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Riding skills: Kickstarting a big single, in flip flops

Proof that kickstarting big capacity single cylinder motorcycles doesn't need to a fearsome affair, courtesy of Hoo Hoo Goblin. Staring an XT500 first kick 1. Turn on the ignition, pull out the choke lever, and make sure the bike is in neutral.  Note:  Honda designed the XT to also be kick-start-able when in gear with the clutch pulled in.  If ...

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  • Riding Skills
  • 03 June 2011

Riding skills: How to bump start a motorcycle

Bump starting a motorcycle is a black art. Experienced riders make it look easy but as the hapless guy in the clip proves, there's a lot to go wrong. First check the obvious stuff like the kill switch, side stand switch, petrol and ignition. Bump starting is tiring work so you want to give yourself the best chance of nailing ...

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  • 28 April 2011

Riding Skills: Top ten camping essentials

Camping on a bike can be a pain in the rear. The things you can't do without tend to be big (tent, sleeping bags etc) and once you've loaded them on the bike there's almost no room for anything else. Unless you're prepared to buy a Goldwing and attach a trailer you need to be ruthless in the kit you ...

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  • 22 June 2010

Riding skills: Avoiding a deer strike

Hitting or narrowly missing a deer on a motorcycle is a terrifying experience. Deer are unpredictable, fast and, if you're unlucky enough to be faced with a Red deer, bloody big. The majority of wild animals can safely be run over or batted away under speeds of under 80mph but hit a deer at almost any speed and you'll be ...

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  • 17 June 2010

Riding skills video: How to ride fast at night

Riding at night demands a great deal of smoothness, but to be smooth it's necessary to read the road ahead On a track day, once you've completed a couple of laps, you pretty much know where you're going. Riding on the road couldn't be more different and you need a whole different set of skills. All sorts of information can ...

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  • Riding Skills
  • 10 March 2010

Riding skills: riding dirt roads

Riding a fully loaded adventure bike down a bumpy dirt road can be daunting.The rough stuff requires different techniques to riding on Tarmac. On a smooth surface you can pretty much get away with sitting fairly stationary on your bike, off-road you need to use you body weight to help balance the bike. The best way to achieve balance off-road is ...

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  • 23 October 2009

Riding skills: Stopping accidents before they happen

If you ride a motorcycle it¹s practically inevitable that one day you¹ll crash it. Motorcycles are inherently unstable. Unlike a car, if you don¹t use the controls in the correct way the bike will fall over. With luck, toppling off your bike at low speed will be the worst crash you¹ll ever have but there are simple ways to prevent ...

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  • 16 October 2009

Riding skills: Filtering like a courier

It's difficult not to be impressed by a seasoned courier skilfully carving through gridlocked traffic. Squeezing through the narrowest of gaps they have an almost Jedi like awareness of what's around them and seemingly make life-or-death decisions with a nanosecond of glances. What we don't usually get to see is the countless number of accidents our courier suffered in order ...

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  • Riding Skills
  • 09 October 2009

Riding skills: How to load up a bike but keep the handling sweet

Unlike a car, where you can dump a couple of sacks of spuds in the boot and it have little affect on the handling, 5kg of extra weight in the wrong place on a bike will have it bobbing and weaving all over the road. Sitting on your bike, imagine a triangle that runs from the top of your head, ...

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  • Riding Skills
  • 02 October 2009

Riding skills: Riding in strong winds

Riding in strong winds can be daunting and dangerous but learning this simple technique will help bike control and free up time to anticipate problems. The easiest way to control a bike in a crosswind is to apply pressure on the inside of the handlebar closest to the direction of the wind. In other words, if the wind is blowing ...

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  • 02 October 2009

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