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Motorcycle prices set to rise in 2009

Steve Farrell, 01 August 2008 13:48

Bikers have been told to brace themselves for sharp increases in new motorcycle prices from 2009. Experts and manufacturers say the cost of producing bikes is soaring thanks to rocketing steel and aluminium prices and higher shipping costs driven by oil prices. Click here to grab a second hand bargain motorcycle before the prices go up The weakness of the pound against ...

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Police admit they may have “standardised” speed camera van

Steve Farrell, 29 April 2008 13:33

Police have accepted the possibility they tried to “standardise” this speed camera van after first denying any attempt to disguise it. Derbyshire Police own up over sneaky speed camera Derbyshire Police had repeatedly claimed the vehicle had only been painted in plain colours but our before-and-after pictures reveal other alterations which help hide its identity. They show an extra rear ...

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Motorcycles targeted with new multi-directional speed cameras

Steve Farrell, 04 April 2008 17:55

Motorcyclists will be targeted with new multi-directional speed cameras capable of filming us from the front, side and rear. The camera system was unveiled as it claimed motorcyclists have got away with serious offences because ordinary cameras failed to identify them. A publicity video for the new camera system showed two cases, including one in which a rider appears to ...

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Bus lane access hangs in the balance

Steve Farrell, 03 April 2008 13:44

Boris Johnson is a fraction ahead of Ken Livingstone in the race to win London’s mayoral election on May 1, according to a poll published today. The outcome of the battle is likely to determine whether motorcycles are allowed to use London’s bus lanes, with Johnson promising to open them to us and Livingstone steadfastly refusing. It’s also likely to ...

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Free Ferrari for BMW R1200GS Adventure riders

Steve Farrell, 31 March 2008 17:35

Oil giant Shell is offering free Ferraris – but only motorcyclists who ride a BMW R1200GS Adventure will be able to claim one. The official scale models are free with every 30 litres of fuel until May 7. With a massive 33 litre usable tank capacity, GS Adventure owners should just manage it. There are six different cars to collect. ...

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Government tells police: catch motorcyclists in April

Steve Farrell, 25 March 2008 15:12

Police have instructions from Government to spend April targeting motorcyclists, MCN can reveal. The instructions are contained in a Department for Transport (DfT) “enforcement calendar” issued to traffic units as part of its Think road safety campaign. Inspector Shaun Cronin of Dorset Police's traffic unit said: "The DfT put out an enforcement calendar. It guides police forces through the Think ...

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New 15mph speed limits

Steve Farrell, 25 March 2008 14:58

Urban speed limits of 15mph are to be introduced in new “eco towns” across the UK to tackle global warming. The plans, due to be unveiled by housing minister Caroline Flint later this week, are intended to discourage use of motorcycles and cars in favour of cycling and public transport. The goal is to limit emissions and pollution in up ...

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Bikers targeted with unmarked police cars, motorcycles and helicopter

Steve Farrell, 17 March 2008 17:07

Police in Nottingham are targeting motorcyclists with unmarked bikes, cars and a helicopter in a series enforcement operations. The force says the aim of Operation Retina is to cut rider casualties on the county’s roads. Officers will stop riders to carry out bike checks and give “advice on wearing high visibility clothing”. “There will also be a number of unmarked ...

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DfT “regrets” false claims on motorcycle road tax evasion

Steve Farrell, 14 March 2008 10:08

The Department for Transport has said it “regrets” making “inflated” claims that nearly four in 10 motorcycles are untaxed. Edward Leigh MP, Chairman of the Commons Public Accounts Committee, was forced to issue an apology to motorcyclists after the committee claimed 38% of motorcycles were untaxed based on DfT figures. When a new DfT study reported only 6.5% of bikes ...

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Trials of road pricing technology for bikes to go ahead

Steve Farrell, 06 March 2008 14:38

Trials of technology which could be used to implement national road pricing for motorcycles will go ahead, the Department for Transport has said. Plans for national road pricing were shelved on Tuesday following massive public opposition and a campaign by MCN. Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly acknowledged a national scheme could not go ahead until public concerns had been addressed. Instead ...

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