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Riding Skills: How to get instant Motocross legend status!

Got mad Motocross skills? Want to take your place alongside Evgeny Bobryshev, Rui Gonçalves and other off-road riders nobody’s ever heard of? Now you can! Just go to: hondaworldmotocross.bfig.co.uk, enter your details, upload a photo and watch as you’re seamlessly transported into the role of Honda World Motocross’ third rider! Marvel as your name appears on a computer screen! Gasp ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 17 June 2011

Riding in strong winds

The UK is likely to be hit with very strong winds over the next couple of days, with gusts of over 90mph expected in parts of Scotland and Northern England. Below are a couple of tips to help you ride in strong winds. Obviously, if the winds are too strong and you don't feel confident riding in such conditions, leave the ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 07 December 2011

Riding skills: Why your brain makes you ride like you do

I'm writing this on a beautiful English summer's day. The birds are twittering, the sun is hot, and for the past couple of hours I've been listening bike after bike burble up the street before hitting the edge of town and howling into the open countryside beyond. I've been welding up a trailer, but the urge to drop everything and ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 24 June 2011

Riding skills: How hard can I brake?(And what stops me braking harder?)

Trying to answer this question on a real road, with a real bike, is bloody good fun. It’s also something almost anyone can get good at with enough practice – and it’s not quite as lethally dangerous as it sounds. More of which later. So how hard, then? Roughly speaking, a good rider on a good bike on a dry ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 14 June 2011

Retro riding skills: “adult, impulsive and brash”

Get ready to learn some retro riding skills, Aussie style. This road safety video from the Commonwealth Film Unit was made in 1959. It shows a bunch of “too-cool-for-school” bike-mad kids getting a lesson in bike safety, track riding and essential maintenance. Motorcycles, film-making and social values may have come a hell of a long way in the past 52 ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 03 June 2011

Esoteric riding skills no.5: How to ride round the rim of a giant sandstone pothole

Granted it’s not a widespread challenge riders face, but if and when you are, then any information becomes very relevant indeed. The man in this next video wants to graduate to giant sandstone pothole rim riding, but sensibly has opted to start with something smaller. Key learnings: 1 Keep the throttle on2 Look ahead3 Grip the tank with your knees4 ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 06 May 2011

Riding skills: How to get on a motorcycle

Failure to mount a motorcycle properly can lead to poor forward vision and throttle control, and it’s a growing problem among predominantly slender, female new riders. Deterred by the complexity of explaining this key task adequately, magazines and instructors have shied away from it for years. So we’re incredibly thankful to American training outfit Motorcycle Riding Concepts who’ve managed to ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 06 May 2011

Tips for taking your road skills to the dirt

If you’re a road rider and are thinking of trying your hand in the dirt, check out these tips for a safer, more enjoyable experience. Click here

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 15 April 2011

Think you're a bit handy at low speed riding?

If you've ever thought you were a bit tasty at low speed riding then you need to have a look at this Japanese video where riders are attempting to score points while riding around a coned-out course. These competitions are often held in Japan with the Police using their specially-built Honda VFR800s but this is the first time we have ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 04 March 2011

Riding in town

Town and city roads can be some of the most difficult and hazardous for bike and scooter riders. If you use your bike for commuting everyday then chances are you’re already doing a fair bit of town riding. It really is very different to being out on the open road. Here's a few tips on styaing safe on city streets. ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 25 February 2011

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