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Motorcycle Safety: How safe is riding a bike?

Rupert Paul, 09 September 2009 11:06

If you’re starting out, this has got to be a question looming large in your mind – and if not yours, then definitely the mind of your nearest and dearest. The short answer is: riding a bike does expose you to more danger than most other ways of passing the time. And you need a certain amount of luck. You’re ...

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Motorcycle Safety: avoiding common accidents

Chris Dabbs, 07 September 2009 08:48

The most common accidents that we bikers get involved in are collisions at junctions, collisions while overtaking, loss of control, either from a shunt or, and, surprise, surprise, failing to get round a bend. The key to minimizing the risk of any of these happening is anticipation, whether that’s reading the road ahead or another road users’ intentions, if you ...

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Motorcycle Safety: Travel faster than the traffic to stay safe

Marc Abbott, 09 July 2009 11:37

Believe it or not, the safest way to ride through traffic is to go slightly faster than it. That way you won’t get stuck in a blind spot and the relative difference in speed between you and the cars will mean you stand out more. Further reading:Basic skills

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Motorcycle Safety: Get started young

Marc Abbott, 26 June 2009 15:00

A field bike and a patch of grass was many a teenage new rider's introduction to bikes, but these days there are a few schemes dotted around the country, many run by local authorities that give youngsters a taste of two wheels. The Auto Cycle Union has a list of national schemes. Contact Debbie Walmsley: 01788-540519.   The best way to ...

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Motorcycle Safety: Stay sharp after you’ve passed

Rupert Paul, 16 June 2009 09:27

So you’ve got through it. Decades of blissful riding stretch out in front of you. Well, I’ve been riding for decades, and spent almost as long studying what makes people good, happy riders (or lousy, miserable ones). So here’s my two penn’orth. You might not think that some of the stuff below looks like training, but it is.  1. Do ...

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