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Tuesday
Aug142018

MAG takes motorcycle security from ‘Lock 2 Lock’

The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG), and specifically the MAG Foundation, has launched a new crime-stopping initiative to help tackle the curse of the theft of motorcycles and scooters. Called ‘Lock 2 Lock,’ the idea is simple. You loop your lock through another person’s lock. Each rider can then release their machine without the presence of the other rider or riders.

‘Locking your bike to another object helps to make it much harder to steal,’ explains MAG Chair, Selina Lavender. ‘That’s what the MAG Foundation’s 'Lock 2 Lock' campaign is all about. The Lock 2 lock idea is very simple. MAG has promoted it in the past and is very keen to revive it. Here’s how it works:

1       You’ll find a ‘Lock 2 Lock’ tag in the new edition of The Road magazine.

2       Attach the tag to your lock to indicate you are happy for others to loop their lock through your lock.

3       Make sure you only loop the lock and NOT the wheel or any other part of the other machine, or you’ll stop them from being able to leave!

‘And that’s it,’ adds Selina. ‘In doing this you make it harder for criminals to steal either motorbike because it’s very hard to move two machines at once.  Our thanks go to the MAG Foundation for providing the tags.’ Further tags can be purchased from Central office for £2 each.

Lock 2 Lock is just part of MAG’s campaign to fight against motorcycle theft. Whenever a machine is stolen, we all suffer with increased insurance premiums and the owner has endless trouble and stress from the loss. MAG asks you to take the time to put the tag on your machine, secure your bike with Lock 2 Lock and make it less attractive to the criminal low-life who try to steal our bikes. We’re also working to get secure parking for motorcycles but Lock 2 Lock is something we can all do right now: use the tag and get more protected.

Contact MAG at 01926 844 064 or central-office@mag-uk.org

Tuesday
Jul242018

Xtra stylish Xtra light new LS2 helmet

New from LS2, the Xtra blends classic styling with cutting edge materials, construction and features, for riders who want the old-skool look, but demand modern comfort, protection and performance.

The Xtra’s impressive spec starts with the outer shell, which is made from 100% high-grade wide weave carbon fibre. It offers high penetration resistance and flexibility for energy dispersion, yet weighs in at just 1159 grams. Naturally, it’s fully ECE 22.05 certified for road use.

The shell comes in three sizes for the smallest, lightest possible helmet in each fitment range, and has a long-oval shape to follow the natural contour of the head, for a snug and reassuring fit.

The wide aperture offers plenty of all-round vision and accommodates most styles of riding goggle. Both Short and Long Peaks are included, to allow the rider to tailor to the Xtra to the riding conditions.

Dynamic Flow-through Ventilation - with top and chin vents, internal channels and exhaust ports at the rear - help keep the wearer cool when the going gets hot.

The breathable and hypoallergenic Extra Comfort Lining is removable and can be washed, to maintain freshness.

An emergency release system also features, which allows first responders to remove the cheek pads, so the Xtra can be removed with minimal movement of a fallen rider's head and neck.

A reinforced chin strap, double D-ring fastening and LS2’s signature metal security plate top off the spec.

The LS2 Xtra is available in sizes XS-XXL (53-64 cm) and is priced £399.99.

Visit www.ls2helmets.com for more information and to find your nearest stockist.

Images link to print quality version

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Monday
Jul232018

Vintage to Voltage – a Trial on Trails between Two Cities

London to Paris by 92-year old thumper and new electric motorcycle, on green lanes, for three good causes.

Carla McKenzie and Julie Diplock are two unusual businesswomen who have taken on a very unusual challenge: to ride an ancient 1926 Triumph and a state-of-the-art Zero electric motorcycle from London to Paris, but avoiding tarmac as much possible, using old carriageways and green lanes. The trip will take place in September and raise funds for three charities.

Both in their fifties, Carla and Julie have been passionate motorcyclists for most of their lives and between them have owned and ridden a huge variety of machines. Carla is the Managing Director of MYA Consulting, a successful hotel and catering consultancy based in Stroud. She is no stranger to motorcycle adventures, having ridden across the USA with wounded veterans as pillions several times. In 2015 she completed an epic challenge for charity, riding a British trail bike from John O’Groats to Land’s End, using as many green lanes as possible, having only just learnt to trail ride. This latest project combines her enthusiasm for both trail riding and electric motorcycles.

Julie lives on Romney Marsh. She founded Elk Promotions, which runs classic motorcycle and autojumble events across Kent and Sussex. Julie worked as a courier in the despatch riding heyday of the 1980s, progressing to track and sprint riding and regularly uses her collection of veteran, vintage and classic bikes on the road.

Some trials and tribulations are anticipated; specifically, finding places to charge the Zero in rural locations and overcoming the mechanical and riding challenges of piloting a 1926 Triumph model Q on muddy green lanes, with hand gear-change and lever throttle! Training is under way with a regime of fitness and trail riding practice for the event. Even on a purpose-built modern machine, trail riding requires a whole different mind-set and skills from riding on tarmac roads.  

The trip will highlight the evolution of the motorcycle over the past century, but more importantly it will raise money for three charitable causes close to these women’s hearts. The Lt Dougie Dalzell MC Memorial Trust (DDMT) offers support and assistance to soldiers who are currently serving, or have served, in the Armed Forces. The Kent, Sussex, and Surrey (KSS) air ambulance provides an emergency service to patients who have suffered trauma or medical emergencies. The Joan Seeley Memorial Trust provides pain relief and medical equipment for hospitals and hospices throughout the UK.

The ladies will leave Westminster on Tuesday 18th September and are planning to arrive in Paris on the 21st September. (Dates to be confirmed).

If you would like to donate to this fantastic cause, please visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CarlaMcKenzie1

 

Contact Details

Carla McKenzie

Managing Director

MYA Consulting

carla.mckenzie@mya-consulting.co.uk

 

 

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.”