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Viewers wrongly told ‘running off on bends’ is most common bike crash as BBC muddles data

Steve Farrell, 02 November 2012 14:19

A BBC road safety documentary wrongly claimed ‘running off on bends’ was the most common motorcycle accident, based on an apparent misunderstanding of data. BBC2’s How Safe Are Britain’s Roads? claimed: ‘Two-thirds of motorcycle deaths happen on rural roads. Running off on bends is the most common type of accident.’ Questioned about the claim, a BBC publicist pointed to the ...

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Win a £7000 classic Laverda

Steve Farrell, 30 October 2012 12:00

Someone will have extra reason to celebrate this Christmas after winning this immaculate 1973 Laverda SF1 750 worth over £7000. It’s the top prize in the Vintage Motorcycle Club’s Christmas raffle, drawn on December 21. Tickets cost £1 from www.vmcc.net.

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Unfinished project, no V5, £60,000

Steve Farrell, 30 October 2012 07:00

A bike that looks like this wouldn’t normally make a tempting financial investment but this one fetched £59,740 at a Bonhams auction.   The 1930 Brough Superior Overhead 680 doubled its top estimate despite having no paperwork, at the Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show in Stafford on Sunday.  

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Original 1902 motorcycle for sale, several careful owners

Steve Farrell, 29 October 2012 15:33

A 110-year-old motorcycle is to be auctioned in original unrestored condition. The 1902 Rambler Model B from Colonel Albert Pope's American Cycle Manufacturing Company will be offered at the Bonhams Las Vegas Motorcycle Sale in January. It’s original down to the paintwork, and owes its condition to decades as an exhibit at the Indian Motorcycle Museum in Massachusetts. It’s worth ...

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Motorcyclist caught speeding at 152mph

Steve Farrell, 29 October 2012 14:38

A motorcyclist caught speeding at 152mph has been found guilty of dangerous driving. Stephen Tull, 37, admitted more than doubling the 70mph speed limit on the A27 in Binsted, Sussex, on October 16 last year. He also admitted riding with no MoT. Tull, from Liphook, Hampshire, was banned from driving for 12 months by magistrates in Worthing today. He was ordered to ...

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Number plate ‘CBR400R’ in DVLA auction

Steve Farrell, 29 October 2012 12:40

Honda CBR400R owners might be interested in the DVLA’s next personalised number plate auction – which includes the registration ‘CBR400R’. The private plate will go under the hammer on November 14 at the Ardencote Manor Hotel in Claverdon, Warwickshire, with the reserve set at £300. Details:  www.dvlaauction.co.uk

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New motorway tax considered

Steve Farrell, 29 October 2012 11:32

Using motorways would cost more in road tax under plans being considered by the Government. According to newspaper reports, ministers are considering a two-tier system with those who agree not to use trunk roads paying less. The idea is part of review of road funding as the Treasury faces a budget shortfall caused people switching to smaller cars which are ...

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‘Change clocks to cut bike casualties’

Steve Farrell, 29 October 2012 07:00

Motorcycling would be safer if clocks were brought forward by an hour to make evenings lighter, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists. The group wants a three-year trial of new daylight hours to tackle a spike in casualties each year after the clocks go back at the end of October. Last year the motorcycle casualty rate in November was ...

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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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Reprieve for high-powered bikes in anti-tampering plans

Steve Farrell, 19 October 2012 10:17

Anti-tampering measures on new bikes will be limited to machines up to 47bhp, MEPs have agreed.  New motorcycles are to get so-called on-board diagnostic systems capable of registering modifications as faults to be rectified by a mechanic. The aim is to make it impossible to modify motorcycles which comply with power restrictions for new riders from next year. The measures will apply ...

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