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‘Change clocks to cut bike casualties’

Motorcycling would be safer if clocks were brought forward by an hour to make evenings lighter, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists. The group wants a three-year trial of new daylight hours to tackle a spike in casualties each year after the clocks go back at the end of October. Last year the motorcycle casualty rate in November was ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 29 October 2012

Reprieve for high-powered bikes in anti-tampering plans

Anti-tampering measures on new bikes will be limited to machines up to 47bhp, MEPs have agreed.  New motorcycles are to get so-called on-board diagnostic systems capable of registering modifications as faults to be rectified by a mechanic. The aim is to make it impossible to modify motorcycles which comply with power restrictions for new riders from next year. The measures will apply ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 19 October 2012

Second city plans bike parking charges

Liverpool could follow London’s Westminster in scrapping free roadside motorcycle parking. A charge for motorcycle parking in the city centre could be introduced as early as this year under plans. A Liverpool Council spokesman said: "A range of proposals are currently being considered, including the introduction of a small charge for motorcycle parking.”A public consultation is due to start within ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 04 October 2012

Rider deaths down

Motorcycle fatalities fell 10% last year according to latest government figures. It’s the second year in a row of improvement after a fall of 15% in 2010. Rider deaths were down 33% in 2011 compared to the average number killed per year from 2005-2009.  The motorcycle fatality rate – taking into account miles travelled by bike – was down even ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 27 September 2012

Boot review: Acerbis Profile X-Tight enduro and motocross boots

Acerbis Profile X-Tight enduro and motocross boots, £235Time used: 18 months What’s good: They’re tough enough to kick down walls but comfortable, too. There are only two clasps to fasten per foot, not half a dozen like some off-road boots. One clasp has a ratchet mechanism which makes it easy to get them nice and tight at the ankle. Some ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Boots
  • 21 September 2012

Honda’s 134mpg scooter

Honda’s latest 125 scooter will do a claimed 133.9mpg - around 50% more than the most fuel efficient petrol cars. The new SH125i has 16-inch wheels and space under the seat for a full-face helmet. The Italian-built scoot goes on sale in November.  

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 20 September 2012

Hands-free phones ‘just as distracting’

Drivers making hands-free calls are just as distracted as those on handheld phones, a Which? study has shown. Meanwhile texting is far more distracting than making a call – and more so than drinking up to the legal limit, according to the research. A driving simulator gauged reaction time to hazards while researchers tried texting, making calls and drinking to ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 20 September 2012

Boot review: Rev’It Apache H2O touring boots

Rev’It Apache H2O touring boots, £164.99Miles covered/time: 2000/18 months What’s good: A key attraction of these boots is the look. They’re nicely styled from tough full-grain leather, with suede at the shin and calf. They’ve got a comfy, springy sole and a handle on the calf that makes them easy to pull on. They seem sturdy enough to provide a ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Boots
  • 14 September 2012

Tucano Urbano Nano Shoe Cover

Tucano Urbano Nano Shoe Cover, £33.99Time used: One yearWhat’s good: Put them over any footwear and suddenly you have waterproof boots on. Take them off again and stuff them in your pocket, folded neatly and compactly in their own zip bag. Unlike some fold-away waterproof boots, they actually have a rubber sole, which means they don’t wear out the first ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Boots
  • 29 August 2012

Try off-roading for free

Motorcyclists are being offered the chance to try off-road riding for free with tuition from a former world motocross champion. Off-road beginners will get free goes on bikes from Yamaha, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, AJP and Husqvarna in an event staged by the Motorcycle Industry Association. Top instructors including three-time former world 500cc champion Dave Thorpe will be on hand at ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 06 August 2012

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