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Amputee soldiers helped back into biking

Steve Farrell, 10 August 2012 09:09

A charity is helping soldiers who have lost limbs in Afghanistan get back into motorcycling. Suzuki SV650s and Aprilia Manas have been adapted so amputees can ride them on a track. The charity, run by serving soldiers, already offers injured veterans the chance to take part in motorsport. Major James Cameron, Director of Mission Motorsport, said: “We now have a ...

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Theft victim’s website to catch culprits

Steve Farrell, 29 June 2012 10:43

A motorcyclist has set up a website showing CCTV footage of his bike being stolen in the hope it will lead to the thieves’ capture The website shows an hour-long theft of a £10,000 Triumph Daytona 675R from an office car park in central London, along with mug shots of the culprits. First a man is seen stopping to look ...

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We knew BMWs were good but…

Steve Farrell, 03 May 2012 15:26

BMW is reportedly being sued by a man who claims he was left with a permanent erection after riding one of its bikes. Californian Henry Wolf says he was left with an erection for two years after a four-hour ride on a ‘ridge-like seat’. He has been left ‘unable to engage in sexual activity, which is causing him substantial emotional ...

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Two-thirds of riders report ‘smidsy’ incidents

Steve Farrell, 16 April 2012 10:34

More than two thirds of motorcyclists have had a near miss in the last six months resulting from another road user failing to look.   Sixty-nine percent of motorcyclists said they had experienced at least once ‘smidsy’ accident, so called because of offending drivers’ tendency to say: “Sorry mate, I didn’t see you.” Of those, 86% had to take evasive action ...

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Suzi Perry in bubble wrap for bike safety

Steve Farrell, 04 April 2012 10:17

Suzi Perry and James Toseland dressed in bubble wrap to back a campaign to make every driving test include a question on motorcycles. Presenter Perry and retired racer Toseland were also highlighting April 5 as the most dangerous day of spring for motorcyclists, according to Bennetts insurance. They posed alongside TalkSport presenter Darren Gough at Elephant and Castle in south ...

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The best and worst TV ads featuring motorcycles

Steve Farrell, 04 April 2012 09:40

Worst Chanel with Keira Knightley Zovirax ‘The Day You Went to Work’ Ewan McGregor Davidoff Ewan McGregor Rimmel, Kate Moss Kawasaki 100 Walkers Crisps New Think Bike ads McDonald’s drive-thru Bovril Best Think Once, think twice, think bike Black Visa Honda Impossible Dream Allstate Insurance Road Rash Bajaj Pulsar

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BMW C650GT first ride: “takes scooter equipment to a new level”

Steve Farrell, 12 March 2012 17:08

The BMW C650 GT is one of the most sophisticated scooters yet - and the first to cost over £10,000. I've just ridden the new super scooter at the launch in Madrid. With heated seat and grips, ABS and electronically adjustable screen, it takes scooter equipment to a new level. It's got the go of a middleweight motorcycle - just ...

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Insurer offers free security marking kits to all customers

Steve Farrell, 09 March 2012 17:30

Bike insurer Carole Nash is to offer free security marking kits with all policies. Every new or renewed policy supplied since March 1 comes with a kit to discreetly mark various motorcycle parts. The marks help police fight theft by making it possible to identify individual components as stolen. It follows a trial of the scheme by Carole Nash last ...

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Speeding fines set to rise to £100

Steve Farrell, 31 January 2012 10:42

Fines for speeding could rise from £60 to £100 under plans announced by Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke. The fixed penalty speeding fine could rise by nearly 70% to fund compensation for victims of crime. Those who fight speeding cases in court could pay up to £120 towards the scheme.   The proposals are part of plans to raise an extra £50million ...

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Over 80% of death drivers avoid jail

Steve Farrell, 25 January 2012 13:19

More than four out of five careless drivers who kill walk free from courts, an MCN investigation can reveal. All but 48 of the first 313 people sentenced for the new offence of causing death by careless driving avoided jail. The offence was created to bring more proportionate sentencing for taking a life. It allows offenders to be jailed for ...

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