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May 2015


Updates on Ride to Work Day on June 15th, an RSA consultation and a host of international news.

If you’re planning a motorcycle related event in Ireland in 2015, let us know by sending details to and we'll add it to the Irish Motorcycle Events Calendar for free.

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Aidan Lynam R.I.P.

Aidan Lynam

It was with deep sadness that we learned of the tragic death of Aidan Lynam during the recent Rev-Up4DSI event. Much has been written about Aidan's extraordinary generosity and his tireless work on behalf of Down Syndrome Ireland. He was a shining example of everything that is positive about motorcycling and his untimely death has robbed us of one of our brightest and best. We extend our sincere condolences to his family, his colleagues in DSI and his many friends. May he rest in peace.


National Ride to Work Day 2015

National Ride to Work Day

Monday, June 15th 2015 is National Ride to Work day. The idea is simple, get on your bike and ride to work, school/college, or simply meet up with a few like-minded souls for breakfast or a coffee.

All the information you need is now live at whether you're a participant, an employer or a member of the bike trade. MAG Ireland in association with Bike Buyers Guide is calling on riders, dealers and employers alike to help support this initiative.

Join us on facebook at facebook.coom/ or follow @ridetowork_eu on twitter to keep an eye on proceedings as they develop.

There are over 50,000 registered motorcycles in Ireland. By taking part in Ride to Work Day, you’re not only going to enjoy your commute, you’ll be doing your bit to help promote motorcycling as a fun, positive, safe and efficient way to travel for work or leisure.

Being out of the country is no excuse, this event occurs all over Europe!

For Poland: See


Read MAG Ireland in Bike Buyers Guide

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This month's Bike Buyers Guide is a reflective issue following the tragic death of long standing contributor Aidan Lynam.

Aidan's last review, a tyre test from Portugal as well as his race report from Cookstown feature among the many tributes from his fellow contributors including MAG Ireland.

The June issue also features the first review of the BMW R1200RS from the world launch day as well a the new all-electric Volt 220 which is built right here in Ireland.

Grab your copy in good newsagents now for just €4.99.


MAG Ireland to host major FEMA meeting

MAG Ireland to hold major FEMA meeting

The weekend of 5th-7th June will see riders representatives from across Europe and Scandinavia gather in Lexlip, Co. Kildare for a key meeting of FEMA - The Federation of European Motorcyclists' Associations.

MAG Ireland will act as hosts for the first time in over twenty years and delegates will discuss a coordinated response to the latest moves in the EU which affect motorcycling.


Public consultation on compulsory Emergency packs

Should motorcyclists be required to carry emergency packs (such as a first aid kit) in case of accidents ? The RSA are doing a public consultation on whether cars should carry these packs. Let us know what you think.


Electric Motorcycle subsidy in the UK.

Unfortunately the government giving the subsidy is that of the United Kingdom and the motorcycles need to be electric. Still it's a step in the right direction.

"This is a significant development as it recognizes the part motorcycles and scooters can play in a low carbon future," says Steve Kenward, CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA). "The subsidy will encourage more people to opt for electric motorcycles and scooters, which will help solve the UK’s appalling congestion problem. Economically, it will provide a much needed boost to this sector of the automotive industry. We hope this will result in increased investment in UK research and development for electric powered two wheel vehicles. We also hope it will give manufacturers who already have electric models for sale in mainland Europe the confidence to launch in the UK."


Motorcycle ownership levels

More than eight-in-ten in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia own a scooter. This and other interesting stats in a recent article from Pew Research Centre


Replacing car parking in Melbourne (with motorcycle parking)

Motorcycles and scooters will be given preferential treatment over cars and trucks in Melbourne's inner city, as part of a bold plan to reduce traffic and parking congestion by getting more commuters to take up motorcycling.

Melbourne City Council is set to expand motorcycle parking across the municipality, at the same time as competition for these spaces, and the city's footpaths, heats up.

Paid car parking could be replaced with free scooter spaces, while the council will also try to force developers of new apartment and office towers to create more motorcycle parking and supply lockers for protective clothing.



Help to protect motorcycling - Join Us

MAG Ireland

MAG Ireland represents Irish riders and is funded by Irish riders but we can only do what we do thanks to the financial support of our members subscriptions.

It now costs just €20 for a years membership, that’s less than 6 cent per day.

Not only that but we aim to save you the cost of your membership many times over via our exclusive vouchers and our group discount scheme. To get your member-only discounts see:

You can easily recoup the cost of membership with great discounts like 10% off at all Halfords stores. 

If you can’t stretch to a membership subscription but you’d still like to help, just click the donate link on the menu at and give whatever you can.


Member only discount scheme

Short Break Discounts

Get away from it all this Summer with short breaks at bargain prices in a range of three and four star hotels nationwide.

No need to collect points or loyalty tokens to avail of these deals!  As a MAG Ireland member, you can enjoy hotel breaks throughout the country at fixed price points: €39 pps, €49 pps, €89 pps! All you need to do is find the offer you want and book. It's that simple.

€39 pps - Bed & Breakfast
€49 pps - Dinner - Bed & Breakfast
€89 pps - 2 nights Bed & Breakfast & 1 evening meal

These are just some of the deals available to you right now as a member of MAG Ireland. See how much you could save today.



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Help Needed

MAG Ireland is interested in hearing from riders with relevant expertise to assist the effort.

  • Civil/Roads Engineers for barrier and parking issues
  • Accountancy Professionals
  • Journalist/copywriter
  • Researchers:

Help Offered

We are interested in hearing from riders with a specific issue or campaign which they are pursuing at an individual or local level.

We're currently following up a number of parking issues for example. Let us know what's happening in your locality.


Bike Buyers Guide

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