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The Rules - Running a rider training business

In 1991, a 23-year-old Bernard Adams was made redundant from his IT job, and took over a money-losing council bike training scheme, run from a shed. Now 45, he runs probably the biggest rider training franchise in the country, with 11 branches across England. While many competitors struggle to survive difficult times, Cam Rider continues to expand. MD Adams says ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 29 August 2013

Gloves Review: Weise Victory gloves

Weise Victory gloves, £44.99 Time tested: 7000 miles/three months What’s good? They’re gloves for people who don’t really want to wear gloves. You won’t find a pair that imposes less of a barrier between hand and twistgrip. There are no clumsy gauntlets to fit over or under cuffs, just a Velcro wrist strap on the back. A degree of protection ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Gloves
  • 29 July 2013

Helmet Review: Arai Tour-X3 helmet

Arai Tour-X3 helmet, £349.99 (superseded by Tour-X4, £439.99) Time tested: 10,000 miles/two years What’s good? It's one helmet for everything. There's a detachable peak for off-roading, which fits over the visor, still allowing it to open and close. You can also fit the peak without the visor if goggles are your preference. Without the peak it's a road or track ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Helmets
  • 19 July 2013

The TT that became a Nazi propaganda coup

It’s been described as motorcycle sport in its purest form. But the Isle of Man TT hasn’t always been just about sport. In 1939, the world’s most spectacular motorsports event became a propaganda exercise for the Nazis. With Czechoslovakia and Austria already under German control, and war with Britain looming, the Nazi propaganda machine viewed sporting victory as a means ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 05 July 2013

Staff blog: Burgman v Tmax: the jury's out

One or two readers have commented that they doubt the Burgman 650 is as good as some other big scooters out there, like Yamaha’s Tmax or BMW’s C600 Sport. This week I’ll be finding out.   I'm doing a group test of six big scooters, also including the Honda Integra, Aprilia SRV850 and BMW C650GT.   I’ll be doing my 160-mile commute on each of ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • 02 July 2013

‘Grave concerns’ about graphic safety ad

A leading riders’ group has said it has “grave concerns” about a graphic new safety ad.  The cinema ad by Transport for London shows a motorcyclist lying on his back in the road. While paramedics work to save him, he says to the camera: “I’m going into cardiac arrest now. Silly place to overtake, really. Still, you live and learn ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 02 July 2013

Parts Review: Pattern mirrors, AW Motorcycle Parts

Pattern mirrors, AW Motorcycle Parts, £33.18 a pair including postage Time tested: 200 miles/one month What’s good? It's hard to find new genuine mirrors for 26-year-old bikes, and I dread to think the price. So I got pattern ones for my Kawasaki GPz550, readily available from online retailers. They all look the same on a computer screen, so I bought ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 01 July 2013

Four out of five bikes unlocked

Fewer than one-in-five owners of new bikes use any physical theft deterrent such as a chain, according to a survey in London. As machines got older, higher proportions were found to be secured with a chain or disc lock. Forty-five per cent of all bike owners in the survey used some such measure. The average age of their bikes was ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 28 June 2013

Accessories Review: Akito medium kit bag

Akito medium kit bag, £10.99Time tested: 14 years What’s good? This is one those products that’s so good you take it for granted and forget about it. Then one day you think: ‘I’ve had that for 14 years and it’s as good as new.’ It’s been on every overseas bike test I’ve attended since 1999, as well as family holidays. ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 24 June 2013

Staff blog: I've got to stay up - someone on the internet doesn't like the Burgman

Every time I write a blog on the Burgman, I seem to become embroiled in debate with critics of the scooter.   I don’t know why I feel the need to convince others to like it. It reminds me of that joke about internet arguments, where a wife asks her husband if he’s coming to bed and he says: “No. ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • 21 June 2013

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