Autumn Statement promises cost-cutting for bikers
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Autumn Statement is good news for road users

Driving on Britain’s roads is an increasingly expensive, yet necessary, activity, and so it must come as a relief to motorists across the country that the government has opted to scrap a rise in fuel duty. 

The news was announced during last week’s (December 5th) annual Autumn Statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne. 

Help to cut the cost of motoring 

Mr Osborne stated that the planned fuel increase of 1.6 pence per litre has now been dropped. 

“Cancelling fuel duty rises has been a major priority of the Government. A £22.5 billion demonstration that we’re on the side of hardworking people in this country,” he said. 

Cheaper fuel at motorway service stations 

Anyone who needs to fill up at motorway service stations will know the often prohibitive cost of doing so. Bikers who use the country’s motorways will be well aware of the high fuel prices, but frequently have no choice but to use them. 

While the government has stopped short of insisting the charges are brought down, it has confirmed that it will be trialling a new system whereby comparison roads signs indicate pump prices at service stations on a given route. 

The hope is that this will encourage drivers to seek out the cheapest fuel, which will have the knock-on effect of encouraging c…………… continues on P&H Motorcycles

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Voxan Wattman claims to be “most powerful electric motorcycle in the world”
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A new claimant for the title of “most powerful electric motorcycle in the world” was presented to admirers at the Paris Motor Show on Monday. The Voxan Wattman electric motorcycle, with 150 kW (200 hp) of power at full tilt, can pull the 350 kg (770 lb) bike from 0 to 160 km/h (0-100 mph) in 5.9 seconds, and has a top speed of 170 km/h (106 mph). With styling based on a scorpion’s exoskeleton, this dramatic new entry is searching for its place in the sun.

The allure of an electric motorcycle is multi-faceted. The technology, the styling, the massive acceleration, and above all, the sheer distinctiveness of an electric makes owning one a statement about what floats your boat. Voxan Motors’ Wattman is a new claimant to the most powerful throne.

Simply put, the best part of an electric motorcycle is the electric motor, and the worst part is the battery pack. The Voxan’s motor can deliver 150 kW (200 hp) at 10,500 rpm, and generates some 200 Nm (150 lb ft) of torque over most of the torque curve. No transmission is needed beyond a simple belt drive, as the power and torque curves of the electric motor are so broad that shifting is unnecessary.

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