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Riding skills: Filtering

It’s not queue jumpingFiltering is always a contentious topic as those not on a bike often look upon it as queue jumping. That of course is rubbish; it’s what bikes were built to do. What the law saysThe Highway Code says “when filtering in slow-moving traffic, take care and keep your speed low” which appears to me to be tacit ...

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  • Riding Skills
  • 23 June 2014

Esoteric riding skills #6: How to wash a passing train

Motorcyclists have a lot to thank trains for. They take loads off roads, leaving them more pleasant places to ride, they rarely pull out unexpectedly and their high ticket prices and late running put a powerful pro-motorcycling case to commuters daily. How can we even begin to repay this debt? A man in Pakistan has a plan.

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 11 May 2011

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 ...

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  • Riding Skills
  • 27 October 2010

Riding Skills video: Jeremy McWilliams' guide to riding Motorland

At the recent Masterbike 2010 test, Jeremy McWilliams takes MCN for a lap and explains how to get round the the fabulous, brand new, Motorland 5.2km race track, located in Aragon, Spain.          Onboard an Aprilia RSV4 at Motorland Masterbike 2010 video: BMW S1000RR is king! // By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 10 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: How to ride in the wet

Riding in the wet, with the reduced grip on offer, is a big mental challenge as much as a physical one. But with practice and experience, we can gain a confident feel for a bike’s capabilities, just as we do in the dry. Sure the bike will twitch a bit over lines, metal covers and tar banding, but bikes rarely ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 05 November 2009

Riding Skills: How to ride at night

Riding at night demands a great deal of smoothness, but to be smooth it’s necessary to read the road ahead. All sorts of information can be picked out of the darkest night, but you have to work all the harder with what information can be obtained. While erring on the side of caution, practice spotting clues as to where the ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 04 November 2009

Riding skills: 10 top tips to stay alive

The MCN road test team rides thousands of miles a week, rain or shine, winter and summer, on every kind of bike. Here are ten of their not-so-obvious riding tips: Tip 1. Suspect-looking car driver waiting to pull out from side road: move rapidly from the kerb to the centreline, or vice versa. It helps get you noticed. Tip 2. If ...

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  • Riding Skills
  • 12 June 2009

Riding skills tips: Hanging off the seat

Q. Can you tell me the correct way to get my bum hanging off the seat? The way I do it now means lifting my bum off the seat and moving it over and plonking it down, then lifting it up again to put it back. However this is putting such a strain on my knees I am having to ...

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  • Riding Skills
  • 29 May 2009

Improve your riding with Ridesafe Backsafe

North west road safety initiative RideSafe BackSafe and the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) are heralding their Rider Assessment Scheme a great success after nearly 150 motorcyclists completed the courses.   The series of one day events were held monthly from April to October in Chorley, Lancashire and primarily appealed to full motorcycle licence holders wishing to improve their riding skills ...

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  • Riding Skills
  • 17 November 2010


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