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Monday
Jul162018

BECOME AN ADVANCED RIDER WITH TRIUMPH MOTORCYCLES

Triumph Motorcycles UK has partnered with the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) to offer all Triumph riders, owners, dealers and staff a £40 discount on IAM RoadSmart’s Advanced Rider Course.

 

 

Based on the police’s Motorcycle Roadcraft riding manual, the course helps develop riders to be safer on the road, improve their anticipation and increase rider enjoyment.

 

According to 2,500 riders who passed the Advanced Rider Course, 97% found riding more enjoyable after taking the test, 94% reported improved use of road space and 61% claimed the course helped them avoid an incident.

 

With Triumph’s discount, the Advanced Rider Course costs £109 (usually £149) and includes the course manual, your IAM RoadSmart membership, the test ride, and as many observed rides as necessary to prepare for the test.

 

Paul Lilly, General Manager, Triumph Motorcycles UK & Ireland, said: “We’re very pleased to announce our partnership with the IAM and to offer all of our customers and staff a discount on the Advanced Riding Course. Rider safety and enjoyment is paramount to us and we always recommend advanced training so that riders get the most from their Triumph motorcycle.”

To book your course, call 0300 303 1134 quoting 'triumph10' to save £40 or book online at IAM RoadSmart.

 

Friday
Jul062018

MAG slams total absence of leadership in the war on motorcycle theft

The Motorcycle Action Group has publicly condemned what it sees as a complete lack of leadership, understanding and vision by senior figures responsible for dealing with the epidemic of motorcycle and scooter theft.  MAG has vowed to hold the government, senior police chiefs, and the judiciary to account for the deplorably weak response to this national issue.  Director of Campaigns & Political Engagement, Colin Brown, has asked “Why is it that criminal gangs can demonstrate a better level of vision, organisation and adaptability than those whose job it is to protect us as law-abiding citizens?”

The national disgrace that is the ever-escalating lawless nature of this country has affected many areas of society.  The motorcycling community is one that has been hit hard and yet it would seem is one that does not deserve the protection of the state.  Few can have escaped seeing the news reports if not being directly affected by the lawless behaviour of gangs of criminals on stolen motorcycles and scooters.  In London the very highly publicised attacks on members of the public and celebrities alike, with violence regularly featured, fill the newspapers.  Less well reported nationally are the criminal gangs of anti-social riders that terrorise communities, placing people at risk of serious injury as they mount pavements and practice stunt riding on the public highways on a daily basis.

Colin said “Behind all this criminality is the epidemic of motorcycle theft that fuels and enables the behaviour.  As I heard one wise police officer comment; ‘these people are not the type who go out to their local dealership to buy, register, tax and insure a motorcycle.’  We are not likely to be rubbing shoulders with them at a local charity run unless they are there to steal our bikes.

“Despite all the spin and Home Office Roundtable initiatives that claim to be dealing with the issue and even to having it all under control, the main point raised by the motorcycling community has still not been heard.  The decision-makers have never ridden a bike and focus purely on the outrageous behaviour towards what they see as ‘normal’ people.”
MAG has a very simple solution to all the criminality: deal with the theft of motorcycles.  Moped gangs would be reduced to being just gangs if they cannot source machines; anti-social riders can only be antisocial kids on foot if they are not riding bikes.  Take away the new tool of their trade and they suddenly become less capable of breaking the law and far easier to apprehend.

Colin Brown went on to say: “The police are constantly asking for partnership-working due to the pressures on their resources, yet despite repeated offers they generally don’t want to work with us.  We engaged with the Home Office Roundtable process but, again, despite repeated offers we were not actively engaged in any of the task and finish groups.  The only people at the table with first-hand knowledge of the real face of motorcycle theft and the realities of what victims are suffering were excluded from the process.  This has resulted in our view in a massive tick-box exercise that has not come close to tackling the problem.”

At the end of 2017 MAG attempted to collate details on the national picture, to understand the true face of the crime across the country. Freedom of Information (FOI) requests were sent to every police force in the UK.  A simple question was asked: how many motorcycles have been stolen each year over the last 3 years?  Shockingly 34% of police forces failed to give any response to the request, despite the fact that they have a legal obligation to do so.  Three of the responding forces said that they did not record motorcycle thefts separately from other vehicle types, and could not therefore say how many had been stolen.

