All the latest from the trade & industry
January – February 2015
Highways Agency reforms afoot
A new bill currently being put before parliament
provides the legal framework for the government’s
£15bn ‘Road investment strategy’ and includes major
reforms to the Highways Agency. If the bill is passed,
the Highways Agency will become a government-
owned company, which could save the taxpayer at least
£2.6bn over the next 10 years, it is estimated.
The Highways Agency will be replaced with Highways
England from April 2015, and will be responsible for
delivering over 100 new road schemes between now
and the end of next parliament.
Dartford crossing goes non-stop
The Dartford Crossing has been equipped with a new
electronic payment system so that motorists no longer
have to stop at a toll booth to pay their charge. Under
the new system, motorcyclists will continue to use the
crossing free of charge. The crossing will remain toll-
free for all vehicles every night, from 10pm to 6am.
Honda wings its way to 300m
Honda Motor Co. reached its 300m-unit milestone in
September 2014. The company held a ceremony at its
Kumamoto production plant in Japan to celebrate the
300-millionth machine produced, a Gold Wing 40th
Anniversary Edition. Last year was Honda’s 66th year
of production, which began in 1949 with the Dream
‘What’ll it do, Mister?’ 122mpg,
Fuel-economy enthusiast ekes out winning
range from CG125
A motorcycle developed by enthusiasts for a fuel-economy
contest has achieved 122mpg. The Institute of Advanced
Motorists’ (IAM) London Advanced Motorcyclists’ annual
economy run is titled ‘What Will It Do Mister?’
The idea was the brainchild of long-standing member
Andrew Craster, and the run has been staged every year since
2009. The group has some strict guidelines about how the
economy run is conducted – everyone must ride to IAM test
standards, must not impede other road users and keep to all
road safety rules and guidelines. The route set by London
Advanced Motorcyclists took in nearly 60 miles of varied
conditions including A and B roads, busy town centres and
The winning rider was the group’s observer Peter
Gibbons, who achieved 122.9.mpg on his Honda CG125.
Runner-up was Peter Raynham on a Honda NC750X with
101.8mpg, with Dave Wilkins on a Honda C90 taking the
final ‘podium’ spot on a Honda C90 with 98.9mpg. Next
up were Eddie Wright on a Yamaha RX100 on 90.1mpg and
Alice Dryden on a Honda Integra with 90.2mpg.
For more information on London Advanced
Ultrasonic cleaning on the south
New high-volume facility opens for business
Ultrasonic cleaners have been around since the Fifties, and
are now common in the bike trade for the cleaning of small
parts, cables, carbs, hoses, etc. This means of cleaning is
probably best known, though, for use on carbs and fuel
injectors, with which accessibility can be tricky.
Marlin Environmental Services is an established
specialist cleaning contractor, environmental consultancy
and engineering service. As part of the expansion of its
maintenance and engineering services, it has recently
installed an industrial-sized, 4,000-litre Ultrasonic Cleaning
tank at its head office site in Chichester Marina.
This facility caters for volume cleaning requirements and
larger components such as complete engines, cylinder heads,
wheels, footrest assemblies, handlebars and exhausts - even
complete frames and swingarms.
and click on the Ultrasonic
Cleaning link. Call Simon Evans on 01243 513657 or email@example.com
for further information.