MAG Ireland - RoadRunner - August 2015
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In this issue you'll find more news on the electric motorcycle front as the only Irish motorcycle manufacturer gets closer to market. Elsewhere we bring you the latest Garda figures on phone using drivers and the sun sets on Northern Ireland's Right to Ride.

For our members, the Annual General Meeting takes place in Dunboyne on September 26th and will decide the future direction of the organisation.

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Annual General Meeting of MAG Ireland

All MAG Ireland members are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting in Dunboyne, Co. Meath on Saturday 26th September. The AGM is where the future shape and direction of MAG Ireland is decided by the members. There are a number of important decisions to be made on the day and we want to see as many members as possible participating in that process.


Mobile Phone Menace

It will probably come as no surprise to those of you using the roads every day but the latest figures from An Garda Siochana show that in the first five months of the 2015 more than 12,500 drivers were issued with fixed penalty notices for using a phone while driving. MAG Ireland applauds the efforts of the Gardai in tackling this lethal practice.


MAG Ireland at Heatwave Motorshow

Big thanks to everyone who stopped by our stand at the recent Heatwave Motorshow in Fairyhouse racecourse.

This was a new event for us and we'd like to extend our thanks to the organisers and our friends over at Matt and Peter were on hand to answer your questions on the day and we'd like to extend a special welcome to our new members :)

The show was packed with modified motors, rally cars and a fair smattering of motorbikes too!. 


SHARP adds new helmet ratings

SHARP - the Safety Helmet Assessment and Rating Programme - is a UK Department of Transport funded consumer information initiative which independently tests and rates motorcycle helmets.

If you're thinking of buying a lid you can check their online database to see how it stacks up in terms of features and performance.

SHARP has recently published safety ratings for the AGV K5 and AGV Compact taking to 361 the total number of helmets rated. Click the button for more info on the SHARP tests and check out their database before you buy,


New Harleys

Waterford Harley Davidson have been in touch to advise us of some upcoming events including the launch of the 2016 model range.

First up on 5th September it's the Harley Owners Group (HOG) Celtic Thunder Chapter 10th Birthday Bash.

Then on 18-20th September the all new dark custom bikes take to the road.

Finally, the launch of the new 2016 model range is taking place on September 26th/27th.



Ford speed limiter cuts fuel

We were sent an interesting link recently. Back in March, Ford announced a new intelligent speed limiter system which reads traffic signs and reduces fuel flow to keep your vehicle within the speed limit.

No, we're not making this up. It's being billed as "an end to speeding tickets". The system monitors road signs with a camera mounted on the windscreen, then slows the vehicle as required. Drivers can override the system, but only temporarily it seems.


UK effort to reduce road signage

According to the Guardian a UK taskforce has been set up to tackle the blight of roadsigns, the number of which has doubled in the past 20 years.


N.Irl's Right to Ride closes

We are saddened to report that Northern Ireland based “Right to Ride” has recently announced that they are to cease rider representative activities forthwith. 

Founded in 2009 and run by Trevor Baird and Dr. Elaine Hardy, Right to Ride was an effective conduit for information on issues affecting anyone on two (or three) wheels in Northern Ireland and an excellent source of informative content on EU issues pertaining to biking.



We at MAG Ireland have had the pleasure of working with both Trevor and Elaine over the years and indeed Trevor has also been a capable and articulate representative for us, representing MAG Ireland both at FEMA and in the European Motorcyclists’ Forum. 


Forth bridge to remain open for Learners 

In a major victory for common sense (and motorcycling) learner riders can continue to use the Forth bridge. 

Officials in Transport Scotland have confirmed a change to planned regulations, in order to allow learner riders to continue using the existing Forth Road Bridge, even after the new road crossing opens in 2016.  


The meeting, attended on MAG’s behalf by Scottish Representative Steve Wykes and MAG’s Comms & Public Affairs Director, Lembit Öpik, was the culmination of a nine month campaign to highlight the problems with closing access to the old bridge to learner riders on bikes of up to 125cc.

Since the new crossing is a designated motorway, the ban on the old crossing would have forced these learners to make an additional 60 mile return journey.  The change of heart means a saving of two hours a day for those originally faced with the detour.


Combined helmetcam and comms

We don't usually cover gadgetry but as one of the committee uses a Sena device regularly this one caught our attention.

the blurb..



The 10C is the world’s first look at a fully integrated Bluetooth helmet communication system and HD camera rolled into one powerful device. It’s capable of full HD video (1080p:30fps and 720p:30/60fps) with 3.5 MP still shot image capture and shot, burst and time-lapse photo modes. 


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