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London Mayor blaming motorcycle manufacturers for huge bike theft rates is ridiculous!




Blaming manufacturers for bike theft is like blaming cutlery makers for knife crime.

Motorcycle crime makes for a rather depressing read but the more it is in the news, the more likely something positive will come out of this. Stick it out; maybe light is at the end of the tunnel.

The statistics involved with Motorcycle theft or Motorcycle enabled crime in London are staggering. An average of sixty-four crimes a DAY are committed using motorcycles and Fourteen thousand bikes were stolen last year just in London. There is a world outside of London but these figures are worrying for just one city.

London Mayor, Sadiq Khan held a summit yesterday in City Hall, London in a bid to tackle the crime rates. Khan, invited representatives from Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, BMW and Piaggio to meet with the Met Police to discuss the issue.

The Mayor released this statement:

“Motorcycle-related crime is reckless, frightening, intimidating and will not be tolerated in the capital.

“I have tasked the Met with stemming the increase, and they have responded with targeted intelligence-led operations, increased arrests and new tactics. But this is a problem that cannot be solved with policing alone.

Isn’t this a blatant example of merely passing the buck?

“Today I am bringing manufacturers and partners together to help us stamp it out once and for all.

“It is essential that the manufacturers step up to help us tackle this problem at the source. Put simply, the design of motorcycles make them far too easy to steal and this must be dealt with head-on at the point of design if we are to rid our streets of these crimes.”

Met Territorial Policing Commander Julian Bennet said, “We welcome any initiatives that make stealing these vehicles as hard as possible to curtail the criminal actions of these offenders. This includes working with industry, manufacturers, insurance companies and the motorcycle industry association to identify what can be done to prevent theft and to see what theft prevention measures can be designed into these vehicles for the future.”

Isn’t this a blatant example of merely passing the buck?

Motorcycle crime isn’t the fault of the manufacturers; let’s just correct the Mayor on that one.

Blaming motorcycle thefts on the manufacturers is the same as saying knife crime happens because the knives are too sharp!

Yes motorcycles are easy pickings to a well-equipped thief but you can only protect your bike so much. I commute into London on my bike and always in the back of my mind during the day I’m thinking; will my bike be there come home time? I fit three different aftermarket security devices to maximise the protection. What more can I physically do? Apart from electrifying the bike so if anyone touches it they will get fried.

Most bikes are fairly lightweight; so two thieves will be able to lift any bike into a van if not secured to a fixed object. All disc locks, chains, D-locks and ground anchors will be defeated by an angle grinder. Bike firms will not be able to ‘design out’ motorcycle theft because the end product would be a heavier less agile vehicle, a car.

Manufacturers would have already introduced more secure features if they were readily available. The steering lock is the most basic of defences but even if this were beefed up, there would still be a way round it.

The problem lies with actively stopping the perpetrator before they get close to any bike. Give the police full backing to tackle this mess head on and the statistics will start to decline. If this means harsher tactics and rough justice then so be it. The police should be able to give chase without thinking about health and safety policies.

It is now time for the Mayor to ‘Step up’ and sort out this mess. He has to task all available sources to end this epidemic otherwise someone will be killed due to the actions of motorcycle enabled crime.

It’s not all doom and gloom! Although it’s hard to think of much happiness at the moment, so here’s a picture of a dog in a sidecar instead.


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Is the Manx Missile Cavendish about to trade cycling lycra for motorcycle racing leathers?



Could the Manx Missile hang up his lycra and pedals for something a little more petrol propelled?

Mark Cavendish has been the fastest thing on two (pedal-powered) wheels for a while now, but in recent interviews, the Isle of Man native and good friend of Cal Crutchlow has expressed an interest in two-wheeled vehicles of a motorcycling kind.

Speaking in an interview with Esquire Magazine from when he was in Abu Dhabi for the Formula One last year, Cavendish shared his love of fast cars and bikes, telling the interviewer that he’d ‘always loved anything to do with motors, or machines… Vehicles really. Just love them’. Before being asked if he’d ever considered being an F1 driver?

‘Nah. I don’t think I’m good enough. Everybody thinks that it’s like driving a car down the promenade, it’s totally not the same. To be honest, I prefer motorbikes more; I would like to race them instead.’

Ok, so it’s not a huge admission or a massive surprise – it’s something we’ve all probably dreamed of and one time or another, but when pressed on the issue he does seem to have considered the possibilities more than just in passing.

When asked if motorcycling racing might actually be next for him he replied with an emphatic, ‘In all seriousness, I think so’.

Adding fuel to the fire have been comments from him earlier this month made during press conferences in support of the Dubai Tour.

When asked explicitly if he’d consider hanging up his cycling blocks for motorcycle leathers, he certainly didn’t dismiss the idea, ‘Anything is possible, you know… I will just look at my options for the short term and the long term and see what I do with my future’.

So that’s definitely not a no.

For cycling fans fearful that he might be closer than expected to making the jump, there’s probably not any immediate cause for panic. In the very same Esquire feature he also explicitly stated that he had a ‘fair few years‘ left in his professional career.

Could a cycling pro move over to motorcycles with any expectation of success? Multi-discipline racers aren’t unheard of. Rossi loves his car racing and Lewis Hamilton has always expressed an interest in a taking turn in MotoGP.

But that’s from a motor vehicle on short track racing onto another motor vehicle on a similar track. We’d imagine that the speeds and skills involved from pedal cycle to internal combustion engine are a little less transferable for any moral human.

But then Mark Cavendish isn’t your average human being and reports suggest that the times that he has spent on track have been pretty impressive.

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Indian electric Emflux claims 120mph, over 100 miles range for under £8,000



Photo: Emflux

Startup company put its first electric sportsbike concept on display, alongside some impressive claims.

The Emflux can hit 62 mph in 3 seconds and charges to over 80 percent in half an hour. Couple that with a range of around 115 miles and a top speed of 120 mph and you have an electric motorcycle to pique anyone’s interest. Throw in a claimed price of under £8000 and you get the room to take notice.

That’s what the Indian startup Emflux did this week at the 2018 Auto Expo in New Delhi.

The 25-strong company has completely developed the machinemachine i and the team have designed everything except for the brakes, suspension and tyres.

Featuring a steel-trellis frame and single-sided swingarm, the chassis of the machine certainly looks the part, and along with the 60kW motor and 9.7 kWh lithium-ion cell battery the entire package only weights 169 kgs.

Alongside the mechanics, the technology on-board features a built-in GPS system, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity – all alongside an NVIDIA Jetson TK1 core processor. That’s a mighty big brain to go alongside some mighty big claims from the startup firm.

The company say that they are planning to build 199 of the bikes for the local, Indian market, with another 300 for export.

Oh and if you want Ohlins suspension, forged alloy wheels and carbon-fibre bodywork, then the price will go up by another £10,000 or so.

With new companies coming out with interesting designs and ideas for new electrically powered motorcycles almost weekly now, surely it’s time for one of the major manufacturers to step in? Isn’t it?

Source: Emflux

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