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Esoteric riding skills no2: the right way to think about putting your bike on its centrestand

Following the first instalment of our new esoteric riding skills series we were delighted to hear from the don of obscure riding wisdom himself, author Pat Hahn. He delivers estoteric riding skill no2. We hope there’ll be plenty more to come: ‘Related to centrestands, it just came to me one day, how to think about it. "The idea is not ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 19 March 2010

Esoteric riding skills no1: Putting your bike on its sidestand on hot tarmac

We ploughed through 150 pages of Pat Hahn’s excellent ‘Maximum Control – Mastering Your Heavyweight Bike’ to unearth this little treasure: ‘Be careful with parking on hot asphalt, which can suck a sidestand down and leave you with a bike to pick up. 'If you know the surface is soft, find a painted line to set your sidestand on; the ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 26 February 2010

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: Interview with a Blood Runner

For most of us, going out riding is a great chance to unwind and relax. However a small number of riders across the South of England manage to combine their love of motorcycling with providing an extremely valuable and needy service.  SERV (Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers) - otherwise known as the Blood Runners - is made up of volunteer bikers & riders ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 27 October 2010

Riding skills: The best advice ever

There's a mountain of good riding advice out there, and no magic fix to compete with tens of thousands of miles of practice. But sometimes one simple rule-of-thumb that's easy to remember can save your bacon more reliably than that stack of ride-better books you can't remember reading. These are ours. Tell us yours. Look further ahead (Ali) Don't hold ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 13 August 2010

Riding skills: Using the throttle to steer a bike

You steer a bike with the handlebars right? Of course you use the handlebars to get a bike to turn but a recent tuition course at the 14 mile Nurburgring in Germany taught me just how much adjustability can be dialled into the way a bike can be turned using only the throttle too. At a high speed course like ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 06 August 2010

Riding skills: Places left on Nurburgring training course

There are still places left on a German BMW Owners club which is offering a closed circuit training course at the famous Nurburgring in Germany. The course is the perfect introduction to the Nurburgring for anyone who has fancied learning the course but has been put off by tales of nutters and crashes. There are ten British riders already signed ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 21 June 2010

Riding skills video: How to start a 1914 Indian Motorcycle

Are you nostalgic for the good old days of motorcycling? Do you think everything started to go wrong once we lost the kickstart? Then you're right, as long by good you mean troublesome and by 'old days' you mean about 1910.      Watch this video and boggle at how motorcycling ever caught on:  

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 05 March 2010

Riding skills video: How to avoid leg cramp

Spend too long in the saddle and leg cramp is a serious possibility. If you find yourself getting stiff you could take regular breaks, or stretch before riding... or you could just pop it on to the back wheel and hang on like this rider:     

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 05 March 2010

Riding Skills: What to do if you hit gravel mid-corner

Even the world’s most advanced tyre technology is no match for seven grains of gravel in the wrong place at the wrong time. 1 Countersteer to avoidAim for the inside of the gravel patch, not the outside – if the gravel continues tighter into the turn, it’s easier to pick the bike up, cross it more upright and get back ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 28 December 2009

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