Colin Brown says “We are repeating this exercise with all UK police forces, asking how many motorcycles were stolen in 2017, how many were recovered, and how many criminals were charged with theft of a motorcycle.  If we do not receive responses we will be referring those forces to the Ombudsman.  We are also asking all local authorities how many secure motorcycle parking bays they provide, what their spending has been on secure parking infrastructure and what their budget is for 2018.  From this data we will identify areas where there needs to be closer scrutiny, and we will then examine the response to the issue and planned action in that location.  We will demand that independent advisory groups are set up to hold the senior officers and local authorities accountable.  We will make our findings public and, where necessary, lobby local PCC’s and MP’s until action is taken.
“The time for platitudes, spin and box-ticking is at an end.  We demand meaningful action and we demand it now.”

Wednesday
Jul042018

Honda become the first manufacturer to provide free Motorcycle trackers

 

Honda Motorcycles UK has joined forces with Datatool in the first partnership of its kind to offer tracking equipment fitted free-of-charge to riders of every single on-road Honda motorcycle. Available on purchases from Monday 2nd July 2018*, the initiative is part of Honda’s ongoing commitment to advance motorcycle safety and security.

 

New Honda Motorcycle customers will have the option of receiving Datatool’s innovative Thatcham-approved tracking solution - TrakKING Adventure system, supplied and fitted at no extra cost by Honda dealerships. Honda is also offering existing owners a discount on purchase and installation costs. The only cost to the customer is the ongoing 24/7/365 monitoring subscription.

 

In addition to the automatic theft monitoring and instant notification, Datatool TrakKING Adventure provides a detailed journey history with every journey automatically uploaded to the cloud for later review, as well as the ability to provide location and event-based alerts.

 

Once activated, the TrakKING Adventure software allows riders to record and review their routes with friends online and via the free iOS or Android smartphone apps.

This mapping technology and the tracking capability covers the whole of Western Europe, allowing Honda owners to take their bikes abroad with complete peace of mind.

 

The UK’s top-selling motorcycle brand, Honda has thrown its support behind the recently-announced MCIA Secured** initiative and is keen to highlight the role that manufacturers can play in ensuring riders have access to the tools which will keep them and their bikes safe.

 

As well as being Thatcham Quality Assured, TrakKING Adventure is also accredited as a Police ‘Secured by Design’ product, which means it meets the high standards set by police forces around the UK to reduce and prevent crime.

 

Neil Fletcher, Head of Motorcycles at Honda UK, said: “This ground-breaking safety and security initiative is a long-term Honda commitment to ensuring peace of mind for riders of Honda’s on-road range.

 

“Fitting a tracking device such as TrakKING Adventure is a significant deterrent, looked on favourably by insurance companies and can lead to around 90% of bikes being returned to their owner if they are unfortunate enough to be stolen. For riders, dealers and insurers, it’s a win-win scenario, speeding up the process of getting back on the road and ensuring customers retain their Honda motorcycle.”

 

Dave Plummer, Datatool Brand Manager at Scorpion Automotive, commented: “Tracking technology is increasingly important for riders looking to protect their motorcycle or scooter, particularly within urban areas. It’s an incredibly positive step from Honda UK to commit to providing our TrakKING Adventure hardware to its customers free-of-charge. We’re keen to work together to develop the product to meet the needs of Honda riders throughout the UK.”

 

Tony Campbell, CEO at The MCIA, added: “Following the announcement of the MCIA Secured scheme due to be rolled out over the coming months, it is great news to see Honda take this important step in fighting Motorcycle & Scooter Theft which has become a growing problem in recent years. The MCIA Secured programme has been introduced to make it clear to customers which anti-theft security is fitted as standard to New Motorcycles and Scooters and at the same time encourage manufacturers to invest more in security for the customer. The MCIA and Industry has been working tirelessly hard with Government and Authority to tackle the problem of Theft and therefore we are extremely pleased to see Honda introduce TrakKING as a standard fit security item on all new Honda’s”.

 

Datatool TrakKING Adventure is available on all new Honda scooters and motorcycles sold after Monday, 2nd July 2018. Honda dealers are also offering discounted purchase and installation prices for existing owners, typically £349 fitted. Monthly subscription costs come in at less than £10 per month, with the option to pay for the year upfront.

 

For more information, visit: www.honda.co.uk/motorcycles

Monday
Jun182018

MAG encourages all bikers to ride to work

The third week of June is national Ride to Work week, which is run by the Motorcycle Industry Association and calls on all riders to try commuting to work on their bikes.  MAG’s Director of Campaigns & Political Engagement, Colin Brown, is encouraging leisure riders to grasp the opportunity and support the initiative to #CommuteHappy.

