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The TT that became a Nazi propaganda coup

Steve Farrell, 05 July 2013 07:30

It’s been described as motorcycle sport in its purest form. But the Isle of Man TT hasn’t always been just about sport. In 1939, the world’s most spectacular motorsports event became a propaganda exercise for the Nazis. With Czechoslovakia and Austria already under German control, and war with Britain looming, the Nazi propaganda machine viewed sporting victory as a means ...

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Four out of five bikes unlocked

Steve Farrell, 28 June 2013 13:57

Fewer than one-in-five owners of new bikes use any physical theft deterrent such as a chain, according to a survey in London. As machines got older, higher proportions were found to be secured with a chain or disc lock. Forty-five per cent of all bike owners in the survey used some such measure. The average age of their bikes was ...

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Staff blog: I've got to stay up - someone on the internet doesn't like the Burgman

Steve Farrell, 21 June 2013 14:35

Every time I write a blog on the Burgman, I seem to become embroiled in debate with critics of the scooter.   I don’t know why I feel the need to convince others to like it. It reminds me of that joke about internet arguments, where a wife asks her husband if he’s coming to bed and he says: “No. ...

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Clampdown on un-roadworthy bikes catches 15 times as many cars

Steve Farrell, 07 June 2013 10:00

A police clampdown on un-roadworthy motorcycles ended up catching up to 15 times more cars than bikes. Police had warned riders in advance: 'Don't risk it by taking to the roads without ensuring that your motorcycle is in a fully roadworthy condition.’ But only eight out of 129 vehicles caught in the three-day clampdown were motorcycles. A further 629 speeding ...

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Staff blog: A question for readers

Steve Farrell, 04 June 2013 09:43

I’ve been accused of being over-critical of bikes in the past. A spot of rust after a couple of months and I have a whinge about it in print. “What about the positives?” a manufacturer once complained.  So I’m not going to do that this time. I’m going to report that the Burgman 650 ABS Executive is a fantastic, underestimated ...

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