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Scooters Are The Answer To Congestion. Fact.

Scooter riders are reducing congestion times and making the world a better place. Ok that last part may be a bit of an exaggeration but the first part is true.

This is according to studies undertaken by researchers investigating the impact motorcycles and scooters have on congestion. Research Company Transport and Mobility, Leuven, wanted to measure the traffic flow as well as air quality on a stretch of busy road predominantly used by commuters and see how two wheels as opposed to four benefitted commuters and the environment alike.

The team placed sensors along the route and measured traffic flow every 5 minutes, mapping a typical rush hour pattern along the way and using the information as the benchmark for the study. Coupling analysis software with data obtained from the Federal Planning Bureau the team were able to simulate traffic flows whilst checking their simulation results against actual figures.

By adjusting the percentages of different types of vehicles i.e. cars vs. scooters during rush hour, some very interesting results were found.

A 10% shift from car to motorcycle resulted in a serious reduction in traffic queues that would see driving conditions return to ‘normal’ – proving that scooter riders were saving everyone time. The results showed that if just 1 in 10 drivers changed to two wheels the reduction in travel time would reach as much as 63%.

Perhaps more interesting is when the researchers found that a switch of 25% from cars to scooters/motorbikes would annihilate congestion completely.

Scooter riders rejoice! You’re doing everyone a favour by reducing congestion and that’s a fact!!

With regards to emissions, scooter and motorbike riders were doing their part for the environment by choosing two wheels as emissions costs were 21% lower than that of a car. Researchers also found that when 10% of the traffic was made up of scooters and motorbikes, emissions were reduced by 6% which came down to smoother traffic flow and greater average speeds.

In conclusion, when as little as 1 in 10 commuters switch to scooters or motorbikes from a car, everyone saves at least 60% in travel time and plays their part in helping the environment by reducing emissions by 6%. Couple that with the huge savings on fuel, insurance, parking and running costs, and people are set to save thousands of pounds per year.

In the UK alone over 80% of commuter traffic is single occupancy, which means millions of people travel alone to work. Of course car-pooling helps reduce emissions and traffic congestion, but facts are facts – travelling by scooter or motorbike is a sure-fire way to get to work quicker and save everyone else time.

So next time you’re watching a scooter cruise past you in a traffic jam, applaud that person for helping you reduce your travel time. Or why not take the plunge and make the switch to a moped or scooter yourself?

With a variety of fantastic scooters and motorbikes available from Kymco, with a range of finance and insurance options, commuting to work has never been more cost effective, or fun! With many scooters averaging over 100 miles per gallon, £6 can get you to work and back for a whole week.

You only need a CBT and most drivers can ride a scooter on a regular drivers licence, so making the switch couldn’t be easier.
So visit www.kymco.co.uk and take a look at the great range of scooters & motorbikes available today.

Contact Details: Kymco
Unit 43 Atcham Business Park,
Upton Magna,
Shrewsbury,
United Kingdom, SY4 4UG

General Enquiries 01743 761107

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Tokyo’s Terra Motors decided the world’s first mass production of Electric 3-wheelers in Asia

Terra Motors decided the world’s first mass production of Electric 3-wheelers which can be charged by AC power. Terra Motors’ prototype is completed this April, and they plan to produce 10,000 sets of electric 3-wheelers in 2013.

In Asian countries, 3-wheeler market has expanded rapidly, because it is cheap and freight is large, compare to cars. For example, in India, the number of three-wheelers is increasing twice by these five-years. And the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh also shows the same transition.

It is thought that electric-ization of the three-wheel taxi in Asia progresses rapidly, because of aggravation of air pollution, the high price and constant shortage of gasoline. For example, in India, gasoline cost has increased also 2.5 times by these ten-years, so the demand to the cut in fuel consumption by electric-izing is serious. By replacing a three-wheel taxi to electric one, the annual income of taxi driver can be raised by about 3 times.

They plan to establish branch office in India in this summer, and aim at world top share acquisition in 2014.

