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the_moosden

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the_moosden says:

Council get motorcycles to maintain roads

Worcestershire County Council have started using BMW R1200GS motorcycles to respond quickly to minor defects on the roads, such as potholes. Highways Liaison Officers Steve Murch said, “We look after 2,500 miles of roads and 1,800 miles of footways around the county, which involves checking them on an ongoing basis. “Trying to get a standard vehicle through a busy town centre to...

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kawasakibiker

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Excellent, excellent news for us all :)

This way more Councils and Government bods will get the opportunity to work alongside bikes, use them and actually see the HUGE benefits of motorcycles to our existing network of roads. They are the best 'tool for the job' as concerns 'rapid response'. A bike is quicker where it matters and I'm not talking outright speed I'm talking ability to get to places cars are just unable to reach and as for equipment the tourers with luggage can easily take the equipment needed for most jobs. This as well as the news of the Kawasaki ZZR600 blood runner bike is going in the right direction for us to be recognised as an essential element on the roads. If this one story influences other Councils to do the same its a step in the right direction for bikers all over the UK. Well done MCN for reporting this kind of story and making everyone aware.

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davidh36

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davidh36 says:

Worcestershire Council

Well done Worcestershire Council, at least the lads on the bikes will pick up exactly what we pick up when looking for faults in the road. By doing this by car you dnotice the man hole cover thats slightly lifted on one side or that nasty pothloe right in our line on the road. Well done.

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toe_down_sv_racing

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faster way to do it

also getting these guys to be some kind of fast responce unit would shave a lot of time off the paper trail councils love to go down

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Boult

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Boult says:

Wow

a local authority using common sense and spending its budget wisely. Hope it catches on!

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numb fingers

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numb fingers says:

oh yeh

could the council not found a more expensive machine, why not something more handy smaller easy to pick up. tha nose

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ccurts

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ccurts says:

Nice Idea, wrong bike

couldn't agree more, what would be wrong with bandit 650 or something for half the price of the bmw. Wouldn't you just love to be spending someone else's money?

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guzzivee8

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guzzivee8 says:

Not really ccurts

These guys are also checking out ‘highways’ that include off road cycle tracks (sorry but they are ‘highway’ users as well) and might well need ‘off road’ capability. (Worcestershire suffered quite badly from flooding last year.!) They also have a fair bit of kit on board, GPS, Rugged lap top, etc all which will need electrical power (which the BM has in abundance) The BM is also likely to have a significantly higher re-sale value than Suzuki (excellent bike though it may be) Lets also not forget that the alternative would be these guys driving around in cars (£12-14K +?) GV8

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