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Old 04-04-2016, 09:20 AM   #1
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April Fools roundup

Its madeup news time

APRIL Fools’ day was on Friday, so of course there were made-up news stories doing the rounds. Here's three about bikes that we spotted.

Honda’s emoji licence plates

Honda plans to release emoji registration plates. According to a press release, the decision was taken because of a demand from young people across the UK and research which showed that 96% of people under 30 would prefer an emoji license plate over a traditional one. Apparently Honda is working with the DVLA to launch the plates in early 2017.

Steve Parrish launches bus racing series

Steve Parrish got the green light for his new bus racing series. The series will involve competitors racing buses full of people around UK circuits, with passengers actively participating in the action. Parrish said: ‘Finally we have a motor racing series in which the spectators are directly involved. The passengers will act as ballast, transferring their weight/bodies from side-to-side to keep the bus stable’. After taking part in a test at Donington park, 40 passengers have signed up to be part of Parrish’s bus racing team. The idea of the series has been positively received by staff at the Circuit of Wales and Silverstone, plus Jason Plato and bus passengers in general.

Suzuki’s garbage-powered bike

Suzuki has filed a patent for a bike that could be powered by natural food waste – owing to the fact that some fungal matter and microorganisms might be capable of producing the electrochemicals used in rechargeable lithium ion batteries. Suzuki UK said it could neither confirm nor deny it was working on the technology, which is the bike equivalent to a potato-powered clock. It sounds like a rubbish idea to us.
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