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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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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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‘Grave concerns’ about graphic safety ad

Steve Farrell, 02 July 2013 09:47

A leading riders’ group has said it has “grave concerns” about a graphic new safety ad.  The cinema ad by Transport for London shows a motorcyclist lying on his back in the road. While paramedics work to save him, he says to the camera: “I’m going into cardiac arrest now. Silly place to overtake, really. Still, you live and learn ...

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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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Days left to save Peak District’s best trail riding route

Steve Farrell, 20 June 2013 15:56

Motorcyclists have until June 28 to object to plans to ban motorised vehicles from the best green lane in the Peak District. The Peak District National Park Authority is proposing a permanent traffic ban on Chapel Gate, a two-mile route through moorland from near Chapel En Le Frith towards Edale, Derbyshire. A spokesman for the Trail Riders Fellowship said: “Chapel ...

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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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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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£100 fines for speeding and driving on the phone

Steve Farrell, 05 June 2013 12:59

Fines for speeding and using a hand-held mobile phone while driving will rise from £60 to £100 under Government plans. Drivers who hog the middle motorway lane or tailgate also face £100 fines with the introduction of a new fixed penalty for careless driving. Transport minister Stephen Hammond said: "Careless drivers are a menace and their negligence puts innocent people's ...

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Cat and Fiddle camera makers withdraw casualty claims

Steve Farrell, 28 May 2013 17:35

The makers of average-speed cameras on the Cat and Fiddle run are withdrawing a casualty reduction claim after a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority. Vysionics ITS had claimed its speed cameras reduce deaths and serious injuries by “more than 70%” on average. The Alliance of British Drivers said the claim was an exaggeration because it ignored chance variation in ...

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