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Sorrymate.com Sponsors Bike Racers’ Leading ‘Survival Of The Fittest’ Series

Leading motorbike accident claims specialist firm Sorrymate.com is continuing its backing of British biking, by sponsoring the nation’s biggest motorcycle endurance racing series.

The Hottrax Endurance Series is the UK’s only domestic endurance racing championship, and sees riders compete over eight thrill-packed weekends in a series of three-hour endurance races.

Honours are awarded at each weekend’s event in three categories – national, clubman and rookie – and the chance for club-attached riders to test the staying power of themselves and their bikes around some of the UK’s best-known racing circuits.

Sorrymate’s Paul Dutton said that, apart from being a great opportunity for the company to earn valuable exposure at these huge weekend gatherings of bike fans, its sponsorship also underlined the bikers’ accident claim handling firm’s commitment to showing that biking brings together a wide range of people, all of whom appreciate the community spirit that the hobby and the sport engender.

“Here at Sorrymate.com, we’re all enthusiastic, committed bikers, who set out to understand not just the risks faced by riders, but also the enjoyment and thrills they can get out of their pastime,” said Paul Dutton.

“That’s why we get involved with events such as the Hottrax Endurance Series, because it produces great, competitive racing in an atmosphere the whole family comes out to enjoy.”

Paul added: “That philosophy of enjoying biking without having to worry about what to do in the event of an accident is how we came to develop our unique ‘Smidsy’ card, which offers bikers handy and practical tips to help them in the event of an accident while they are out riding.

“The freedom and enjoyment of biking is something legions of people love to experience, but we felt that bikers, whatever their level of experience, needed to know what they should do if they ever become involved in a mishap,” Paul added.

The Hotttrax Endurance Series showcases bike racing at a highly professional level, involving riders who have the confidence in their own and their machine’s ability to compete in a demanding series of races.

See these testing events at the following circuits during the rest of 2012: Snetterton, Anglesey International, Oulton Park, Cadwell Park, and Donington Park. Visit www.hottrax-motorsport.co.uk to see the full programme.

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Sorrymate.com Starts Search For Legal Eagle On Two-Wheels

The UK’s leading firm of personal injury solicitors specialising in motorbike accidents has launched a search to find a new biking enthusiast as it looks to expand its legal team.

Demand for the services offered by Warrington-based Sorrymate.com has increased considerably over recent months and the company is now ready to bring on board a new fully-qualified solicitor, with expertise in personal injury claims, to help the company grow further.

Sorrymate.com offers assistance to motorcyclists from across the UK following road accidents, whether they are cause by drivers not paying attention or dangerous pot holes. The firm is now looking for a legal professional, who loves nothing better than being on two wheels, to help make sure fellow bikers get the easiest possible ride if they’ve been unlucky enough to have an accident.

Paul Dutton at Sorrymate.com said: “Unfortunately there is nothing the team at Sorrymate.com can do to prevent accidents from happening in the first place, but when it comes to handling claims, we’re the experts.

“We are all passionate about motorbikes and thanks to increasing demand for our services we’re looking for a fellow biker to come and join the team. By providing our customers with access to fully-qualified solicitors who are also biking enthusiasts means we can offer a complete service – sound legal advice provided by someone who knows what it is like to ride a motorcycle. We’re asking anyone who thinks they’ve got something special to add to our team to get in touch.”

Sorrymate.com has grown into one of the UK’s most recognised brands thanks to its sponsorship of a British Superbike team, radio campaigns and appearances at major biking events including this month’s MCN Motorcycle Show, and last November’s Motorcycle Live 2011 show at the NEC in Birmingham. The Sorrymate.com team is also due to attend the London International Classic & Custom Show being held on February 25 and 26 at Alexandra Palace.

If you’re a suitably qualified professional with a passion for motorbikes, then get in touch with the team at Sorrymate.com now by emailing details to paul@sorrymate.com.

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Win tickets to BSB!

