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122mph speeder jailed after forum boasts

Steve Farrell, 09 May 2013 10:26

A motorcyclist has been jailed for eight months after boasting on a forum about lying to police over a speeding offence. Andrew Kelly, 37, was filmed speeding at 122mph by a speed camera van but told police a prospective buyer had been test-riding the bike at the time. Police later found a thread on a forum describing the incident and ...

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DSA video explains new licence rules

Steve Farrell, 11 January 2013 15:56

The Driving Standards Agency has released a video on new motorcycle licence rules coming into force on January 19. The three-minute video explains the minimum age limits for different types of motorcycles under the new rules.

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Bike journo caught at 160mph was ‘euphoric’ after proposing to girlfriend

Steve Farrell, 23 November 2012 10:15

A motorcycle journalist caught speeding at 160mph has been banned for three months after telling a court his girlfriend had just agreed to marry him.  Andrew Stevens, 30, who writes for a website, was filmed pulling wheelies at up to 80mph on his Yamaha R1 test bike. He was followed by an unmarked police bike along Seven Mile Lane, near ...

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Armed robbers on bikes raid indoor shopping centre

Steve Farrell, 06 November 2012 16:38

Robbers armed with axes and bats rode motorcycles through and indoor shopping centre and raided a jewellery store. Six robbers on three bikes including a white Triumph Daytona 675 rode through Brent Cross Shopping Centre at 10.15 this morning. The pillion passengers got off and smashed the windows of Fraser Hart, stealing watches and jewellery. The suspects wore helmets with ...

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Video: MCN rides with The White Helmets

Steve Farrell, 07 August 2012 11:45

When I asked the White Helmets if they could teach me to jump over something, I had in mind an object about waist-height. Big enough for injury to be a possibility - otherwise no one would be impressed - but not a certainty. A dog would be too small; the Snake River Canyon too big. Something like a supermarket checkout ...

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150mph YouTube speeder escapes jail

Steve Farrell, 04 November 2011 11:28

A motorcyclist who filmed himself speeding at 150mph and posted the footage online has been given a suspended jail sentence and five-year ban. Robert Mark Owens, 48, from Milton Keynes, used a helmet-mounted camera to film himself doing high-seed wheelies through traffic on his Kawasaki ZX-6R in April. The footage on YouTube, shot in Milton Keynes, also shows him mounting ...

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Bike industry wants ‘damaging’ insurance ad pulled from TV

Steve Farrell, 23 September 2011 11:30

The motorcycle industry is calling for insurance ads featuring a biker injured in a crash to be withdrawn from TV. The Motorcycle Industry Association says the Aviva ads, shown during the ITV’s period drama Downton Abbey, are damaging its efforts to get more people into biking. The 10-second ads, referred to as ‘idents’, dramatise the real-life story an Aviva customer ...

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Rioters attack scooter rider

Steve Farrell, 17 August 2011 14:10

Rioters have been caught on film dragging a rider off his scooter and stealing it. The learner rider is seen being chased and grabbed around the neck as he tries to negotiate his way through rioting in Croydon, South London. One thug then drags him away while another picks up the scooter and rides off. Seconds later the thief falls off ...

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Video: BMW G650GS is a lot of bike for £5000

Steve Farrell, 10 March 2011 09:18

MCN’s world-first ride on the new BMW G650GS has shown it’s competent on and off road and novice-friendly too. The BMW has 47bhp, which from 2013 will be the new power limit for novice riders, up from 33bhp. And at £4920 plus on-the-road charges, it’s one of the cheapest big bikes you can buy, undercutting even Suzuki’s budget SV650 at ...

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Airbag doctor: “I don’t wear one”

Steve Farrell, 19 February 2009 14:13

A doctor behind calls for airbag jackets to be made compulsory riding equipment has admitted he doesn’t wear one on his own motorcycle. Last week Andy Parfitt told BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat: “I think dozens of lives could be saved if these jackets were made compulsory.” But he told MCN: “I haven’t bought one. Why haven’t I bought one? I don’t ...

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