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Calls for tougher enforcement as minister warns of £90 fine for driving on the phone

Steve Farrell, 10 May 2013 10:28

Plans to increase fines for using a phone while driving need to be backed up by tougher enforcement, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists. Fixed penalty fines for a variety of motoring offences will rise from £60 to £90, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has indicated. The new fine will apply to using a phone while driving, whether to make ...

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122mph speeder jailed after forum boasts

Steve Farrell, 09 May 2013 10:26

A motorcyclist has been jailed for eight months after boasting on a forum about lying to police over a speeding offence. Andrew Kelly, 37, was filmed speeding at 122mph by a speed camera van but told police a prospective buyer had been test-riding the bike at the time. Police later found a thread on a forum describing the incident and ...

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Staff blog: A lecture from the rozzers

Steve Farrell, 08 May 2013 12:17

You might think your licence would be safe on a scooter but I’ve already been in trouble with the rozzers a week after picking mine up.   The Suzuki Burgman 650 ABS Executive has two automatic modes: Drive and Power. The latter is surprisingly, addictively brisk.   Pulling out of a petrol station on the way to work yesterday morning, ...

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What happened to the ES1?

Steve Farrell, 04 May 2013 10:00

Six years ago, this British design was going to be the future of superbikes. So where is it? The trouble with bold claims is they can come back to haunt you. If you say you’re making the fastest, lightest and best-ever handling motorcycle, for example, people might be forgiven for asking, six years later (five after an auspicious London show ...

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New Burgman 650 launched

Steve Farrell, 26 April 2013 10:30

MCN is on the launch of Suzuki's new Burgman 650 ABS Executive at Glen Coe in Scotland. The luxury maxi scooter has undergone the biggest changes since its introduction a decade ago. The engine is the same 638cc parallel twin but tweaks have made it 15% more fuel efficient according to Suzuki. The frame has been changed to give a steeper ...

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10 worst and five best promo videos

Steve Farrell, 26 April 2013 07:00

1. Kawasaki Z800Bystanders gawp at the new Z800 and take photographs in this preposterous video from Kawasaki Australia. It's as though they've found a portal to another universe and not a mass production motorcycle. A trucker radios his mates and weirdly gets a nod from the passing rider. Two hairy Antipodeans applaud and give thumbs up to the parked bike. Clearly ...

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Nominate the best place to live!

Steve Farrell, 24 April 2013 16:23

MCN wants your nominations for the best place in the UK for motorcyclists to live. We'll use your answers in a forthcoming feature. We're interested in places with access to great roads, bike meetings, events, tracks and races. We want to hear about cities, towns or villages but not entire counties or regions. It could be somewhere famous for a ...

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Health and safety consultant in court over fatal hit-and-run

Steve Farrell, 28 March 2013 14:16

A health and safety consultant has appeared in court charged with causing the death of a 16-year-old motorcyclist in a hit-and-run. Brian Hampton, 58, faces a string of charges including causing death by careless driving, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance, failing to stop at an accident and failing to report an accident. He pleaded not guilty to causing death ...

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Give up, scumbags: failed Italian job number two

Steve Farrell, 28 March 2013 12:02

An Italian motorcycle dealership has suffered a second failed theft attempt in six months. CCTV footage shows four thieves spend three minutes breaking into an Aprilia showroom before fleeing. The four are seen arriving on two scooters shortly after 11pm. One cuts through the shop’s metal shutters with a disc grinder while the others keep watch.   Once inside, three struggle ...

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The quarter-million-mile man

Steve Farrell, 28 March 2013 09:00

In 1999, Ian Coates left his home in Yorkshire and flew to South Africa to collect a Land Rover for a friend and bring it back to England. The mission was scuppered by visa problems, and he got his wife to ship his Honda Africa Twin to Johannesburg so he could ride back by a different route. Fourteen years later, ...

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