‘Ace’ bike to be subject of unique Sorrymate.com competition at ‘greatest bike show on earth’

Already excited about greeting lots of old and new bike fan friends at the forthcoming Motorcycle News show in London, the team at motorbike accident claims specialist www.Sorrymate.com are even more thrilled to announce a rather special centrepiece on their stand.

Thanks to their good friends at the legendary Ace Cafe London, their stand at the ExCeL arena will feature the Ace 675CR Street Triple Special that is usually displayed at the cafe. Built by Jack Lilley Ltd, West London’s renowned and long established Triumph dealer in collaboration with Ace Cafe London’s Stonebridge Motor Company, the bike is a Limited Edition series of 10 individually numbered machines. Courtesy of Ace Cafe London, they’ll be running a ‘guess the mileage of the tyre’ competition involving a tyre on this machine.

Up for grabs will be two tickets to a British superbikes 2012 event of the winner’s choice.

Sorrymate.com’s Paul Dutton explained that the competition has been made possible thanks to the great working relationship the bike crash accident claim specialist has with the cafe.

“We have a sponsorship deal with Ace Cafe London, and as a result of this, we feel very privileged that they have loaned us the Ace 675CR Triumph bike, which will certainly help visitors to the Motorcycle News show find our stand,” he said.

In preparation for its’ appearance at the show, the bike has been fitted with a rear tyre from Ace Cafe London Managing Director Mark Wilsmore’s regular bike, a Triumph Speed Triple 1050, which he uses to commute to work every day – and this is the tyre which will be the subject of the competition.

The lucky entrant who gets closest to guessing the tyre’s exact mileage will win Sorrymate.com’s prestigious Superbikes tickets prize.

Said Paul Dutton: “The Ace Cafe is a legend among bike and car fans, not just across London, but the whole of the UK, and we hope that the Ace bike – along with the friendly welcome we can assure all visitors – will attract lots of people to our stand over this weekend.”

The Ace Cafe London Street Triple Special can be found on stand N320 at the Motorcycle Live show, taking place from 10am to 5pm on Thursday and Friday, February 2 and 3, and between 9am and 6pm on Saturday and Sunday, February 4 and 5.

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Come and see the team from Sorrymate.com at this week’s Motorcycle News show in London, and grab your free SMIDSY card

The keen bikers from motorcycle accident claims specialist Sorrymate.com are hitting the road again this week, taking a stand at the big Motorcycle News show at London’s ExCeL arena.

“The greatest bike show on earth” will feature the hottest new bikes of 2012, and promises massive savings on all sorts of bike kit and accessories.

But one of the hottest tickets in town will be the dinky SMIDSY cards which the Sorrymate.com people will be handing out, explaining how bikers can take advantage of free legal expenses cover in the event of them having to make an insurance claim for an accident which wasn’t their fault.

All keen bikers themselves, the people from Sorrymate.com make up a team of specialist solicitors who every year advise many motorcyclists who have been involved in a non-fault accident.

Paul Dutton from Sorrymate.com explained that the firm has a stand at all the major bike shows across the UK, and over the past year has handed out thousands of SMIDSY– an acronym for “Sorry mate, I didn’t see you” – cards detailing the services he and his colleagues offer.

This includes understanding and professional handling of all motorbike accident compensation claims, when a rider has been involved in an accident which isn’t their fault.

“We love the excitement of the big shows such as Motorcycle News Live, but we also realise that, away from all the high-revving action, when bikers are out on the road, they encounter risks on the road, day in, day out,” said Paul.

“We want them to know that, if they ever need to make a motorcycle accident claim, we offer them free advice to make the process as smooth and hassle-free as possible.

“As bikers ourselves, we get just as much excitement from being at these shows as they do,” he added. “But on their way home, or just while they’re riding around, they could be the victim of an accident which isn’t their fault.

“Besides the physical injuries they might have to deal with, we want to show them that they don’t have to worry about getting advice and recompense for the damage to their bikes and any loss of income that might result.

