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Oxford seeks historic bikes
Following the recent opening of its new distribution
centre, Oxford Products is on the hunt for some of
its historic race machinery to decorate the facility. It
welcomes help in unearthing the bikes that helped to
build the Oxford brand, such as Ducati 888s raced
by Trevor Nation, Robert Dunlop, Steve Hislop, Jim
Moodie and Jeremy McWilliams, and Peckett-McNabb
Kawasakis from the late-Seventies. If you can help,
contact marketing director Henry Rivers Fletcher firstname.lastname@example.org
or 01993 862 300.
Bridgestone to be TOP
Bridgestone has entered into an agreement with the
International Olympic Committee (IOC) to become an
official TOP (The Olympic Partner) for the 2016, 2020
and 2024 Olympic Games. The announcement was
made in Tokyo at a press conference and ceremonial
signing of the TOP agreement attended by, among
others, IOC President Thomas Bach and Masaaki
Tsuya, Bridgestone CEO and chairman of the board.
Dave Bickers dies
Motocross legend and former trade kingpin Dave
Bickers passed away on 6th July. A post on Dave’s son
Paul Bickers’ Facebook page reads:
“It is with great sadness that I am announcing the
passing of my father Dave Bickers. He left us peacefully
early this morning 6th July. All of his family at his side.
His daughter Andrea is making it back from Brisbane
Australia just in time to be with rest of the family.
The stroke was very severe and he could not win the
fight against the damage caused. We plan to have a
celebration of his life in the not too distant future.
Details of this will follow when arrangements have
IAM: ‘Accidents increasing in
New figures flag up safety concerns over low
The number of serious accidents on 20mph roads has
increased by over a quarter (26 per cent) since last year,
according to analysis of government data by road safety
charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).
Slight accidents on 20mph roads increased by 17 per
cent. Casualties in 20mph zones also saw a rise; serious
casualties increased by 29 per cent, while slight casualties
went up by 19 per cent.
In the same year, there was a decrease in serious and
slight accidents on 30mph roads and 40mph roads, claims
the IAM. Serious accidents went down nine per cent on
30mph roads and seven per cent on 40 mph roads. There
was a five per cent reduction in slight accidents on 30mph
roads and a three per cent decrease on 40mph roads.
IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “More and more
roads are being given a 20mph limit but they do not seem
to be delivering fewer casualties. The IAM are concerned
that this is because simply putting a sign on a road that still
looks like a 30mph zone does not change driver behaviour.
More evaluation and research is needed into the real world
performance of 20mph limits to ensure limited funds are
being well spent.”
Industry’s Master security scheme
Tagged bikes four times less likely to be stolen
The Motorcycle Crime Reduction Group has released figures
showing a marked reduction in the theft of motorcycles
tagged under the Master security scheme.
Since January 2013, 52,687 new motorcycles and
scooters have been protected and registered with the scheme
and to date, of which only 403 have been stolen. This
represents a theft rate of 0.76 per cent, compared to an
historic rate of 2.6 per cent, meaning marked bikes may be
nearly four times less likely to be stolen.
Of the 403 bikes stolen, the current recovery rate stands
at 37 per cent. In addition, the police are aware of the
locations of a number of the unrecovered bikes, which will
be the subject of police action in the coming weeks.
MCIA chief Steve Kenward said: “We’re beginning to see
the effects of the Master scheme... we are highly encouraged
by the results we have seen so far.”