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Motorcycle Safety: avoiding common accidents

The most common accidents that we bikers get involved in are collisions at junctions, collisions while overtaking, loss of control, either from a shunt or, and, surprise, surprise, failing to get round a bend. The key to minimizing the risk of any of these happening is anticipation, whether that’s reading the road ahead or another road users’ intentions, if you ...

  • New rider
  • 07 September 2009

Motorcycle Safety: Travel faster than the traffic to stay safe

Believe it or not, the safest way to ride through traffic is to go slightly faster than it. That way you won’t get stuck in a blind spot and the relative difference in speed between you and the cars will mean you stand out more. Further reading:Basic skills

  • New rider
  • 09 July 2009

Testing time for teens

Stricter motorcycle licence rules have caused a massive drop in young riders taking their tests. New learner rider rules introduced in January last year stopped under-19s from riding anything bigger than a 125cc bike, even if they pass a motorcycle test where previously they could take a step up to a larger-capacity bike once the test was passed. Recent figures ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 04 August 2014

2009 Honda Fireblade ABS - First official pictures

The flagship Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade becomes the first superbike to get ABS in 2009 and comes in a range of new colours. Video: 2008 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade launch test The optional anti-lock brakes have been designed specifically for fast track riding. Honda claims that in tests of the anti-lock version against expert riders on non-ABS Blades, the experts needed several attempts before ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 05 September 2008

2009 Honda CBR600RR ABS - First official pictures

Honda has released the full details and pictures for the revised 2009 Honda CBR600RR ABS. The main news is the addition of Electronically-Controlled Combined ABS – an all-new ABS system using electronic control to not only regulate brake pressure to prevent wheels locking, but also to spread braking force between front and rear brakes to give optimum stopping. Video: Honda's ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 05 September 2008

Thames Valley Police to remove speeding campaign posters

Officers stand proudly in front of a "motorcycle safety" poster showing a small boy clutching a crash helmet and wondering where daddy is. And perhaps we should take it as sign of the level of thought and planning that went into the posters that just one week later they were all to be taken down due to a major gaffe: ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 18 August 2008

Government considering “zero deaths” road safety policy

The UK may adopt a Swedish road safety policy once said by its own creator to be incompatible with motorcycles. Claes Tingvall, the author of Vision Zero, said there was “no room for motorcycles” in it. Now UK Government is deliberating whether to introduce the policy here from 2010, when existing road safety targets expire. Road safety minister Jim Fitzpatrick ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • 21 July 2008

Motorcycles to get new onboard warning systems

Motorcycles will get new onboard warning systems to tell the rider when he's going too fast under proposals announced in Brussels today. Government rejects speed limiter calls The technology will tell the rider when he's going into a bend too fast or exceeding the speed limit. A 'frontal collision warning' system will detect when the bike is too close to ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 25 June 2008

New MCN December 5 - Tribute to Evel Knievel

To see a sample of this week's MCN, click here   MCN pays tribute to the world’s most famous motorcyclist and stunt legend, Evel Knievel who died on Friday aged 69. A free 16-page supplement looks back over his career and among the tributes is a special insight from Richard Hammond who was one of the last people to interview ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 04 December 2007

Health warnings for bikes

Consideration should be given to cigarette-style health warnings for motorcycles, campaign groups have said. The warnings would contain messages such as: ‘Motorcyclists make up less than 1% of road traffic but suffer around 18% of deaths and serious injuries.’ Paige Mitchell, coordinator of the Slower Speeds Initiative, said warnings should be combined with new regulations limiting the power, weight and ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 11 September 2007

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