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Many of these opinion pieces are reproduced with the kind permission of Motor Cycle News

Motorcycle Theft

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One of my first ever jobs as a fledgling bike journalist was attending a presentation at the then-importer of Yamaha, Mitsui. This was 1992 and it was about Mitsui's new bike marking system called Datatag, which was, we were told, going to have a major effect on the endemic bike theft problem.

Racing is money wasted

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It`s time for the motorcycle industry to have a serious think about its priorities, because they're looking bizarrely skewed right now.

Awful Industry Viral

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Viral videos usually work because they're shocking, funny, very witty or show something unusual or dramatic happening. It has to be enough to get whoever sees one to forward a link to friends and connections, who hopefully do the same.

Why stricter drink drive laws are wrong

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The news is that the Scottish government is to lower the drink-drive limit as a priority, bringing forward plans to introduce a 50mg limit in place of the current UK-wide 80mg limit.

Comment: ABS

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Motorcycle riders as a group are much more resistant to anti-lock braking systems than car drivers, which can seem odd when you consider that a locked wheel on a car generally means a bit of tyre screech, where on a bike it usually means you fall off.

Comment: Suzuki's Image Problem

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The recent news that Suzuki is closing down a third of its UK dealer network had an air of inevitability about it, following the collapse in the company`s sales here in the last few years.

Close Encounters

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Every now and then, the planets line up perfectly.