“All they need to do is enlist our help, and we’ll make sure they know what help they’re entitled to – including the right to appoint a solicitor of their choice to handle their case.”

Sorrymate.com’s ‘smidsy’ card holders know that, if they need to make a claim, their case won’t be sold on to just any other company, but will be handled by experts.

So grab a bit of this little peace of mind by visiting the Sorrymate.com team on stand N320 at the Motorcycle Live show, taking place from 10am to 5pm on Thursday and Friday, February 2 and 3, and between 9am and 6pm on Saturday and Sunday, February 4 and 5.

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The Waiting’s Nearly Over For The Winner of Superbikes Tickets…

The waiting’s nearly over for the winner of Superbikes tickets in Sorrymate.com’s massively successful Motorcycle Live show draw.

The lucky winner of tickets to a round of next year’s British Superbikes Championship in a competition held by motorbike accident claims specialist Sorrymate.com at Motorcycle Live to will be announced next week.

Sorrymate.com managing director Fergus Dalgarno will draw the name of the winner, picked from among those who used their skill to guess the mileage on a rear motorcycle tyre which was a feature of the company’s stand at the NEC show last week.

The entrant whose guess was the closest to the actual figure on each day of the show went forward into the final draw. More than 3,000 entries were made over the show’s nine days, in what Sorrymate.com’s Paul Dutton said was “possibly the best event we have exhibited at for quite some time.”

He added: “We were really pleased to see the biking public getting right behind our stance of supporting them, by making them aware of their right to appoint their own solicitor in the event of a non-fault accident.”

Several thousand Sorrymate.com ‘SMIDSY’ cards – based on the acronym ‘Sorry mate I didn’t see you’, from which the company gets its name – were also given away. Paul added: “We were even more taken aback by the incredibly positive reactions we had to these cards, which are designed as a simple way of making bikers aware of how they can best help and protect themselves in the event of an accident that is not their fault.

“It’s just one example of how we at Sorrymate.com are continually striving to educate the biking community about their rights and entitlements, with such initiatives as our ‘SMIDSY’ cards, which give a quick advice checklist for anyone involved in an accident.”

In the coming months, the Sorrymate.com team will be hitting the road, visiting bike clubs to give talks about their specially-tailored advice and legal representation services for the biking community.

“If anyone would like us to come along to their club or meeting place, just contact me at paul@sorrymate.com,” Paul concluded.

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100 MPG+ During Your Commute When You Switch To a Motorcycle

Budget conscious motorists could be missing one of the biggest savings available on daily travel – Motorcycles! Did you know that small motorbikes and scooters can achieve well over 100 miles per gallon? How does that compare with your car?

Look around during your commute and you will notice that most cars have one occupant. That is a lot of spare space and metal to drag around and means they are simply burning money as fuel.

Learning to ride is not as difficult as you might think either; a one-day CBT test is all that is required for smaller motorcycles and scooters. Even if you can’t see yourself as a motorcyclist, then you will still gain vital road knowledge from the perspective of people on two wheels.

Switching from a medium sized car to a 125cc motorbike will net you savings on fuel, tax and insurance and in many cases will cover the cost of a brand new motorbike in the first year.

Combine all of the monetary advantages with the fact that motorcycles are great fun and can cut right through the traffic and they offer a solution to modern traffic problems that cannot be ignored.

http://www.cbt-test-training.info gives people looking to take their first steps in to the world of motorcycling all the information required from the moment they learn to ride a motorbike right through to taking the CBT or bike test.

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DiMora Motorcycles at George Barris Culver City Car Show

DiMora Custom Bikes will have three distinctive motorcycles on display at the Seventh Annual Culver City Car Show on Saturday, May 8, with “Criminal Minds” star Joe Mantegna as the Grand Marshal. Over 400 classic cars and hot rods will compete for prizes in many categories.

