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All test cheats are drivers

Steve Farrell, 05 February 2013 07:30

Hundreds of learner drivers a year get someone else to take their test for them while not one motorcyclist attempts the scam, government figures show. Suspected impersonators sat 455 practical tests and 1469 theory tests in 2011/12 – an average of five a day - but all of the cheats were drivers. A Driving Standards Agency spokeswoman said: ‘I can ...

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Adventure firm kept £122,000 of charity donations

Steve Farrell, 04 February 2013 15:11

A motorcycle adventure firm used by Princes William and Harry has kept up to £122,000 belonging to charities.  Global Enduro went into administration last week having failed to pass on customers’ donations dating back to 2011 to four charities including Prince Harry’s Sentebale, supporting orphans in Lesotho. Participants in a rally each October called Enduro Africa were required to raise £1500 ...

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The Ten Worst Safety Innovations

Steve Farrell, 03 February 2013 19:00

Over the years there's been some interesting, awful, and downright dangerous suggestions made to make biking safer, from researchers, manufacturers and government. We've compiled our top ten worst safety innovations. 1. RoofsGive a motorcycle a roof and what you have is no longer a motorcycle. And anyone can make something safer by turning it into something else. You might as well ...

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Bike holidays in jeopardy after adventure firm ceases trading

Steve Farrell, 28 January 2013 17:04

A motorcycle adventure firm has ceased trading days before customers were due to begin a two-week tour in Cambodia. Riders booked on the £3495 holiday were expecting to travel to Cambodia this Sunday. They were still waiting for flight details from Global Enduro when the firm ceased trading today. Global Enduro operates 15 off-road motorcycle tours a year to destinations ...

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How hard can it be to pass the bike test after 22 years?

Steve Farrell, 28 January 2013 06:30

I took my motorcycle test in 1989, and failed. I don’t remember much about it, except that I wasn’t confident. Days earlier my training school had told me I was terrible. I blame their standard of tuition. At the start of lesson one, an instructor had blipped my throttle, not realising it was a twist-and-go, and gone sprawling across the car ...

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Ice denies hundreds last chance to take old bike test

Steve Farrell, 22 January 2013 13:28

Ice and snow denied hundreds of riders their last chance to get a bike licence before new rules came in on Saturday. The Driving Standards Agency said 514 on-road riding tests were cancelled between Monday and Thursday of last week.  Because the new rules raised the minimum riding ages, the setback will mean some people having to wait years longer ...

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A2 licence holders wanted

Steve Farrell, 18 January 2013 12:20

MCN is looking for holders of the new ‘A2’ motorcycle licence, created under rules coming into force on Saturday. The new category, which carries a 47bhp limit, is part of sweeping changes to the motorcycle licence regime. All new riders under 24 will have to get an A2 licence and spend time restricted to 47bhp before taking another test for ...

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Schwantz on Schwantz

Steve Farrell, 17 January 2013 09:00

When former GP world champion Kevin Schwantz dropped into the MCN office, we threw a net over him and dragged him into the cavernous vault of our picture archives. There he was forced to earn his freedom by talking us through innumerable photos documenting his glorious heyday, from superbike racing in the Eighties to GP victory in the Nineties. The ...

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Ten minutes with Andy McNab

Steve Farrell, 12 January 2013 07:30

We thought and thought but couldn’t remember the last time we’d met an SAS hero biker. So before he left us, we bombarded McNab with questions for a further 10 minutes.  MCN: Are motorcycles popular in SAS?AM: Very much so. You’re encouraged to live out of camp and people commute in from all over the place by bike. In the ...

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DSA releases list of ‘A2’ bikes

Steve Farrell, 11 January 2013 16:30

The DSA has released a list of machines officially recognised as suitable for the new ‘A2’ motorcycle test. From January 19, all new riders under 24 will have to spend time restricted to 47bhp with an A2 motorcycle licence before graduating to unrestricted machines. The new rules are explained in a DSA video below. The DSA stressed that its list of ...


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