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MAG, ULEZ and exemption of older motorcycles

Update on: Honda, BMW, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha, Harley Davidson, KTM, 
Lexmoto, Aprilia, Husqvarna, Moto Guzzi, Piaggio, Royal Enfield, 
Triumph, Norton, Gilera, Vespa.

The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) has been working to exempt as many 
motorcycles as possible from the high Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) 
charges being introduced in London in April 2019. In a series of 
releases, MAG is outlining the progress made with manufacturers in 
helping you to avoid charges, by proving your motorcycle is compliant 
with the emissions levels that have been set.

Following a productive meeting with the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, 
regarding motorcycles in the Capital, MAG is engaged in seeking 
information from manufacturers which will help you secure an exemption 
for your motorcycle.  MAG’s Director of Communications & Public Affairs, 
Lembit Öpik, explains: ‘we have agreed with the Mayor that those 
motorcycles which achieve the emissions standards set for the ULEZ 
charge should be exempt. It’s common sense and eminently fair to do this.

‘There are two ways to achieve that exemption: a Certificate of 
Conformity, showing that your machine produces less NOx than the upper 
permissible limit; or a specific test of your machine providing evidence 
that this is the case. We’re working with manufacturers to see what 
needs to be done to get a Certificate of Conformity (COC) and we’ll 
share that information as we get it.

MAG is also working to seek a simple, long-term solution that avoids any 
punitive toxic tax for motorbikes and scooters. The current proposal, 
which MAG is opposing, would add £12.50 to a daily commute for many, 
increasing the cost of the journey by over 1,000%.

We’ll keep you posted on manufacturers as we get more information from them.

Contact MAG at 01926 844 064 or


Skidmarx get fly with MT-10



British bike bodywork specialists Skidmarx have introduced a sports fly screen and larger touring screen for the Yamaha MT-10.

A popular addition to naked bikes, the Sport Fly Screen is specially shaped to deflect wind and weather away from the rider. Compact - at just 330 x 330 mm - it is designed to blend in with the MT’s aggressive, streetfighter styling and retails at £59.95 including VAT. 

The Tall and Wide touring screen measures 440 by 390 mm, shielding the rider from the elements for a more relaxing ride over long distances. It sells for £79.995 inc. VAT.

Both screens are made in the UK from 4 mm cast acrylic, come in a choice of Clear, Light Grey and Dark Grey tints and attach to existing mounting points above the headlights for a quick and fuss-free fit. 

Call Skidmarx on 01305 780808 or visit for details.
Sport Fly Screen
Tall & Wide Screen

Triumph Adventure Experience 2019 riding dates announced


Triumph Motorcycles has announced dates for its 2019 riding courses at the Triumph Adventure Experience.


Located in South Wales, the centre caters for all abilities and offers a whole range of immersive and fun riding experiences for riders to build or enhance their off-road capability and skills.


The courses will run from April through to the end of October 2019 and includes the following experiences:


  • Triumph Tiger Adventure Experience Day (£299)
  • Two day Triumph Level 1 Off-road Motorcycle Training Experience (£499)
  • Triumph Scrambler Experience Day (£299)
  • Two day Gravel Tours Off-road Experience (£649)
  • Two day Triumph Level 2 Off-Road Motorcycle Training Experience (£499)
  • Triumph Ladies’ Day Off-Road Motorcycle Training Experience (£299)


To book a course or to purchase a voucher for the Triumph Adventure Experience, visit -


KOVIX motorcycle security beats bike thieves


Bike thieves attempting to steal a scooter in Hull were foiled thanks to a KOVIX alarmed chain lock, which resisted attacks from three different heavy duty cutting tools.

Starting with a blow torch, the thieves tried to breach the cast steel lock casing. When that failed, they took an angle grinder to one of the 10mm chain links, without success. Finally they resorted to bolt-croppers, but these merely dented the chain link, without making a serious impression.

Incredibly the 120db alarm still worked after the onslaught and the owner was so impressed that he returned to the shop where he purchased the lock to buy a replacement.

The Metropolitan Police advise riders to use two or more security devices to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of bike theft and, by combining a deafening alarm siren with a high specification lock & chain, the KOVIX KCL10-150 is a formidable double-act.

Its 1.5M long hexagonal chain has 10 mm diameter hardened steel links, which are highly resistant to cutting and sawing, and the lock mechanism has a stainless steel case and key barrel, with a hardened steel lock pin, so it is equally tough and durable. The 120db alarm has shock and movement sensors and is powered by a long-life lithium battery.

KOVIX design and manufacture a wide range of intelligent security products in their own factory, giving them total control over specification and quality. Prices start at just £19.99 for a mini disc lock; the 1.5M alarmed chain lock is £124.99 including vat.

For more information contact The Key Collection 0117 971 9200 or visit
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The alarm unit still functioned, even after being attacked with a blow-torch
An angle-grinder failed to cut through the chain links
Bolt-croppers proved ineffective

The new MICHELIN Anakee Adventure to feature at EICMA Motorcycle Show (November 6-11) on a BMW R 1250 GS ahead of its January launch


The new MICHELIN Anakee Adventure, which is due to go on sale in January 2019, has been type approved for fitment to the BMW R 1250 GS. The move sees BMW Motorrad and Michelin, both world-renowned brands acclaimed for their expertise and exacting standards reinforce their collaboration in a spirit of mutual confidence. 

The new MICHELIN Anakee Adventure joins the French firm’s Trail range alongside the existing MICHELIN Road 5 Trail (for 100% road use) and MICHELIN Anakee Wild (50% road/50% off-road). This latest addition to the range, which is designed for 80% road use and 20% track/trail use, means it now covers an even wider spectrum of trail riders’ needs depending on how frequently they take their motorcycle off-road.

The MICHELIN Anakee Adventure stands out notably for its exceptional grip on wet roads, which is due to its new generation silica-enhanced compound. It also combines outstanding performance in dry weather with stability and resistance to wear thanks to two Michelin-patented technologies: MICHELIN Dual Compound 2CT and MICHELIN Dual Compound 2CT+.

Meanwhile, its new, open tread pattern provides the necessary traction when straying onto unsealed tracks and trails.

Matthew Ye, Senior Vice President Worldwide, Michelin 2Wheel Business Line, commented: “Our partnership with BMW Motorrad dates back to 2005 when we initially equipped the iconic BMW GS series. The new MICHELIN Anakee Adventure is designed to address the needs of those BMW Motorrad customers who essentially use their adventure bike on ordinary roads but who occasionally like to indulge in a little off-roading.”

Full details of the Michelin tyre range are available at