DiMora Motorcycles at George Barris Culver City Car Show

The theme of the show is “Cruisin’ Back to the 50’s”. Having built cars for movies and TV since that decade—such as the Batmobile and the Munsters’ Koach—George Barris, the King of Kustomizers, will be on hand with some of his famous creations. In addition to his motorcycles, Alfred DiMora will also be showing a custom car produced for Hollywood by DiMora Motorcar, the JX Coupe.

Barris was pleased to learn that DiMora would be participating in the show. “I’ve known Alfred DiMora since he was building those classic Clenet and Sceptre cars in the 1970s. His new motorcycles prove he has a great sense of style and design. That ZTango is a beautiful bike.”

Legendary actor Bo Hopkins, star of “American Graffiti”, “The Wild Bunch”, “Dynasty”, and countless other movies and TV shows, will be on hand at the DiMora exhibit to sign autographs, have pictures taken with fans, and enjoy the day’s activities. The fun begins at 9:00 AM Saturday, May 8, on Culver Blvd. and Washington Blvd., between Duquesne Ave. and Ince Blvd., in Culver City, California.

About DiMora Custom Bikes
Based in Palm Springs, California, DiMora Custom Bikes takes the passion for technological innovation and uncompromising quality that is the hallmark of the DiMora Motorcar Natalia SLS 2 sport luxury sedan and brings it to motorcycles that are available worldwide through the growing DiMora dealer network.

Please visit www.dimoracustombikes.comwww.dimoramotorcar.com, or
www.culvercitycarshow.com.

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The Cheapest Motorbike Insurance For The 2009 Superbikes

As regular as clockwork, the sunny months return and the major motorbike manufacturers launch their new models. As each progresses in the engineering stakes, the performance differences become marginal. It therefore leaves riders with personal preference and cost as their key decision making tools. So how does the new crop of litre superbikes rank in terms of motorbike insurance premiums?

How The Litre Motorbikes Rank

With a consistent customer profile, the average motorbike insurance quotes from the UK market have ranked the 2009 motorbikes as follows:

Bike Make and Model (% difference compared to the top ranked bike)

  • MV Augusta F4 1000 R
  • Suzuki GSXR 1000 K9 (+5%)
  • Honda CBR 1000 RR Fireblade (+10%)
  • Yamaha YZF-R1 (+10%)
  • Aprilia RSV R Mille (+10%)
  • Kawaksaki ZX10R (+20%)
  • Ducati 1098 (+100%)
  • Benelli Tornado TRE 1130 (+110%)

All motorbike insurance quotes are directly linked to the risk and the potential cost of a claim. So the key factors which define each superbike insurance quote are; the chances of a claim being made (risk of theft or accident) and the potential cost (cost of the bike itself, the average cost of parts for repair and so on).

These factors shine through in the rankings! The European manufacturers are reknowned for more expensive parts, higher dealership costs and poorer reliability. They’re also more rare and very desireable for thieves. It appears the Ducati and Benelli can’t hide from these factors in their insurance costs.

Perhaps the surprise entity is the MV Augusta – possibly due to the lower sales volumes and perhaps a more “enthusiast” ownership group. The main Japanese models – the GSXR, CBR and R1 – are relatively similar for insurance costs. But the ZX10R appears a poorer cousin in the insurance stakes – perhaps paying for the slightly “nuttier” characteristic of the older models.

The interesting thing to look out for is what sort of discount (potentially based on less claims over a period of time) the motorbike insurance companies may apply to the Honda CBR 1000 RR with their new ABS system as opposed to the same model without it. The journalist reviews of the ABS system have been very positive and it is even rumoured to become compulsory on all Honda sports bikes within a matter of years.

About Insurancewide

Insurancewide, also known as Insurancewide.com Services Limited, is an online insurance comparison website offering insurance comparison tools that allow users to search the market and procure the best insurance policies and quotes. Insurancewide was launched in August 1999 as the first insurance comparison website on the internet.

