28 February 2017

MAG meets Motorcycle Crime Reduction Group

The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG), the UK’s leading voice for riders’ rights, held a joint session with the Chair of the Motorcycle Crime Reduction Group (MCRG), Kevin Howells, at MAG’s National Committee meeting on 11th February, 2017, in Warwickshire.

Mr Howells talked about the shocking crime statistics affecting biking. ‘There are over 26,000 bike thefts a year in this country,’ he explained.  ‘That means that during my presentation three or four bikes will have been taken in the UK.  What the MCRG does is find ways to put people off stealing bikes.   Tagging them is the most important one, and it’s got a good track record.  With a system like Datatag your bike is 60% less likely to be stolen, and the recovery rates are a lot better. That’s one thing we can do and the industry has taken that up.’

The meeting looked at what can most effectively reduce crime for bikers.  MAG’s London Representative, Tim Fawthrop, reported that the Mayor of London, Sadiq Kahn, has blamed bikers themselves for not being careful enough;  Tim observed that it’s hard to see how you can protect against being pushed off your own bike in a petrol station, likening it to blaming someone for not having chained all their property down in their house in case a burglar breaks in.

Mr Howells surprised the group by revealing that a lot of stolen bikes are built around used frames with log books sold by the insurance industry. These are then sold back into the dealership network.

Selina Lavender, Chair of MAG, said: ‘Kevin’s talk was very informative. Fighting bike theft needs to be a joint initiative so whilst it is encouraging that some manufacturers such as Triumph are fitting additional security as standard, there also needs to be an improvement in crime detection. ’

It was agreed that MAG and the MCRG will continue to work together, with the industry and the police in an effort to reduce bike crime which, suggested Mr Howells, can provoke riders into giving up bikes because they get fed up with losing them.

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

21 February 2017

Victoria Concordia Crescit

If Arsenal don't get to the FA Cup Final this year and stake a claim on a record breaking 13th victory it won't be for the want of trying or the draw.

Preston North End from the Championship - level 2 in the pyramid
Southampton from the Premier League - level 1 in the pyramid
Sutton United from the Natinal League - level 5 in the pyramid

All defeated, and all away from home on the opponents grounds. All beaten with various amounts of difficulty and the usual heart stopping moments for us paid up members at Arsenal FC.

Next on the horizon are giant killers Lincoln City. Currently the runaway leaders of the National League (5th tier of the English pyramid) and already the giant killers of three Premier League clubs.  

At least we are at home. Day and date to be decided after TV divvy up the Quarter Final (Last 8 left in it) games.

COYG.

17 February 2017

Routes

Routes not Roots.

Clearing loads of old files off my H-Drive at work revealed some stuff going back to 2003.

It is amazing how much you accumulate and just leave there. A folder here or there that probably not even been looked at for over a decade.

In the personal files section I found a load of tomtom and earlier garmin routes for trips long gone and several never actually undertaken.

Reminders of the past planning and aspirations. 

Delete?

4 February 2017

New Toy - TomTom 410

After five years of service, I have invested in a new TomTom GPS.  It's not the latest model but was at a decent price and comes with the car mount as well as the bike mounting.

The Urban Rider I have had for five years has been reliable most of the time but the mapping limitations have gradually got to annoy me. No, annoy is the wrong word, frustrating. I will reset it back to factory settings and see if I can sell it on eBay.

Getting the new one to work with my phone has been a little fraught as I had no signal. So I have reverted to USB cable and the laptop.  At least now it up to date.  Once the weather improves I'll get the bike fittings sorted.

More to follow........

1 February 2017

Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride UK

The run this year is on July 1st.

I missed the 2015 run as I was recovering from my heart attack and again in 2016 as it clashed with the Somme Centenary.

Prior to that I had been from 2010 to 2014 inclusive.

Hopefully I'll get back on plan and be there this year again.

http://www.alliedride.org/index.php/uk-home/uk-ride

By now it is usually all settled. But with some major road works in the area the route from the service area on the A14 is still to be decided.