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Riding skills: How to get a good race start

Most top-level racing bikes (including the fabulous new Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC SE road bike) equipped with cutting-edge electronics packages will have some form of launch control.  The very best of these systems will let you pin the throttle, dump the clutch and off you go with the perfect start. The electronics prevent the bike from bogging down or pulling ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 11 November 2010

How to ride an electric bike

We recently rode the Mavizen TTX02, the world¹s first production electric superbike. Here's what it taught us about future adjustments we'll need to make to our riding - and things we can keep doing the same. First and foremost, it's as simple to ride as a scooter; there's no clutch or gearbox - just twist the throttle and off you go. There ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 21 May 2010

Neevesy's track tips: Braking

There are lots of ways to go fast around a racetrack. Just look at Rossi and Doohan, or Biaggi and Bayliss - their riding styles are racing lines are wildly different but the awe-inspiring end result for these naturally-talented World Champions is just the same. Although there isn’t really a right or wrong way to ride a bike fast around ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 11 November 2009

Neevesy's track tips: Straights

There are lots of ways to go fast around a racetrack. Just look at Rossi and Doohan, or Biaggi and Bayliss - their riding styles are racing lines are wildly different but the awe-inspiring end result for these naturally-talented World Champions is just the same. Although there isn’t really a right or wrong way to ride a bike fast around ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 11 November 2009

Neevesy's track tips: Tyres

There are lots of ways to go fast around a racetrack. Just look at Rossi and Doohan, or Biaggi and Bayliss - their riding styles are racing lines are wildly different but the awe-inspiring end result for these naturally-talented World Champions is just the same. Although there isn’t really a right or wrong way to ride a bike fast around ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 29 October 2009

Neevesy's track tips: Bike preperation

There are lots of ways to go fast around a racetrack. Just look at Rossi and Doohan, or Biaggi and Bayliss - their riding styles are racing lines are wildly different but the awe-inspiring end result for these naturally-talented World Champions is just the same. Although there isn’t really a right or wrong way to ride a bike fast around ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 29 October 2009

Video: How to shave three seconds off your lap time

MCN senior road tester Michael Neeves travelled to Outlon Park to meet California Superbike School Director Andy Ibbott in an attempt to get him running higher up the field in the R1 Cup and gives us his video guide on how the day went. Check out the video below to see how Neevesey managed to take three seconds off his ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 24 June 2008

Michael Neeves blog – Off Road Skills

I’ve just returned from two days in Wales with Paris Dakar legend Simon Pavey, at his off-road school, or the ‘Odd Road Skills, powered by World of BMW and Husqvarna’, to give it its full name. It was the best riding school I’ve ever been to. I’ll readily admit I’m an off-road numpty. I love the idea of riding in ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 18 October 2011

Ducati 1098R first riding impressions

MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves has just been riding Ducati’s brand new 1098R superbike at its world launch at Jerez in southern Spain. This is what he has to say: “Ducati is back to its decadent best with this homologation special which is the closest a road going Ducati has ever been to a World Superbike. As well as ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 28 January 2008

Product review: Motovudu2

Motovudu 2, Dark art of Performance, £19.99Tester: Michael NeevesTime used: All 93 pages in two sittingsWhat’s good? Ex-500cc GP and WSB star Simon Crafar’s first book dealt with all the riding tips you need to go fast around a track, from the perspective of a man who’s won at the very highest level. Reading the first Motovudu, and getting tuition ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 25 February 2014

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