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The Rules - Running a rider training business

Steve Farrell, 29 August 2013 07:00

In 1991, a 23-year-old Bernard Adams was made redundant from his IT job, and took over a money-losing council bike training scheme, run from a shed. Now 45, he runs probably the biggest rider training franchise in the country, with 11 branches across England. While many competitors struggle to survive difficult times, Cam Rider continues to expand. MD Adams says ...

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Motorcyclists can join POLITE force

Steve Farrell, 14 June 2013 13:13

Motorcyclists have been told they can legally wear a high-visibility vest that resembles police uniform. The yellow bibs have the word ‘polite’ printed on the back in large capital letters, along with a strip of blue-and-white crosshatching similar to designs traditionally worn by police. Cyclists in London already wear them to get drivers to give them more space, after Met ...

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Sorry mate, I didn’t tree you

Steve Farrell, 14 June 2013 13:08

No amount of training can prepare us for some hazards of the road, as one riding instructor learned. Barry Briggs had a lucky escape when a tree fell on him as he followed a student.  The instructor was riding on the A606 near Upper Broughton, Nottinghamshire, when the tree fell across the entire width of the road. Helmet camera footage ...

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Staff blog: In defence of the Burgman, pt 1

Steve Farrell, 13 June 2013 10:41

I’m experiencing mild frustration at some of the preconceptions I’ve encountered about the Burgman. If you’ve read my replies to reader comments under my previous blog entries, you may have detected a hint of defensiveness.   Although I’m really enjoying using the Burgman, for example, people keep telling me to get rid of it. So far five reader comments have ...

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Staff blog: How much?

Steve Farrell, 04 June 2013 10:14

I got a shock when I saw the price of new standard rear tyre for the Burgman 650 ABS Executive from a Suzuki dealer: £184 plus £30 for fitting.   The first one has just been replaced during the 4000 mile service, which costs £135. So that’s a total of £349.   I do 800 miles a week commuting to ...

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No plans for IOM national speed limit

Steve Farrell, 17 May 2013 14:05

The Manx government has said there are no plans for a national speed limit after a coroner accused it of “putting innocent lives at unacceptable risk”. Coroner of Inquests John Needham said the government had a duty “to protect all people sometimes from risks that they wish to impose upon themselves”.He was speaking at the inquest of a motorcyclist who ...

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Calls for tougher enforcement as minister warns of £90 fine for driving on the phone

Steve Farrell, 10 May 2013 10:28

Plans to increase fines for using a phone while driving need to be backed up by tougher enforcement, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists. Fixed penalty fines for a variety of motoring offences will rise from £60 to £90, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has indicated. The new fine will apply to using a phone while driving, whether to make ...

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What happened to the ES1?

Steve Farrell, 04 May 2013 10:00

Six years ago, this British design was going to be the future of superbikes. So where is it? The trouble with bold claims is they can come back to haunt you. If you say you’re making the fastest, lightest and best-ever handling motorcycle, for example, people might be forgiven for asking, six years later (five after an auspicious London show ...

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The quarter-million-mile man

Steve Farrell, 28 March 2013 09:00

In 1999, Ian Coates left his home in Yorkshire and flew to South Africa to collect a Land Rover for a friend and bring it back to England. The mission was scuppered by visa problems, and he got his wife to ship his Honda Africa Twin to Johannesburg so he could ride back by a different route. Fourteen years later, ...

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Death crash policewoman resigns

Steve Farrell, 01 March 2013 16:15

A policewoman who caused a crash that killed a motorcyclist while talking on her phone has resigned. Collette Carpenter stepped down after the Crown Prosecution Services’ decision not to charge her was reported in the national press. Carpenter was talking on her phone when she pulled into the path of motorcyclist David Bartholomew, 54, an inquest heard. But the CPS ...

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