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Riding skills: Download the free guide that's made Norwegian riders the world's safest

‘Full Control’, the 57-page bike skills guide credited with dramatically raising the standard of Norwegian riders above the global average has been published in English for the first time.     The free PDF manual covers  core motorcycle skills in a robust, physics-grounded and clear way, giving you a complete picture of why bikes (and riders) do what they do.  It would ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 03 June 2010

Riding skills: Decreasing radius bends

Also known in-helmet as the shit-shit-shit-shit-shit bend, the decreasing radius corner isn’t a problem to be tackled in isolation – it’s a test of the fundamentals of your riding skills, namely looking ahead, reading the vanishing point and steering a planned line. If you get a scare from a turn that tightens up, don’t worry about making a special effort ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 28 May 2010

Riding skills: 60 second swerving school

Here’s an entertaining skills-merchant we haven’t come across before. Capt Crash from Idaho specialises in brief, chipper riding skills videos. Short, sharp and sensible, they’re the antidote to the often dry and worthy vids out there. This one’s about swerving.

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 30 April 2010

Esoteric riding skills no3: 'Powerwalking'

We've covered some splendidly arcane riding skills in this series so far, but this one's a doozy. A full two minutes forty-eight dedicated to the vanishing art of paddling your bike around under a little bit of power. It's a topic that needs confident steering between the twin hazards of complete redundancy and bleedin' obviousness, but armed with phrases like ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 15 April 2010

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: do you have nightmares about cones?

Manoeuvring a bike round cones is a daunting challenge for new riders, and even experienced ones often shy away from U-turns in tight spots, comforting themselves with the thought it’s not them, it’s their big heavy bike that’s the limiting factor. Here’s a kill-or-cure dose of inspiration for you – a US police rider entering a hellish scene of infinite ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 12 February 2010

Riding skills: how to ride across a sand dune

The Paris-Dakar organisers have thoughtfully banned the dominant KTMs from entering, so now would an ideal time to dig out your XT600 winter hack and give it a stab. You’d be well advised to bone up of your desert riding skills though. Here Chris Scott, author of the book Desert Biking, gives us his tips for crossing a dune. Step ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 04 September 2009

Riding skills: How not to crash part 1

Riding skills: how not to crash, everBikers are sometimes the victims of crazy or careless car drivers no doubt. But don’t kid yourself – most bike prangs are things we could avoid if we mastered our brains, our brakes, and the bends. ollow our series of guides on how not to crash, and start adding the years of accident-free biking ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 13 March 2009

Riding skills: Turning from a stop

The ever-watchable Captain Crash has some useful advice on how to pull away from a standstill turning, rather than straying too far into (potentially) harm's way.

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 24 June 2011


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