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DragonFire Racing Takes Over Round 3 and 4 in Lucas Off Road Racing Series

DragonFire Racing, a leader in custom performance racing vehicles, accessories and custom racing performance parts, today announced that its team took top finishing positions at the Lucas Offroad Racing series in Surprise Arizona earlier this month. Saturday started with Jerry Welchel winning Unlimited 2, Todd Romano taking third in Unlimited UTV and Hans Waage taking first in Limited UTV on Sunday.

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“It was some amazing racing and thanks go out to my staff and friends for making it all happen ,” said Todd Romano, spokesperson for DragonFire Racing. “We are in a great position to take three different point championships and are excited with the progress the team is making. The weekend would not have been a success without the help of our sponsors: Team Green Kawasaki, FOX Racing, ITP Wheels and Tires and Gear One.”

The Lucas Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) combines the traditions of midwest, short course off road racing with a West Coast influence. LOORRS brings intense side-by-side action on tracks that test the most seasoned racers. The 2009 LOORRS season features tracks in Lake Elsinore, Calif., Primm, Nev. And Surprise, Ariz.

DragonFire Racing is an industry leader in the performance racing field and a one stop shop for fabrication, paint, performance and protection for stock and custom ATV, Side-by-Side and other off road racing vehicles. In addition to the Yamaha Rhino parts, racers can find a wide selection of ATV exhausts and side-by-side parts, for all major brands including the Polaris Razer, Kawasaki Teryx, Arctic Cat Prowler and Honda Big Red parts.

With a 10,000 square foot corporate facility and newly opened retail facilities in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. and San Diego, Calif., DragonFire Racing has grown to be a reliable and preferred solution for outdoor racing enthusiasts. For more information on the Yamaha Rhino 700 EFI or DragonFire Racing, please visit http://www.DragonFireRacing.com.

About DragonFire Racing
DragonFire Racing is a leader in custom racing performance parts and accessories for Yamaha Rhinos Performance, Sand Rails, Pre-Runners, Arctic Cat Prowlers, Polaris Rangers, Kawasaki TeryxSide X Side parts, ATVs with headquarters in Mesa, Arizona. Focused on building performance accessories and turnkey race vehicles, DragonFire Racing delivers high performance parts and vehicles to customers and dealers worldwide. DragonFire Racing has franchises in California and Arizona. For more information, please visit the company’s website at http://www.DragonFireRacing.com.

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Motorsport Aftermarket Group, Inc. Is Pleased To Announce Its Acquisition Of Dragonfire Racing, A Leading Supplier Of Aftermarket Racing Parts And Performance Parts For ATVs And UTVs

MAG, a group of businesses that design, build and sell Street and Off-Road motorsport products expands their off-road market with DragonFire Racing launching into the attractive UTV segment

Brian Etter, President and CEO of MAG said, “We are excited to continue our expansion into the Off-Road market with the addition of DragonFire Racing. DragonFire Racing, with its comprehensive line of performance parts and accessories, launches us into the attractive UTV segment. We are confident that Todd Romano and his team will continue to deliver quality products and services for our combined company.”

Todd Romano, President of DragonFire Racing said, “DragonFire Racing is recognized as an industry leader in performance parts and accessories for Side-by-Side UTVs, Desert Race Cars, Pre-Runners and ATVs. I am looking forward to working with the design, engineering, manufacturing and financial resources that MAG brings to our business. Our growth and success have come from the ability to consistently bring exciting new products to market. Our OE Partnerships, Direct to Dealers and Distribution Channels will see growth from our current product offering, as well as expansion to Street, Mud, Hunt and introduction of the DragonFire SXS. In addition to being great for growing our business, it also opens up new opportunities to our talented and dedicated employees.”

About MAG
MAG is a group of businesses that design, build and sell products for Street and Off-Road motorsport markets. The MAG family of companies includes Renthal, Vance & Hines, Kuryakyn, Mustang Motorcycle Products, Performance Machine, Forge-Tec Motorcycle Wheels, Progressive Suspension, MAG Europe, and J&P Cycles. Visit them atwww.maggroup.com and www.dragonfireracing.com.

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