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Norton Academy gets Government backing

Andy Downes, 16 July 2014 12:21

Norton owner Stuart Garner has been promised Government backing for a new British Motorcycle Manufacture Academy (BMMA) after asking Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne for help on Twitter. Garner, who bought Norton from American hands in 2009 and has been working to bring the brand back to former glory aims to make the BMMA a way of improving the ...

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Bike tax changes causing confusion

Andy Downes, 17 January 2014 12:10

Scrapping the paper tax disc has left the DVLA scrabbling for a solution to the problem of what to do once a bike is sold with remaining tax on it; something no one appears to have thought about before announcing the end of the current system.Moves to scrap the 93-year-old vehicle tax disc in October this year have thrown up ...

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J&S buys 12 Hein Gericke stores

Andy Downes, 03 January 2014 15:56

J&S accessories has bought 12 of the 16 Hein Gericke stores affected by the recent return to administration of the German-owned firm and they will all be relaunched as J&S stores later in January.The 12 stores include Aberdeen, Braintree, Farnborough, Gants Hill, Glasgow, Hanger Lane, Leeds, Leicester, Maidstone, Oxford, Preston and Stockwell.Hein Gericke was put back into administration the week ...

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Emmett arrested on suspicion of murder at Heathrow airport

Andy Downes, 05 December 2013 12:29

Sean Emmett was arrested on his return to the United Kingdom at Heathrow airport this morning on suspicion of murdering his wife while on honeymoon in Dubai. Father-of-three Emmett, 43, was held by officers as he stepped off a plane as police probed the circumstances surrounding how his wife Abbie plunged to her death from their hotel room in Dubai. ...

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Motorcycle deaths at lowest rate

Andy Downes, 26 September 2013 17:14

Government accident statistics have shown a 9% drop in motorcycle fatalities in 2012 which are the lowest on record. The data for 2012 has just been officially compiled by the Department for Transport and announced as part of the 2012 annual report and represents the last full year of accident data. In total there were 195,723 casualties of all severities ...

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New on-the-spot fines introduced

Andy Downes, 16 August 2013 11:40

Fixed penalties for careless or inconsiderate driving came into effect today with mobile phone use and middle lane hogging among a series of offences which will bring an increased fine of £100. Other offences covered in what has been described as the biggest shake-up in road policing in 40 years include tailgating, failing to give way at a junction, overtaking ...

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MCN exclusive on new Norton V4 TT racer

Andy Downes, 03 May 2013 15:23

Norton is putting the finishing touches to the latest V4 race it will contest the 2013 Isle of Man TT in just three weeks with virtually every part of the bike new for this year. The team hope the unsilenced, 200bhp monster with two riders for this year will be enough to bring some credible results for the team with ...

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Motorcyclists not to blame in most accidents

Andy Downes, 29 March 2013 18:00

New data from more than 1600 motorcycle accident last year have shown 80% of accidents were caused by other road users; a fact that flies in the face of controversial BBC programme ‘How Safe are Britain’s Roads?’ shown last year. The BBC show claimed ‘loss of control on a bend’ was the main cause of motorcycle accidents but of the ...

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Industry tributes for Kevin Ash pour in

Andy Downes, 01 February 2013 12:30

MCN columnist and world-renown motorcycle journalist and tester Kevin Ash was killed last week while testing the new BMW R1200GS in South Africa. Tributes from MCN readers flooded our website but it was also the number of those in the motorcycle industry around the world and fellow journalists that marked Ashy, as he was known, as a respected and loved ...

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BMW sells Husqvarna

Andy Downes, 31 January 2013 14:58

BMW has officially announced the sale of Italian dirt bike brand Husqvarna to Pierer Industrie AG – the firm headed by Stefan Pierer who is currently boss of KTM. MCN was the first to reveal BMW was lining up to sell the company earlier this week but that first rumour suggested it was KTM buying the company. It turns out ...

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