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MANUFACTURERS’ RECALLS

The raw material used for the side support of your Triumph Trident is not strong enough. This can lead to bending of the side support under the weight of the motorcycle that can become unstable and fall over, increasing the risk of injury for the rider and bystanders.

The electronic twist-grip throttle on your Yamaha Tracer 9, Tracer 9 GT or MT-09SP may break when the vehicle is pulled up by the twist-grip throttle or when the grip cap is not installed. This can lead to blockage of the twist-grip throttle and impede the driver to properly control the motorcycle, especially at high speed and when accelerating, increasing the risk of an accident.

FEMA, Europe’s leading motorcyclists’ organisation, shows you all recalls: www.femamotorcycling.eu/recalls

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Dear Sir

You recently signed the petition “Do not implement proposed new offences for vehicle “tampering””:
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/600954

The MPs on the Petitions Committee have scheduled a debate on a petition relating to the Government’s proposals to create new offences of vehicle ‘tampering’, which you may have signed. The debate will be held on Monday 25 April.

Watch the debate (from 4.30pm, Mon 25 April): https://youtu.be/TxV7WyUO9F4

Read the debate transcript (available within a few hours of the debate ending): https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2022-04-25

Nick Fletcher MP, a member of the Petitions Committee, has been asked by the Committee to open the debate. MPs from all parties can take part, and a minister from the Department for Transport will respond for the Government.

Share your views with MPs

To inform the debate, Nick Fletcher would like to hear your views on the Government’s plans, and what else they should be doing on this issue.

Share your views by completing this short survey: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/V6ND30/

The survey will remain open until 9am on Monday 11 April.

Your responses will be anonymous. A summary of responses will be shared with Nick and other MPs, and may be referred to in the debate. It will also be published on the Committee’s website here: https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/326/petitions-committee/publications/written-evidence/.

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The changes to The Highway Code come into effect from today (29 January 2022).

There are changes in 8 important areas:

  • introducing a new hierarchy of road users
  • crossing the road at junctions
  • walking, cycling or riding in shared spaces
  • positioning in the road when cycling
  • overtaking when driving or cycling
  • cycling at junctions
  • people cycling, riding horses and driving horse-drawn vehicles on roundabouts
  • parking, charging and leaving vehicles

The Highway Code: 8 changes you need to know from 29 January 2022 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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 The Ural Experience Centre in Portugal

Go off-road in a sidecar: We get a taste of outfit life by riding Ural’s latest three-wheeler in Portugal | MCN (motorcyclenews.com)

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If this news is correct, can only be good for us.

New roadside cameras which monitor mobile phone use while driving are apparently currently being trialled on motorways. Also, one such camera caught a shocking 15,000 drivers using their mobile phones while driving.

They have the ability to capture clear images at speeds of up to 185mph and in any weather conditions (questionable that one), the cameras can be fitted to overhead gantries or portable trailers.

So how will it work, Artificial Intelligence (AI) photographs will be taken of all drivers and rule-breakers automatically detected, then the photos are examined by a human before further action is taken.

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Anti Tampering Laws news update.

Government responded:

The intention of the consultation proposal is to prevent modifications that negatively impact on road safety, vehicle security and the environment.

Our ‘Future of Transport’ work is a broad and ambitious programme focused on supporting the industry. The regulatory review aims to ensure our transport regulations are fit for the future.

As part of the Future of Transport: Modernising Vehicle Standards regulatory review, we have put forward proposals to enable Government to better target and prevent harmful tampering with vehicle emission control systems, as well as with safety and security critical systems, parts and components.

We are not proposing that all modifications be prevented, and we recognise there are legitimate reasons why a vehicle owner or business may want to modify a vehicle. Our proposals are not intended to hinder activities such as motorsports, restoration, repairs, or legitimate improvements and alterations to vehicles, or indeed do any damage to the businesses involved in these activities.

Nevertheless, certain modifications can negatively affect the safety and health of the vehicle owner, its occupants, other road users, and the wider population.

Tampering activities that prevent a vehicle’s emissions system from operating correctly, such as the removal of the diesel particulate filter from a vehicle’s exhaust, can significantly increase a vehicle’s harmful pollutant emissions.

Therefore, as vehicles become increasingly automated, we want to prevent alterations to a vehicle’s integral software and sensing technologies which could create safety and security risks. A badly modified vehicle has the potential to kill its occupants and other road users. It is also essential that we ensure modern vehicles remain cyber secure throughout their lifetime, and that any modifications do not make them vulnerable to malicious cyber-attacks.

The MOT test is an important part of ensuring that vehicles on our roads are safe and roadworthy. However, we must also recognise that the MOT test is fundamentally an inspection of a vehicle as presented at the time of a test and can only be a simple check.

