no point proceeding with the charge because it could not be proved the crash wasn’t caused by the tyres, which were legal but not recommended by the ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 01 February 2012

Petition to scrap new bike licence rules

A petition is calling on the Government to scrap planned changes to the motorcycle licence regime. All under-19s are to be limited to 125s and the minimum age for Direct Access raised to 24 under new rules from Brussels. Riders aged 17-19 will only be able to gain a licence for a machine of up to 125cc and 15bhp. At ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 30 January 2012

France bans sat navs with speed camera warnings

Sat navs and smart phones which warn of speed camera locations have been banned in France. Offenders face a fine of €1500 (£1237). Sat nav manufacturers are advising customers to switch off the speed camera warning function while in France. The ban, introduced on January 4, has been branded unenforceable by critics who say police will not be able to ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 13 January 2012

Five cleared over ride-out deaths

Five motorcyclists controversially charged with causing the death by careless driving of a couple who collided with a car have been cleared. Paul Wheater, 29, Ian Townson, 31, Michael Paul Hannon, 26, David Hastings, 27, and Dax Lerman, 28, were cleared by a judge after the prosecution failed to produce sufficient evidence. They had been charged with causing the deaths ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 06 January 2012

BMW answers MCN theft campaign

BMW has become the first manufacturer to security mark all new bikes in response to an MCN campaign. The firm will mark every bike it sells with a unique hidden code on dozens of individual parts linking them to the owner. The system deters thieves by making it more difficult for them to sell the bike or parts without getting ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 05 January 2012

Four jailed over bike theft eBay racket

Four men have been jailed for their role in a racket stealing bikes and selling the parts on eBay. The men were arrested following an 18-month investigation which identified 20 stolen motorcycles worth over £100,000. Jamie Sadik, 24, James Oliver, 28, Lloyd Smith, 39, and Daniel Setters, 27, all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal. Sadik was sentenced to 32 months in ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 22 December 2011

Annual SORN declarations scrapped

Motorcyclists with bikes kept off-road will no longer have to fill in a SORN declaration form every year following a Government announcement. Owners will only have to fill in a Statutory Off-Road Notification once instead of annually. The need for a paper licence counterpart is also to be scrapped from 2015 in changes aimed at cutting red tape for motorists. ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 19 December 2011

MEPs push ahead with plans to make tuning impossible

MEPs have voted to make bikes impossible to tune despite a Brussels protest by motorcyclists against the measures. European Parliament’s lead committee on the proposals wants manufacturers to develop bikes which can’t be modified for more power. The Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO) wants riders who do manage to tune their bike to submit it for an inspection. ...

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  • 12 December 2011

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