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DSA video explains new licence rules

Steve Farrell, 11 January 2013 15:56

The Driving Standards Agency has released a video on new motorcycle licence rules coming into force on January 19. The three-minute video explains the minimum age limits for different types of motorcycles under the new rules.

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The rules: Riding for the SAS

Steve Farrell, 09 January 2013 07:30

Enduro riding over rocky savannah and scrub requires stamina, bravery and skill. Dodging bullets from guerrilla soldiers takes some cajolies too. Luckily, most of us have never had to do both at once. But most of are not Bravo Two Zero author Andy McNab. In fact none of us is. Except Andy McNab. And it was he who, while touring ...

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MCN rides the Wall of Death

Steve Farrell, 23 December 2012 09:30

I wouldn’t usually spend much time thinking about the word ‘hurt’. But I did recently give it some consideration after receiving an email warning: “There is a very good chance you will get hurt.” Actually, the word and its definition became a matter for urgent consideration. And I considered that it embraced anything from a scratch to a maiming. Usually, ...

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Saucy ads for scooter kit

Steve Farrell, 21 December 2012 10:24

Scooter aprons get women so hot they need to take off all their clothes. That appears to be the suggestion of a series of viral ads from Italian bike accessories firm Tucano Urbano. In the first, a man lays his scooter apron across the bed before his partners gets in, and its unbearable warmth compels her to strip to her ...

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BMF loses influence in Brussels after failing to pay FEMA membership

Steve Farrell, 20 December 2012 11:25

The British Motorcyclists Federation has less influence in Brussels after failing to pay its members’ levy to the group representing riders to European Parliament.   The BMF, which claims to be the UK’s largest motorcycle organisation, no longer has a vote on policies of the Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations after falling into arrears with payments.     FEMA is ...

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M25 cameras catch no one in a year

Steve Farrell, 17 December 2012 17:00

A network of 36 speed cameras on the M25 has caught no one in a year because none has been switched on. Technical and legal difficulties have prevented the Highways Agency from switching on the variable speed limit cameras. It came to light when AOL tried to find out which camera had raised the most in fines. The Highways Agency ...

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BMW S1000RR HP4 arrives at dealers

Steve Farrell, 17 December 2012 13:00

BMW’s new S1000RR HP4 has arrived at UK dealers. The enhanced S1000RR litre sports bike features dynamic traction control, race ABS and semi-active suspension. The HP4 Carbon has extras including a carbon-fibre tank cover. They cost £16,700 and £19,350 respectively. There are over 80 BMW S1000RRs for sale at MCN bikes for sale, find one here.

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Yamaha to make 250 sports bike

Steve Farrell, 17 December 2012 10:53

Yamaha has said it will make a 250cc sports bike. The YZF-R250 is expected to have similar styling to the R6, as in the above mock-up, doing the internet rounds. It’s not clear if the 2014 Indian model will come here.

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Chances running out for under-24s to do Direct Access

Steve Farrell, 10 December 2012 09:44

Only a few chances remain for under-24-year-olds to do a single Direct Access bike test for an unrestricted motorcycle licence. Riders currently have to be 21 for Direct Access but the minimum age is rising.  The DSA said: ‘Test slots are now nearly fully booked until January 19, when the new rules come into force.’ Younger riders are also affected. ...

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Bike brands top theft league

Steve Farrell, 06 December 2012 16:08

Motorcycle and scooter brands are top in a league of vehicle makes most likely to be stolen.  Researchers compared the number of vehicles on the road from car and motorcycle manufacturers to the number recorded as stolen on the Police National Computer. They found the 12 brands with the highest theft rates were all makes of motorcycle. The first non-bike maker, Mercedes, was at 13. The top ...


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