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Biker café threatens to ban bikes

Steve Farrell, 16 July 2010 16:27

The owner of a café which used to be a popular biker meeting place has threatened to ban motorcyclists. John Simpson, owner of Lord Stones Café in the Cleveland Hills, North Yorkshire, has already changed his opening hours to halt a Tuesday night bike meet which attracted over 1000 riders. Now he has warned he may not serve us at ...

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BMW recalls 122,000 bikes

Steve Farrell, 18 May 2010 16:27

BMW has announced a recall of 122,000 bikes worldwide over brake problems. Models affected are the R1200GS and R1200GS Adventure, R1200R, R1200RT, R1200ST and K1200GT. The manufacturer says there is a risk of brakes leaking on boxer-engined models. The recall affects bikes built since August 2006. Brake leaks can result from vibration on the models, according to the firm.  A BMW ...

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Police target riders for not wearing hi-vis

Steve Farrell, 20 November 2009 17:25

Police in Sussex have admitted targeting motorcyclists for not wearing hi-vis bibs. The force stopped 150 commuters for not wearing hi-vis gear in a five-day operation and issued each with a bib which they were told they should wear in a road-side lecture. A force spokesman said: “Riders were given a free hi-vis vest and a talk about road safety, ...

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Reclaim North Wales – your pictures

Steve Farrell, 15 September 2009 14:00

We asked you to send us your pictures from Sunday, when MCN readers reclaimed North Wales for motorcyclists – and you responded in droves. This is just a selection of the scores of photos you sent from the day North Wales Police were reminded whose roads they are by an army of up to 10,000 riders. The campaign came after ...

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Reclaim North Wales Facebook group tops 1700 members

Steve Farrell, 05 September 2009 09:00

A Facebook group supporting MCN’s Reclaim North Wales campaign has gained 1759 members and is growing by the hour. The group - which backs our bid to reclaim North Wales for motorcyclists from heavy-handed police – was only started a matter of days ago by MCN reader Mel Griffiths, 38. He said: “The response is a bit overwhelming to be ...

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Cycle group fights motorcycles in bus lanes

Steve Farrell, 09 July 2009 13:44

A cycle group has renewed a call for complaints about a trial of motorcycles in bus lanes despite growing evidence it hasn’t affected safety.  Six months into the 18-month trial Transport for London (TfL), the capital’s transport authority, has said it is not aware of a single collision between a motorcyclist and cyclist in a bus lane. Yet the London ...

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Rider casualties plummet

Steve Farrell, 29 June 2009 09:42

Nearly 100 fewer motorcyclists were killed in 2008 than the year before, latest government figures show. Rider deaths fell 16% in a year from 588 in 2007 to 493 last year. In casualty reduction terms it puts motorcyclists ahead of car drivers, who only saw a 12% fall in fatalities. Fatal and serious motorcyclist casualties fell 10%, from 6737 in ...

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Big Brother Sophie Reade was MCN Babe hopeful

Steve Farrell, 05 June 2009 16:30

Big Brother glamour girl Sophie Reade is a former MCN Babe hopeful, we can reveal. The 20-year-old put herself forward to join our model squad last year. See her entry bid here Sophie and her eye-catching 30GG assets have also appeared in Playboy and on the grid at British Superbikes in bike insurance firm Bennetts’ Babe Squad. She says on ...

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Greater threat of prisoner escape after police motorcycles axed

Steve Farrell, 15 May 2009 14:14

High security police operations including moving maximum risk prisoners will be hampered because the motorcycle fleet has been axed, according to rank and file officers.  Moving category A prisoners will take longer without bike escorts, prolonging the threat of ambushes by criminal gangs, according to the Police Federation.  VIP escorts and the safe movement of coaches of football fans to ...

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Comic Relief snubs disabled bikers

Steve Farrell, 09 March 2009 12:22

A Comic Relief film about disabled bikers was axed because programme makers did not want to be linked with motorcyclists, the head of a disabled bikers’ charity has claimed. Emma Freud, partner of Comic Relief founder Richard Curtis, blocked the film, saying: “Comic Relief should not be associating itself with bikers,” according to the National Association of Bikers with a ...

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