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French breathalyser fines postponed

Steve Farrell, 19 October 2012 10:32

Fines for not carrying a breathalyser kit in France have been postponed until March next year. The on-the-spot fines were originally due to be in force by November 1 this year. Motorcyclists and drivers caught without a breathalyser kit will have to pay €11 (£8.90). Moped riders are exempt. Motorists are expected to use the breathalysers to check that they ...

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Olympic ‘oversight’ over Games Lanes

Steve Farrell, 27 July 2012 17:08

Olympic organisers face criticism for excluding motorcyclists from Games Lanes reserved for athletes, officials and VIPs. The Motorcycle Action Group says it’s an “obvious oversight” because letting motorcyclists share the lanes would reduce congestion and emissions. Around 30 miles of Games Lanes opened last Wednesday to people directly involved in the Olympics. Anyone else who enters them risks a £130 ...

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Rider and pillion ‘blown off bike’ by wind

Steve Farrell, 09 May 2012 10:38

A rider and pillion were taken to hospital after being ‘apparently blown off their bike by the wind’ on the motorway according to emergency services. Two lanes of the M4 were closed for nearly three hours after the incident at around midday on Monday near Swindon, Wiltshire. The female rider suffered a “potentially serious” head injury, ambulance crews said. Her male passenger ...

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Honda show bikes destroyed in fire

Steve Farrell, 20 March 2012 16:27

Honda show bikes worth nearly half a million pounds are feared to have been destroyed in a warehouse fire.  Up to 50 bikes were destroyed when the blaze tore through the premises of Honda’s events agency, KCS Group, early this morning. Machines stored there appeared on Honda’s stand at the motorcycle show in London’s Excel Centre last month. They were due to be ...

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Aprilia SRV850 first ride: "like something made as a dare"

Steve Farrell, 15 March 2012 09:48

The new Aprilia SRV850 is the most powerful scooter yet - and nearly £2000 cheaper than BMW's C650 GT. The SRV850 is a restyled and re badged Gilera GP800 with the same chassis and 839cc V-twin engine. Aprilia says there have been 250 tweaks, including to the suspension and engine, resulting in sportier handling and marginally more power - 76bhp ...

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Carole Nash Motorcycle Live: £6000 Yamaha YZF-R125

Steve Farrell, 29 November 2010 10:00

Yamaha has unveiled a show-special YZF-R125 – but at over £6000, it could take the average teenager a while to save up for one. Find a Yamaha YZF-R125 for sale The popular sports 125, which already costs £3999, gets a £478 full Akropovic exhaust system, Galfer Wave brake discs,  a bubble screen, pillion seat cover, frame protectors and a £1200 ...

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Yamaha R1 and R6 get Ohlins makeover

Steve Farrell, 26 November 2010 11:58

Special versions of the Yamaha R1 and R6 featuring new Ohlins suspension components are to be unveiled at the NEC in Birmingham tomorrow. An Ohlins TTX 336 rear shock costing £969 features on a list of special parts lavished on both sports bikes. Save £££s on motorcycle suspension in the MCN Shop The special R1 – codenamed Project 14B – has ...

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Rear-facing average-speed cameras on the way

Steve Farrell, 09 October 2008 17:14

Rear-facing cameras which measure average speed over long distances are close to gaining approval, according to the makers. Existing average-speed cameras are unable to read motorcycles’ number plates because they are forward-facing but the latest generation can also face the rear, the manufacturers told a road safety conference. They are likely to be installed on rural and urban roads, covering ...

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Learners urged: book test now or face chaos

Steve Farrell, 03 July 2008 17:10

Learner riders must book their test this month or face chaos trying to get a licence, bike manufacturers have warned. Motorcycle training schools in Scotland forced to shut down Anyone who books after July will not take his test until October, when 85% of test centres are set to close under new legislation, according to the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA). Over ...

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Big energy firm bans staff from riding motorcycles at work

Steve Farrell, 10 June 2008 11:18

A nuclear power firm has become the latest major employer to ban staff from riding bikes. Magnox Electric Ltd told all staff members: “The use of motorbikes for travelling on company business is prohibited with immediate effect.” The internal company memo, seen by MCN, added: “Staff needing to travel on company business… must travel by car.” The memo, dated June ...

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