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Strange but True

Published: 28 January 2002

Updated: 19 November 2014

Here’s our latest round-up of motorcycling oddities from around the globe. If you spot anything worthy of inclusion in our next one, e-mail

France: Top French bike mag Moto Journal celebrated its 30th birthday with a cheeky double-page cover. The idea behind the computer-generated picture was to poke fun at all the stereotypes of the nation’s riders as sexist, tattooed hooligans.

Canada: Toronto’s mayor has infuriated local police by having his picture taken shaking hands with Hells Angels visiting the city. The cops felt he had endorsed the Angels, but the mayor blubbed: " I was frightened not to shake his hand… What was I supposed to do? "

Australia: Police have launched a crackdown on the Bandido bike gang. In a month the cops have seized over £2.5 million in assets including six houses, £300,000 of drugs, firearms and explosives.

Holland: Those caught on speeding on camera in Holland can now order the photo as a souvenir. They cost £2.90 each.

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