The Week That Was

RTRbnewlogosquareroundpngRight To Ride’s snippets from, the week that was, commencing 21st January.

From the European front, on Saturday 19th January, new rules for motorcycle licences and other road users kicked in.

Details of these new rules, which includes different motorcycle licence categories for learner riders can be read on Right To Ride – Click Here

Road Worthiness Testing (RWT) proposals were discussed in a public hearing in Brussels at the Transport and Tourism (TRAN) Committee on Tuesday 22nd January. With the position of the European Council that RWT for motorcycles should not be included in mandatory testing across Europe, the European Commission arguing that their proposal should and the TRAN Committee of MEPs making their minds up but leaning towards the inclusion of the form of transport. Interesting times, waiting to find out whether those member states that do not have RWT will finally get it and how this would affect us that already have RWT – MoT.

Motorcycles and scooters and mopeds continue to be included in gaining access to Bus Lanes, which for Belfast is through the road traffic transportation development of “Belfast On The Move”.


Staying in Belfast the Adelaide Motorcycle Festival is heating up for the weekend of 8th February to 10th February, with opening times, on the Friday (8 Feb.) the Show will open at 2pm and run until 10pm. The opening times for Saturday and Sunday are 10am to 5pm on both days.

Festival organiser Billy Nutt has announced the admission: Adults £10 / €10, OAP £5 / €5, children under 14 free which are the same prices as last years show.

Events run by our supporters start off in 2013 with two events on the same weekend (Saturday 2nd February). The CCI Northern Ireland – Pre-Rally Rock Night – at the Michelin Club in Ballymena and the Frozen Skull MCC – 2nd Rock Night at Dundela football club in Belfast.

Details of these and our other supporters events through out the year are at – Supporters Events –   something to look forward to in this miserable weather, as we slowly go stir crazy…………………………………..

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Belfast On The Move

27th January 2013

Well Belfast may be on the move, with the next phase of “Belfast On The Move”, which aims to make the city centre more accessible to everyone by improving access to transportation for everyone in the city, including the introduction of Bus Lanes. However the DRD (Department For Regional Development) reports that, ““Motorists in the […]

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Kings Hall Hots Up

27th January 2013

Honda hot-shot Alex Lowes from Lincoln will make his first appearance at the Adelaide Motorcycle Festival which begins a three-day run at the New King’s Hall Pavilion on February 8. Lowes will be at Festival on Saturday and Sunday , became one of the biggest talking points last year following his strong end-of-season charge when […]

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Adelaide Motorcycle Awards

24th January 2013

Farquhar lifts trophy at Adelaide Motorcycle Awards Despite the snow, delayed traffic and flights, the largest audience yet turned out in their finest to celebrate their motorcycle racing heros achievements over the past year at the Adelaide Motorcycle Awards at the Ramada Hotel in Belfast on 18 January 2013! Ryan Farquhar who announced his retirement […]

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Funding Motorcycle Racing

24th January 2013

We don’t really delve into the “politics” of motorcycle racing but we thought you might be interested in this question (and answer) asked in the Northern Ireland Assembly. Democractic Unionist Party, MLA, Paul Girvan (DUP – South Antrim) asked the question to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure: How much funding has been allocated […]

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Civilised Road Worthiness Testing

24th January 2013

On Tuesday 22nd January 2013, the TRAN Committee held a Public Hearing concerning the proposals for new EU-wide Road Worthiness Testing (RWT) also known as Periodical Technical Inspections (PTI) for cars, powered two-wheelers (PTWs – motorcycles – scooters – mopeds) and commercial vehicles and trailers. The European Commission representative commented that, “In a country where […]

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Motorcycling Matters!

22nd January 2013

ACEM – the Motorcycle Industry in Europe, who are the professional body representing the interests of powered two wheeler (PTWs – that’s motorcycles to you and me) manufacturers in Europe, has produced a video to accompany their conference, which is taking place in Brussels today. According to ACEM the video highlights “The role that Powered […]

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