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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

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

Top 10 bad riding habits

1. Irregular maintenance Your bike will respond really well to regular checks, particularly the chain and other parts that can be easily cleaned and lubricated. It’s easy to put it off, but a weekly clean makes a big difference. 2. “Low eyes” It’s easy to focus too hard on the road just in front of you and not look at what’s coming. ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 27 August 2010

Protecting your ears

Have you ever listened to your MP3 player on the tube, on a crowded train, or while walking through the city? Try turning it off then listening again when you’re back in a quiet spot. As you fall to the floor, scrabbling to pull the explosively loud phones out of your ears you’ll have learnt a valuable lesson: sound is ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 30 July 2010

Two-stroke answer to rising crosser costs

This immaculate Kawasaki KX500 hybrid is one motocross racer's response to the rising costs of four-stroke off-road competition machines. Chris Place, 21, hopes the blend of an easily-fixed two-stroke engine and modern chassis will enable him to compete on a knock-down budget. Built from a 2008 KXF450 chassis and a 1994 KX500 two-stroke, the KX500CF (for Custom Fabricated) was built ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 27 October 2011

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