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Sam wise words from Wilson


Sammy Wilson

Sammy Wilson

Alan Lewis

Sammy Wilson

This column is not concerned with politics unless they have some relevance to motorcycling. In this particular case I happily venture into the political field and wish to congratulate our Finance Minister, Sammy Wilson.

Sammy is, of course, a biker and an enthusiastic one at that. He recently put down an early day motion at Westminster, a device mostly used to highlight or draw attention to a particular subject or campaign. Early day motions are not often debated.

The motion reads: ‘That this House notes the positive impact that motorcycling can have, both as an alternative to the private car and as a way of reducing congestion in towns and cities; is concerned that these benefits and the views of motorcyclists are often overlooked in the development of transport policy; and calls on the Government to give greater attention to these issues during the course of this Parliament.’

The motion is backed by fellow DUP MPs and he’s also drawn support from other MPs with different political affiliations. There’s no need for me to say anything further except, well done Sammy, please keep up the good work.

New bikes: BMW has just released details of a new six cylinder grand tourer, which should be seen at the end of the year international bike shows. And Triumph, not to be left out, has a new adventure machine waiting to be released; ‘adventure’ in the same mould as BMW’s GS series and not the same as its current Tiger model.

Triumph also has a Sprint GT out, a grand tourer producing 128bhp at 9,200rpm with a price tag of just under £9,500. Recently I wrote that the European manufacturers seem to have stolen a lead on the Japanese and these new bikes are further proof of that.

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