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Motorcycle Live gets the royal touch while I discuss the BMW S1000RR with Lembit Öpik

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Via Motorcycle Live gets the royal touch: His Royal Highness Prince William Duke of Cambridge visited Motorcycle Live at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham today to get a close look at the UK motorcycle industry and some of the new models that have been launched for 2014. The Duke, who is known to be a keen motorcyclist, was welcomed to the NEC by Paul Thandi, deputy to the Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands, who is also chief executive of […]

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The cost of commuting – train vs car vs motorcycle

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I travel to Parliament four days a week most of the year. Unusually, I’m in on a Friday today for the EU referendum bill (Hooray!) but I’d usually have meetings in Wycombe all day. I can commute by motorcycle, car or train. Bike travel can be miserable in the cold and dark when it’s raining, but I tend to like it anyway. Driving is painful: filtering by bike isn’t much fun but sitting in a queue is worse. Or I […]

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Motorcycle rider licensing must be part of our EU renegotiation

The issue of rider licensing is still causing alarm among motorcyclists. I have been contacted by riders and businesses who are concerned about the complications that the European Union has introduced to the British motorcycle licence through unwelcome directives. This issue is important because as well as being a great leisure and tourism activity, more and more people are using bikes to get to work as a cheaper form of transport than trains or buses, plus of course motorcycles are […]

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Motorcyclists: ‘Stay in Control’ this Summer

The Government’s ‘Stay In Control’ campaign — developed with partners from the motorcycle industry -– encourages motorcyclists to refine their riding by taking advanced training with qualified instructors and to consider being especially vigilant when road traffic increases as the summer weather arrives. The Minister, Stephen Hammond, has said: Motorcyclists make up just 1% of the traffic on our roads but last year accounted for 19% of deaths. So reducing the number of bikers killed on our roads is a key […]

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The Motorcycle Industry Association applauds my defence of UK motorcyclists against EU Legislation

Following the debate I called on motorcycle rider licensing, the Motorcycle Industry Association has “applauded [my] defence of UK motorcyclists against EU Legislation“, The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCI) is fully supportive of MP Steve Baker’s comments this week in parliament, when he accused the EU of ‘heavy-handed mistreatment of bikers’. Steve Baker was referring to proposed legislation regarding motorcycle construction and changes to licensing, which are due to be imposed on the UK by the European Commission next year. Steve […]

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