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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

UK electric race series to be owned by the teams

Six weeks before entries close for the UK’s first electric motorcycle championship, promoter Azhar Hussain has unleashed another revolutionary concept on the racing world: ownership of a series by the competitors. Hussain’s proposal, which also applies to the US and Italian championships he’s set up, shares out an increasing slice of the income from TV rights, merchandising and sponsorship among ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 18 March 2010

Motorcycle Safety: How safe is riding a bike?

If you’re starting out, this has got to be a question looming large in your mind – and if not yours, then definitely the mind of your nearest and dearest. The short answer is: riding a bike does expose you to more danger than most other ways of passing the time. And you need a certain amount of luck. You’re ...

  • New rider
  • 09 September 2009

10 cunning ways to stay alive

1. Suspect-looking car driver waiting to pull out from side road: move rapidly from the kerb to the centreline, or vice versa. The sideways movement helps get you noticed 2. You go where you look. So in a panic situation, look for the way out, not at the obstacle 3. Psychological research has shown that group riding automatically increases your ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 29 July 2009

How to cover long distances on a sportsbike

Any idiot can do 600 miles a day on a sportsbike. But only smart riders can hold a civilised conversation afterwards, or stand up without assistance.  ZX-10s, 1098 Ducatis, R1s and the rest are famously uncomfortable on motorways. Here’s your one-hour guide to making them twice as nice.  1. Lower the footrestsIf your bike has adjustable footrests, use them. This ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 17 July 2009

Learn to brake really hard

Roughly speaking, a good rider on a good bike on a dry road can get from 100mph down to 40mph in three seconds, using maybe 85 metres of road. And no matter how rubbish you may think you are now, you CAN learn to get that good. Success takes a while Apart from factory customs, which have the wrong weight distribution ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 16 July 2009

Höly Kawasaki ER-6

Specs Chassis2004 ZX-6R forks, 2003 Z1000 yokes, ABM discs, rear master cylinder and rear caliper, Wilbers shock. Emil Schwarz bearings (www.emilschwarz.de), Bridgestone 003 tyres. 182kg with a full tank. Engine13.8:1 compression, Höly cams, gas flowed ports, stock valves and pistons, modified ZX-10R injector bodies, stock airbox with big, heat-shrouded intake, Power Commander, SR Racing exhaust, Akrapovic Yamaha R6 silencer, R6 ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 18 June 2009

Motorcycle Safety: Stay sharp after you’ve passed

So you’ve got through it. Decades of blissful riding stretch out in front of you. Well, I’ve been riding for decades, and spent almost as long studying what makes people good, happy riders (or lousy, miserable ones). So here’s my two penn’orth. You might not think that some of the stuff below looks like training, but it is.  1. Do ...

  • New rider
  • 16 June 2009

Riding tips: How to be safer and faster on country roads

Jon Taylor has been a racer (he’s a former double Bemsee club champion), bike cop and long-time Nürburgring instructor. He’s now part of Rapid Training and one of the most senior IAM examiners in the UK. I can personally vouch that he is a superb rider, and an ideal man to ask about how to ride on country roads. “I ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 11 June 2009

Supercharged Honda Blackbird on the dyno

This supercharged Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird makes a staggering 65bhp and 24lb-ft more torque than standard. Video: Supercharged Blackbird MCN has been testing the bike this week – a bike that’s docile and manageable at low revs, but by 7000rpm it’s already more powerful than the standard machine is at its peak! Torque is consistently around 20lb-ft higher throughout the ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 28 May 2009

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