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Road-building guidelines can now be viewed online

Michael Carroll, 03 April 2008 10:45

The Department for Transport and Institute of Highway Incorporated Engineers (IHIE) have opened up their guidelines covering how roads can be built with motorcycles in mind, in a bid to improve safety. To see the guidelines go to www.motorcycleguidelines.org.uk The Guidelines for Motorcycling are now available online, and offer individual chapters advising on how bikes can be considered in road-building ...

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Michael Schumacher gets on his motorcycle, again

Michael Carroll, 31 March 2008 10:33

Former Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher has competed in his third motorcycle race in the space of a week, taking fourth place in a round of the Italian KTM Superduke cup. Michael Schumacher wins on a Triumph Schumacher recorded the second-fastest laptime during the 10-lap KTM Trophy race at Misano on the 990cc Superduke, eventually crossing the line 5.1 ...

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Road-tax on high-capacity motorcycles up by £2

Michael Carroll, 28 March 2008 11:22

The rate of Vehicle Excise Duty (road tax) for motorcycles of 601cc and over has increased by £2 to £66, a spokesman for the Treasury has confirmed. Motorcycle tax raise slammed Government claims 40% of motorcycles untaxed The change is part of Government policy to increase the amount of road tax paid by the most highly-polluting vehicles, and is only ...

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Michael Schumacher proves his motorcycling skills again

Michael Carroll, 21 March 2008 12:59

Former F1 world champion Michael Schumacher has proven yet again that he’s as capable on two-wheels as he was on four, after taking third place in a race at the Pannonia Ring in Hungary aboard a Honda Fireblade. The race took place yesterday, and saw Michael Schumacher beaten only by current German superbike championship riders Martin Bauer, who took first place, ...

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Plans to raise motorcycle road tax prices slammed by Environmental Transport Association

Michael Carroll, 20 March 2008 10:43

The Environmental Transport Association has hit out at changes to the law that mean cars emitting less than 100g of CO2 per kilometre travelled would be exempt from paying Vehicle Excise Duty (road tax), while motorcycles are still required to pay. Chancellor Alistair Darling outlined the plans in his first budget last week, under the auspices of rewarding motorists for ...

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UK owner finally gets his hands on Ducati Desmosedici

Michael Carroll, 04 March 2008 15:44

You might have seen a rash of ’08-plate motorcycles being ridden gingerly over the weekend, but the rarest new bike was surely Scott Charles’ Ducati Desmosedici, which was delivered on Saturday. Charles was credited with owning the first Desmosedici to hit UK shores when the motorcycle arrived at Ducati Glasgow in late January, but the rider held off on taking ...

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MP Boris Johnson says motorcycles in bus lanes a “no brainer”

Michael Carroll, 26 February 2008 15:59

London Mayoral candidate Boris Johnson says he will allow motorcycles to use bus lanes in the city, if he is elected to the post during polling in May. Luton councils view on motorcycles in bus lanes The Conservative MP believes motorcycles are a key element in cutting congestion and pollution in London. “I want to encourage people to get out ...

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Snow-going motorcycle

Ben Purvis, 15 February 2008 16:22

While we don’t quite get the winters for it in this country, this creation from Canadian firm AD Bovin is designed to turn your road bike into a snow-cycle. Although it’s not the first firm to make such a kit – replacing the rear wheel with tracks and the front with a ski – the new Explorer kit is designed ...

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Department for Transport admits motorcycle tax evasion figures “were inflated”

Ben Purvis, 14 February 2008 11:23

New tax evasion figures released today show that only 6.5 percent of bikes seen on the road during surveys are without tax – making a mockery of earlier Department for Transport reports claiming nearly 40 percent of motorcyclists dodged road tax. The report comes just three weeks after the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee singled out motorcyclists as lawbreakers, ...

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Chris Vermeulen Australia GP replica Suzuki GSX-R1000

Rob Hull, 13 February 2008 08:47

Stamford Superbikes is selling six of these Chris Vermeulen replica GSX-R1000s, the colour scheme used by the Aussie as a tribute to his protégé Barry Sheene at the Australian MotoGP last year. Only available from Stamford Superbikes, each of the six specially painted machines is individually numbered on the airbox cover and come with twin titanium Arrow silencers with carbon ...

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