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Testing time for teens

MCN, 04 August 2014 09:30

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 ...

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2009 Honda Fireblade ABS - First official pictures

Steve Farrell, 05 September 2008 17:58

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 ...

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2009 Honda CBR600RR ABS - First official pictures

Steve Farrell, 05 September 2008 17:22

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 ...

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Thames Valley Police to remove speeding campaign posters

Steve Farrell, 18 August 2008 09:55

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: ...

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Government considering “zero deaths” road safety policy

Steve Farrell, 21 July 2008 16:59

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 ...

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Motorcycles to get new onboard warning systems

Steve Farrell, 25 June 2008 13:58

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 ...

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New MCN December 5 - Tribute to Evel Knievel

Sarah Carnell, 04 December 2007 09:32

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 ...

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Health warnings for bikes

Steve Farrell, 11 September 2007 11:07

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 ...

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MPs' shock call for bike speed limiters

Steve Farrell, 29 March 2007 07:42

A new threat to fit bikes with speed limiters has surfaced this morning. The Government has been told to look at limiting the top speed of motorcycles by MPs. Research should look into introducing speed limiters such as one developed last year which can take control from riders, The House of Commons Select Committee said. A report by the Committee published last week ...


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