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The Rules - Running a rider training business

Steve Farrell, 29 August 2013 07:00

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 ...

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The TT that became a Nazi propaganda coup

Steve Farrell, 05 July 2013 07:30

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 ...

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

Steve Farrell, 02 July 2013 17:06

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 ...

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‘Grave concerns’ about graphic safety ad

Steve Farrell, 02 July 2013 09:47

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 ...

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Four out of five bikes unlocked

Steve Farrell, 28 June 2013 13:57

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 ...

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

Steve Farrell, 21 June 2013 14:35

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. ...

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Days left to save Peak District’s best trail riding route

Steve Farrell, 20 June 2013 15:56

Motorcyclists have until June 28 to object to plans to ban motorised vehicles from the best green lane in the Peak District. The Peak District National Park Authority is proposing a permanent traffic ban on Chapel Gate, a two-mile route through moorland from near Chapel En Le Frith towards Edale, Derbyshire. A spokesman for the Trail Riders Fellowship said: “Chapel ...

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Motorcyclists can join POLITE force

Steve Farrell, 14 June 2013 13:13

Motorcyclists have been told they can legally wear a high-visibility vest that resembles police uniform. The yellow bibs have the word ‘polite’ printed on the back in large capital letters, along with a strip of blue-and-white crosshatching similar to designs traditionally worn by police. Cyclists in London already wear them to get drivers to give them more space, after Met ...

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Sorry mate, I didn’t tree you

Steve Farrell, 14 June 2013 13:08

No amount of training can prepare us for some hazards of the road, as one riding instructor learned. Barry Briggs had a lucky escape when a tree fell on him as he followed a student.  The instructor was riding on the A606 near Upper Broughton, Nottinghamshire, when the tree fell across the entire width of the road. Helmet camera footage ...

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Staff blog: In defence of the Burgman, pt 1

Steve Farrell, 13 June 2013 10:41

I’m experiencing mild frustration at some of the preconceptions I’ve encountered about the Burgman. If you’ve read my replies to reader comments under my previous blog entries, you may have detected a hint of defensiveness.   Although I’m really enjoying using the Burgman, for example, people keep telling me to get rid of it. So far five reader comments have ...

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