The reality in the UK is that many riders reserve their riding for days off work.  Motorcycling is a fun, fulfilling hobby, but many riders then miss out on the benefits that their hobby could bring to their daily commute.  You are likely to significantly reduce your journey time, save money, and arrive far less stressed than your non-riding colleagues.

Perhaps more importantly, by riding your motorcycle to work you will be helping to reduce congestion for all road users and playing a significant role in reducing air pollution.  Studies show that a 10% modal shift from single occupancy cars to powered two wheelers will yield a 40% reduction in congestion for all road users and a 6% reduction in overall emissions.  These are benefits that all road users reap from us extending our passion and hobby into a regular transport option.

Director of Campaigns & Political Engagement, Colin Brown, comments “There are many reasons why motorcycles are not the first choice for some of us when it comes to commuting.  Ride to Work Week gives us an opportunity to explore those barriers and see how we can help to make motorcycling a natural choice for more people.  Whether it be concerns over safety, security, convenience, or anything else, give it some thought and let us know the issues that put you off.  We all love riding our bikes, so let’s do more of it and save the planet at the same time!”

If you can only make it onto your bike for one day during the week, make it Thursday.  Colin points out: “Thursday 21st June is also Clean Air Day.  A typical 125cc commuter bike emits virtually no emissions, and the reduction in congestion will also help reduce secondary pollution from other vehicles on the road.  Riding to work on a scooter or motorcycle will greatly reduce your exposure to particulate matter in comparison with taking the tube in London.   If you want to go clean, get on your motorbike and #CommuteHappy”

MAG will be running polls and asking for feedback throughout the week on social media, and asks all riders and potential riders to let us know their thoughts, and to share their experiences and ideas for ways to encourage more road users to switch to powered two wheelers.

Find out more about the MCIA campaign at:  http://www.ridetoworkweek.co.uk/

Let us know your opinions and ideas at: https://www.facebook.com/motorcycleactiongroup/

Monday
Mar192018

2018 MICHELIN POWER DAYS RETURN FOR JUST £49

Following two successful years, Michelin has once again teamed up with Rymer Racing to bring the 2018 Michelin Power Days to five top British circuits. Michelin Power Days are hosted by racing hero and twice World Endurance Champion, Terry Rymer. Special guests are also due to attend with the likes of Steve Parrish, Chris Walker and Gary Mason on track at previous events.

Riders are invited to join the action at the unbeatable price of just £49 when they purchase a set of Michelin Power Cup Evo, Michelin Power Slick Evo, Michelin Power Rain, Michelin Power RS or the NEW Michelin Road 5 in 2018 from participating dealers.

Circuits include the fantastic Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire, Knockhill in Scotland and Bishopscourt in Northern Ireland. This year the team will also return to Snetterton and for the first time include the brilliant and picturesque Anglesey Circuit in North Wales in the line-up.

New for 2018, Michelin Power Days will stage a complete take-over of each track, with EXCLUSIVE hire at all events meaning a more intimate and personal experience, along with the chance for more participants to claim one of the 600 places available.

Michelin Power Days are designed to welcome all riders. Whether a track-day hero or a complete novice, the team at Rymer Racing have a wealth of experience to accommodate all needs and requirements with tuition available in the classroom and on the track.

Riders will be allocated one of three groups either Novice/Road 5, Intermediate or Fast – each with equal track time and expert tuition from seasoned instructors. The day will include 120 minutes of track time along with tyre technical workshops and track day tuition from Terry himself. Refreshments are included and riders will also take home a photo and limited edition t-shirt and mug.

Michelin’s new sports touring tyre, the Michelin Road 5 will make its debut at the event this year. This all-round tyre is new for 2018 and promises to offer riders all they could want on both road and track.

Michelin Power Days 2018 will begin on 22nd May at Snetterton, the home of the British Superbike Championship and on to the ever-popular Knockhill Circuit in Scotland on 21st June, followed by Bishopscourt Circuit in Northern Ireland on 24th June. Cadwell Park is up next on 11th July followed by the stunning scenery of Angelsey in North Wales on 3rd August.

Places are subject to availability and are certain to sell out quickly. To find your nearest participating Michelin Power Days dealer and book your place visit www.powerdays.co.uk