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Bikers charged hundreds of pounds a year extra for life insurance

A major life insurer has started charging customers hundreds of pounds a year extra for riding a motorcycle. Ageas Insurance asks policy applicants whether they have ridden a motorcycle during the last 12 months and if so what capacity it was. Anyone aged 50 or under who says they have ridden a bike over 499cc is charged extra, typically around ...

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  • General news
  • 10 December 2011

French firm unveils carbon-framed V-twin superbike

A carbon-framed turbo-charged V-twin superbike has been unveiled by French manufacturer Boxer Design. Called the Superbob, its 1000cc engine has been developed in partnership with Akira Technologies, the firm behind Inmotec's V4 MotoGP engine. The Superbob makes a claimed 158bhp and weighs 175kg. It was unveiled today at the Paris motorcycle show as a concept which will go into production in ...

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  • 29 November 2011

New G650GS-powered Husqvarna street bike unveiled

A new Husqvarna 650cc single-cylinder road bike has been unveiled today. The Strada uses the engine from BMW's G650GS. It has been shown as a 'concept' at the Paris motorcycle show but is set to go into production late next year. It's a street bike with off-road capabilities according to Husqvarna. Official power and torque figures have not been released but ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 29 November 2011

MCN’s Brussels protest: ‘What a superb day!’

Motorcyclists have been sharing their pictures and experiences from MCN’s Brussels protest ride on a Facebook page. Around 200 riders travelled hundreds of miles to take part in last Tuesday’s protest against EU anti-tampering measures for bikes. They included Red Dwarf star Danny John-Jules, who plays Cat in the sitcom. He said on the day: “I wanted to support the ...

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  • 28 November 2011

Brit bikes steal show at Motorcycle Live

British bikes proved a massive hit at the NEC Motorcycle Live show last weekend thanks to stunning displays from Triumph, Norton, Metisse and Royal Enfield. Triumph led the way, with show-goers swamping its stand to see the new Tiger Explorer, top-spec Speed Triple R and the firm acknowledging demand for its Steve McQueen Edition Bonneville looking set to overwhelm supply. ...

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  • 21 November 2011

‘Thousands of learners could have to pass test twice’

Thousands of learner motorcyclists could have to take a controversial riding test twice despite passing the first time, riding instructors have warned. They are also likely to be charged twice as a result of changes to the motorcycle test.At the moment the practical riding test consists of two exams, one off-road and one on. But from 2013 the two are ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 10 November 2011

Win a £12,000 bike for doing police Bikesafe course

Motorcyclists are being offered the chance to win a bike worth £12,000 for doing a safe riding course taught by police. A scooter worth up to £2000 is also on offer in the initiative to improve motorcycle safety in London. Winners will get to choose the bike or scooter model they want up to the prize value. Three runners up ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 03 November 2011

Police demand riders admit to alleged offence, then decide what offence.

Police say they can demand riders admit to an alleged offence, then decide what offence. They have been accused of abusing the law with the tactic, used against a number of motorcyclists. MCN revealed how riders had received police letters saying they were suspected of an offence but withholding details of the allegation. The letters said they must admit who ...

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  • 28 October 2011

Bad drivers caught on film as helmet cam sales double

Bad drivers are increasingly likely to have their antics caught on camera and posted online as more and more motorcyclists routinely use helmets cameras. Sales of the devices have doubled in two years and risen 40% in the last 12months according to retailers. The small cameras can be stuck to side of helmets with suction cups and record up to ...

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  • General news
  • 18 October 2011

MCN Mark Our Bikes campaign victory!

A bike insurer is giving away free theft-preventing security markings, weeks after MCN called for the move. The firm, which insures one in five UK motorcyclists, has launched a free offer for anyone buying or renewing a policy. MCN’s Mark Our Bike’s campaign has been calling on bike insurers and manufacturers to help tackle theft by giving free security marking ...

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  • 13 October 2011

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