There are risks in relying solely upon the MOT test to tackle harmful tampering. For example, it only includes basic checks for the presence and/or function of certain emissions control equipment and is not proof that the relevant emissions standards are being met. It is therefore important that we also have the powers to target and prevent tampering activities that negatively affect road safety, vehicle security and the environment.

We opened a consultation on these measures on 28 September, which closed on 22 November. The Government will consider all responses received and publish a consultation response summarising the responses and setting out the next steps. Any legislative proposals taken forward will be carefully defined so they do not prevent vehicle owners or businesses from making legitimate modifications to vehicles.

Department for Transport

I can see the issues, and really so should any other organisation or body. Basically, they are making it law that mandatory speed limiters to be fitted to all cars from July 2022 and they want to make it illegal to tamper with them. Also, as we all know there are thousands of, should I say car enthusiasts that fit exhausts as big as dustbins and mod the fuel system delivery so when they back of the throttle all you get is loud bangs and flames out of the exhaust . Having said that that goes for a small minority motorcyclists as well. But there comes a point when it goes to far, like in the main town where I live in the evening cars gather in car parks and other establishments roar up and down the roads between the roundabouts in the early hours of the morning. We can say it is a sledge hammer to crack a nut, but may be its to give the police the powers to stop and impound as at the moment if the car has an MOT, the police are a little powerless, other than they can issue,

K2 Vehicle Defect Form

1. When a police officer finds a fault on any vehicle that is, or will be, required to have an MOT test certificate, they may issue a Vehicle Defect Rectification Form instead of advising or prosecuting the driver or issuing a prohibition notice. Once the defect is rectified, the form is endorsed by a Tester to confirm that this has been done adequately.

So all the owner does, fit back the standard exhaust, have it tested all good and that’s it (the test is only good at the time of testing). Then the following week simply refit what they took off.

We will have to see how it all pans out.

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From 28 September it looks like we will have to display a UK sticker rather than a GB one.

The GB sticker has been in use for 111 years, but while it is technically valid for Northern Irish cars taken abroad, that country is not part of the geographical island of Great Britain ( Brexit and the sausage).

Apparently, the UK Government has written to the United Nations to effect the change, stating: “The United Kingdom is changing the distinguishing sign that it had previously selected for display in international traffic on vehicles registered in the United Kingdom, from “GB” to “UK” and this change will take effect on 28 September 2021.”

The switch from GB to UK stickers comes only months after the government unveiled a new GB number plate with a Union Flag. This replaced the previous so called ‘Euro’ plate, (stars of the European Union with the letters GB).

The switch to UK signifiers, means drivers with the new GB plates will have to either change their plates, or affix an additional UK sticker to their vehicles from September.

Unlike the soon-to-be-invalid GB plates, which were heralded by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps in January, the switch to UK signifiers was not formally announced by the Government. Apparently, it was spotted as a footnote in UN regulations by the AA.

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Motorcyclists are being refused the opportunity to take their test on an Electric Motorcycle.

https://www.britishmotorcyclists.co.uk/no-licence-test-on-electric-bike/

Same old story, one rule for bikes and one rule for cars.

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1080167_uk-teen-takes-driving-test–and-passes–in-electric-car

They need to get their heads out of the sand, so to speak as it needs to be sorted, as according to the government Electric vehicles will be the norm, and why someone can’t take there test on a Electric Motorcycle, is quite frankly ludicrous.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/926233/motorcycle-test-vehicle-list.csv/preview

The above is the current DVSA list of motorcycles that can be used for A and A2

And you can’t even take ya test on one of these due to it doesn’t meet the power requirements.

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New Sidecar Outfit to hit the UK

A new sidecar Outfit looks to be coming to the UK CHANGJIANG (changjiang-europe.com)

Phone courtesy of Changjiang Europe

You can take a look at F2 Motorcycles website Chang Jiang from F2 Motorcycles Ltd to get the current information.

So why should we get a little excited, well, it is huge leap forward compared to the Ural, a liquid cooled DOHC 8 valve twin, producing over 60 hp and it has a Bosch EFI system, plus linked disc brakes on every wheel. If the pricing is cheaper than the Ural, one has to say, why buy a Ural when you can have one of these. With other manufacturers hell bent of making the fuel tanks smaller and smaller it is nice to see it has a 20lt tank. More information will, I am sure appear on F2’s website.

長江750代表一个時代,曾在中國摩托車史上畫出濃墨重彩的一筆,它是影响了幾代人的經典車型。這種古老的設計元素和粗糙生硬的駕駛感受依然受到車迷追捧。 – YouTube

More alert than the Ural on the road, not only does the Chang-Jiang turn more flat, it brakes better and also shows more dynamic engine level. For mainly road use, it is the one to choose!” The only fault was the low silencers, that is if you wish to mainly ride off road, then I think a small mod to raise them wouldn’t be a issue. Take a look at the link below for the full report.

URAL vs CHANG-JIANG – Association URAL FRANCE (ural-france.com)