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Retro riding skills: “adult, impulsive and brash”

Get ready to learn some retro riding skills, Aussie style. This road safety video from the Commonwealth Film Unit was made in 1959. It shows a bunch of “too-cool-for-school” bike-mad kids getting a lesson in bike safety, track riding and essential maintenance. Motorcycles, film-making and social values may have come a hell of a long way in the past 52 ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 03 June 2011

Riding Skills: Stunting. In Reverse.

Lithuanian stunt rider Virginijus Zukauskas has either: 1. Managed to bend time and physics to his will Or 2. Put his stunt video in reverse Either way, this clip makes some freaky viewing.

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 30 June 2011

Riding skills: Beware black ice

This video, shot in the Vancouver area, shows the dangers of black ice on an apparently clear road.  As the road was slightly elevated above sea level, rain water that fell in previously warm conditions began to freeze as the sun started to set. The bike began to lowside as grip was lost on the black ice, then as soon ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 02 December 2010

Riding Skills Video: “Easy Parking”

Remember the “Only Fools and Horses” episode when Del-boy put a stolen “Out of Order” sign on a parking meter? In the world of Turcano Urbano, motorcyclists can now pull a similar stunt.  Their “Easy Parking” mat turns useless car parking spaces into convenient bike bays in seconds. Reassuring for the London commuter.  Sadly this isn’t a real product and ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 24 November 2010

Riding Skills: You go where you look

Bike instructors are forever telling new riders that “you go where you look”, but few prove the point as convincingly as in the following video. This is one lesson the student won’t be forgetting anytime soon. [The point of interest starts at 3:45]  Via: Ducati news today

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 14 October 2010

Boost your riding skills with Colin Edwards

Off-road riding may seem a world away from commuting and touring, but the skills involved transfer perfectly to the tarmac. Just ask two-time World Superbike champion Colin Edwards. He’s so confident that dirt-tracking made him the racer that he is today that he’s setting up his own school. From February you’ll be able to visit the Texas Tornado Boot Camp ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 27 August 2010

Erzberg Rodeo 2011

Where better to test your riding skills that the Erzberg Rodeo? Dubbed “the toughest race in the world” by feverishly insistent organisers, the Austrian off-road event is based on and around the Erzberg “Ore Mountain” (1533m). Mined since the 12th century it once produced more than 800,000 tonnes of iron ore per year. Nowadays the “Iron Road” and “Iron Mountain” ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 26 May 2011

In at the deep end – a novice track day at Cadwell Park

My rear tyre looks like someone’s been shaving it the wrong way with a Mach 3 razor. There are bubbles of rubber clogging parts of the tread and strange, misshapen lumps pressed into the centre of the contact patch. My finger actually sticks to the outer section of the tyre, as though it’s coated in an invisible glue. All of ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 01 July 2010

Top ten tips for your first track day

MCN contributor Dan Aspel recently took part in his first track day at Cadwell Park. Here are his 10 top tips for track day newbies: 1. Check your bike thoroughly before you head offThis includes tyre wear, fluid levels, brake pads etc…, you’ll be asking a lot more of it than usual and you need to be sure it’s in good ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 01 July 2010

How to ride your bike backwards

Perspective is everything in life. Falling into familiar habits and patterns can make life seem so drab and repetitious. Consult the pop-psychology books of Edward De Bono, the "Self Help" shelf of your local bookshop, or even the horoscope section of your daily rag and one precept will consistently shine through: change is good. Variety is the spice of life... ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 19 May 2011

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