Show of strength

Show of strength

Show of strength

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MORE than 320 motorcycle enthusiasts from the Basingstoke area took part in a rolling protest run along the M3 last Sunday.

Riding at between 45mph and 48mph they travelled from Fleet Services south to Winchester Services and were accompanied by police motorcyclists.

The event, organised by lobbying organisation the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG), was designed to highlight proposed EU legislation which, if implemented, could have a serious impact on riders’ freedoms, the organisers claim.

The ride-out was part of a nationwide series of similar protests, which saw an estimated 40,000 riders, including some MPs, set off simultaneously at 1pm from meeting points across the UK.

While the Basingstoke Group was on the M3, another group of more than 350 riders from Salisbury MAG rode up the A303 from Amesbury to Popham Services, while Winchester and Southampton MAG branches were scheduled to take similar action.

The Basingstoke convoy used only two lanes of the motorway (and only one lane south of Junction 8) so as not to inconvenience other road users, explained Basing-stoke MAG Rep Keith Lovelock. “The police were very helpful and told me they were very pleased with how the event progressed,” he said.

The protest aimed to highlight a raft of new measures proposed or being discussed by the EU, which would have a dramatic effect on motorcycling throughout Europe. These include compulsory ABS, mandatory ‘anti-tamper’ devices, which would severely restrict the ability of owners to service or modify their own machines, and random road-side checks on motorcycles – but not other vehicles.

For further details about the campaign visit mag-uk.org.

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3:17pm Thu 29 Sep 11

W Wallace says...

So bikes travelling at 45-48mph only using two lanes of the M3 isn't an inconvenience. I would beg to differ, surely this forces those individuals whom prefer to drive at 55-60mph onto the outside lane slowing the progress of those who are legally entitled to travel at 70mph.
So bikes travelling at 45-48mph only using two lanes of the M3 isn't an inconvenience. I would beg to differ, surely this forces those individuals whom prefer to drive at 55-60mph onto the outside lane slowing the progress of those who are legally entitled to travel at 70mph. W Wallace
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11:46pm Thu 29 Sep 11

Codfather says...

Tough if it inconveniences a few if people stage a lewgitimate protest. Freedoms were won by people standing up for what they believe in, not the whingers who complain.

Some years ago, duringthe junior doctors strikes, I entered a hospital with an eye injury just as the junior doctors were walking out! The inconvenience was worth it to get the subsequent improvements in hospital procedures.
Tough if it inconveniences a few if people stage a lewgitimate protest. Freedoms were won by people standing up for what they believe in, not the whingers who complain. Some years ago, duringthe junior doctors strikes, I entered a hospital with an eye injury just as the junior doctors were walking out! The inconvenience was worth it to get the subsequent improvements in hospital procedures. Codfather
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3:05pm Fri 30 Sep 11

robertspet8 says...

W Wallace wrote:
So bikes travelling at 45-48mph only using two lanes of the M3 isn't an inconvenience. I would beg to differ, surely this forces those individuals whom prefer to drive at 55-60mph onto the outside lane slowing the progress of those who are legally entitled to travel at 70mph.
Nobody was forced to change lanes - they could stay behind the convoy in the inside lane and drive at 45-48mph if they were so concerned about slowing down other traffic.
I seem to find myself in a queue in the outside overtaking lane all the time now because of people doing 55-60mph in the middle overtaking lane.
[quote][p][bold]W Wallace[/bold] wrote: So bikes travelling at 45-48mph only using two lanes of the M3 isn't an inconvenience. I would beg to differ, surely this forces those individuals whom prefer to drive at 55-60mph onto the outside lane slowing the progress of those who are legally entitled to travel at 70mph.[/p][/quote]Nobody was forced to change lanes - they could stay behind the convoy in the inside lane and drive at 45-48mph if they were so concerned about slowing down other traffic. I seem to find myself in a queue in the outside overtaking lane all the time now because of people doing 55-60mph in the middle overtaking lane. robertspet8
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4:38pm Sun 9 Oct 11

a_different_corner says...

I don't get motorcyclists. They moan that people are not careful and they don't see them - so they tell them they are going to have to wear a high-vis and they jump up and down like monkeys. Weirdos!

Still, we will always need organ donors, so let em' please themselves.
I don't get motorcyclists. They moan that people are not careful and they don't see them - so they tell them they are going to have to wear a high-vis and they jump up and down like monkeys. Weirdos! Still, we will always need organ donors, so let em' please themselves. a_different_corner
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