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Video: MCN rides with The White Helmets

Steve Farrell, 07 August 2012 11:45

When I asked the White Helmets if they could teach me to jump over something, I had in mind an object about waist-height. Big enough for injury to be a possibility - otherwise no one would be impressed - but not a certainty. A dog would be too small; the Snake River Canyon too big. Something like a supermarket checkout ...

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Bike industry wants ‘damaging’ insurance ad pulled from TV

Steve Farrell, 23 September 2011 11:30

The motorcycle industry is calling for insurance ads featuring a biker injured in a crash to be withdrawn from TV. The Motorcycle Industry Association says the Aviva ads, shown during the ITV’s period drama Downton Abbey, are damaging its efforts to get more people into biking. The 10-second ads, referred to as ‘idents’, dramatise the real-life story an Aviva customer ...

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Airbag doctor: “I don’t wear one”

Steve Farrell, 19 February 2009 14:13

A doctor behind calls for airbag jackets to be made compulsory riding equipment has admitted he doesn’t wear one on his own motorcycle. Last week Andy Parfitt told BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat: “I think dozens of lives could be saved if these jackets were made compulsory.” But he told MCN: “I haven’t bought one. Why haven’t I bought one? I don’t ...

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‘Cops let me refuel during chase,’ says 140mph speeder

Steve Farrell, 05 November 2008 11:09

The biker followed for miles by an unmarked police bike at up to 140mph has told how cops allowed him to refuel before continuing the chase. 140mph chase was 'safe' Police followed Michael Collins, 22, for 40 minutes to ‘gather evidence’. When he stopped to fill up, an officer in plain leathers on a silver Honda Fireblade simply waited further ...

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Bennetts Babes on bucking bike

Steve Farrell, 05 September 2008 15:35

Models ride a bucking motorcycle in this saucy viral video released by bike insurer Bennetts. Get insurance for your motorbike The Bennetts Babes, including Miss England finalist Amy Dargan, have to stay on for as long as possible in their smalls. Why? We don’t care. The Bennetts Bucking Bike is set to appear at forthcoming bike events including Donington Park World ...

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130mph rider jailed

Steve Farrell, 13 August 2008 14:48

Police have released video of a motorcyclist fleeing at over 130mph after the rider was caught and jailed. Christopher O’Donovan was already banned from riding when he overtook an unmarked police car at 95mph on his Kawasaki ZX-R600 and declined to stop. The 44-year-old then reached 133mph in a 26-mile chase through rural Wiltshire. He was tracked by a police ...

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Video: Police clampdown on YouTube racers

Steve Farrell, 04 January 2008 10:27

Riders who post clips of themselves speeding on the internet face having their homes raided and computer equipment seized, police have warned. They say they are monitoring film sharing sites such as and will leave no stone unturned in the search for culprits. The warning came after a clip emerged of a motorcyclist hitting an indicated 180mph. The clip, ...

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Video: Police appeal for help with M40 shooting case

Steve Farrell, 14 August 2007 18:58

Police have held a press conference to release the latest information about the biker shot off his motorcycle on the M40 on Sunday. Check out the video below to see our interview with Detective Superintendant Lawrence from the team investigating the murder. Zoom & Watch more videos on MCN | TV // By use of this code snippet, I ...

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Video: Is speed camera use falling?

Steve Farrell, 17 July 2007 09:00

Your chances of seeing a speed camera van on the road are up to 60 per cent less than last year, MCN can reveal. Funding changes brought in by Government have plunged speed camera authorities into chaos and led to drastic cuts in the number of hours spent enforcing the limits, an MCN investigation has found. Under the Government’s National Safety ...


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