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German riders go looking for trouble

German motorcyclists’ organization Biker Union has organized another successful bitumen rally. On a joint motorcycle tour of the Biker Union’s volunteers through the district of Ostalbkreis, problem areas for motorcyclists were photographed and documented. The problem areas were registered on the registration forms of the Institute for Two-wheeled Safety. A few

German motorcyclists join forces in Berlin

The highlight of this year's Biker Union rally, called the 'Sternfahrt' or star ride, took place at the Brandenburg Gate in the heart of Berlin's government district. The five-day motorcycle demonstrations of the Biker Union were launched throughout Germany under the motto 'Riding together, fighting together for our rights' and attracted

Acoustic cameras: do we want big brother to measure motorcycle sound?

New on our streets: ‘acoustic cameras’ or sound enforcement cameras, a combination of several microphones and a camera, designed to register and fine vehicles that produce excessive noise. When the sound equipment measures a sound level that is over the limit and recognizes the source (that’s why it has to have

Advanced training saves Greek motorcyclists cash

Greek riders can save a lot of money on insurance if the succesfully follow the advanced riding training provided by Greek motorcyclists' organization (and FEMA member) MOTOE. Motothesis, the Greek Institute of Motorcycles founded by Greek motorcyclists' organization MOTOE, is launching its partnership with insurance company Q Rep SA. Q Rep SA

Should we accept automated cars on the road?

Automated cars are coming, that’s for sure. But we should not allow them on our public roads as long as they are not safe for all road users, including motorcyclists. In this blog FEMA’s Dolf Willigers explains the impact automated cars will have on motorcycle safety and what FEMA is doing

‘While carmakers suffer, motorcycles are on a roll in Europe’

Even as European auto sales decline, increasing congestion and renewed interest in two-wheel transportation have helped boost deliveries of motorcycles. New car registrations in the European Union fell 3.1% in the first half of 2019, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association, while motorbike sales jumped 9.1% in the period, the

French research: ‘more bikes means less contamination’

For years the French motorcyclists' organization FFMC has been promoting the idea that increased motorcycle use means less traffic jams and less contamination. A report from the French National Agency for Food, Environment and Occupational Health and Safety scientifically confirms this position. It is now scientifically proven by ANSES: more powered

Electric scooters: threat to motorcycling or innocent fun?

No license, no registration, no insurance, no helmet: all you need to rent and ride an electric scooter is an app on your phone. FEMA's Wim Taal looks into why this could be a threat to motorcyclists. Especially in larger cities, a growing number of people are using personal light electric

Be prepared for electric bikes

'In about ten years it will probably not be possible to buy a motorcycle with an internal combustion engine in most, if not all, European countries.' FEMA’s Dolf Willigers explains. Recently I attended the European Union Sustainable Energy Week 2019 in Brussels. Three days of presentations and stands about how to

European Commission: ‘No Intelligent Speed Assistance for motorcycles’

On FEMA's request, the European Commission replied to the rumours of the introduction of speed limiters on motorcycles. After the news broke in April 2019 that ‘Europe’ wants overridable Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) for cars, we quickly noticed that a large part of the automotive and motorcycle press described the overridable

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