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John Lennon’s Monkey Bike sells for £30,000

Michael Carroll, 19 June 2008 09:58

The auction of a monkey bike once owned by John Lennon (MCN, April 23, 2008) has surpassed the reserve price set out by auction house Bonhams by a massive £22,000. Bonhams had set the reserve price for the 1970s Honda 160Z at £6,000-8000, but the bike eventually fetched £30,000 at the auction held yesterday, after fierce bidding by a pair ...

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Shell driver’s strike set to go ahead

Michael Carroll, 11 June 2008 11:34

Tanker drivers who deliver fuel to Shell’s UK forecourts look set to carry out a four-day strike over the weekend, after their union Unite failed to agree a new pay deal with haulage firms. Unite and haulage companies Hoyer and Suckling Transport took the dispute to the conciliation service ACAS earlier this week, in a bid to avert the strike. ...

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RAC insists careful planning required for 20mph zones

Michael Carroll, 10 June 2008 11:53

The government should look before it leaps in terms of introducing blanket 20mph speed limits in residential areas, Elizabeth Dainton, research development manager at the RAC, says. Dainton told a one day conference on speed management that, while 20mph limits have been proven to help reduce pedestrian casualties, speed is not the only factor in accidents around town. She pointed ...

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Bargains to be had at Sheffield Motorcycle Centre

Michael Carroll, 27 May 2008 16:00

Sheffield Motorcycle Centre (SMC) is offering huge discounts on its range of motorcycles, clothing, and accessories, this week, to help it clear the decks ahead of a move to new facilities in early June. The dealership is set to shut the doors on its Savile Street premises on Saturday May 31, before re-opening in a purpose-built 15,000 sq.ft showroom on ...

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A1 safety signs considered “dangerous”

Michael Carroll, 22 May 2008 13:39

The Highways Agency is preparing to rip up 20 road-side signs in Northumberland, because it believes drivers are suffering from information overload, and so are ignoring safety messages displayed on the signs. Safety slogans were erected on the signs on a single-carriageway stretch of the A1 in the 1990s in a bid to cut the number of casualties on the ...

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Ken Livingstone to host radio show on LBC

Michael Carroll, 20 May 2008 14:13

Former London mayor Ken Livingstone is due to take up a new role as a radio broadcaster during the summer, after accepting a job with London-based radio station LBC. The politician lost out to Boris Johnson during the recent mayoral election on May 1, after courting controversy among motorcyclists by refusing to allow motorcycles to use bus lanes in London. ...

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Latest Yamaha finance deal puts cash back in your pocket

Michael Carroll, 14 May 2008 11:08

Motorcycle manufacturer Yamaha has unveiled details of a new 0% finance deal that is designed to entice customers to purchase a model from its R and FZ-series. The Double Yammy deal covers the R6 and R1 motorcycles, and all models in Yamaha’s FZ6 and FZ1 range. In addition to providing 0% finance, the scheme also offers cash-back of up to ...

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MCIA encourages budding motorcyclists to take their test soon

Michael Carroll, 08 May 2008 09:30

The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) has launched a campaign to encourage potential motorcyclists to sit their test ahead of the introduction of a tougher assessment in October. The Now’s The Time campaign would comprise publicising the changes to the test and promoting the benefits of motorcycling through the general press, and including the NTT logo in adverts by major motorcycle ...

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Test case could spell the end of green laning for motorcyclists

Michael Carroll, 01 May 2008 10:11

Motorcyclist’s rights to ride on green lanes and byways in England could be in jeopardy, after public school Winchester College successfully overturned a court ruling that allowed motorised vehicles to use public paths on Twyford Down in Hampshire. The reversal by the Court of Appeals yesterday is viewed as something of a test case for the rest of England, and ...

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Day one of Steve Hislop inquiry focuses on RAF fighters

Michael Carroll, 29 April 2008 14:00

The possibility that RAF fighter jets could have played a part in the death of Steve Hislop was raised during the first day of a fatal accident inquiry into his 2003 helicopter crash. Two witnesses at the inquiry, which opened at Edinburgh’s Sheriff Court yesterday, reported hearing the two jets fly past only a matter of seconds after they heard ...


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