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Riding skills: Top three learner rider complaints

It’s tempting to go for the cheapest bike training course you can find. Here are three reasons why that might not be a good idea. 1. The bikes Training school bikes have a hard life. But they should still be reliable, of good quality, and come with a reasonable spares backup in the event of a drop. Many riders who’ve ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 11 July 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

MotoGP Survey: how’s the BBC doing?

We’ve seen ten races and got to the summer break. So how good is the BBC’s exclusive live coverage of MotoGP? And how is British Eurosport, which at one point looked to have lost its broadcasting rights, fighting back? var PDF_surveyID = '6DC32385BEDCD3C2'; var PDF_openText = 'Click here to complete the survey'; Click here to complete the survey   We ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • MotoGP
  • 05 August 2009

The bargain alternative to a... Triumph Sprint 1050

Since 2005 Triumph’s Sprint 1050 has probably had the best torque curve of any roadbike. A classic sports tourer, it’s squashy, grunty, decent-handling, full of character and (as long as you’re not too leggy) comfy for hours. But what if you haven’t got the five grand plus you still need to get one in your garage?  Why not consider... a ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 31 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

Police and MCN raid bike thief's house

MCN has witnessed first hand how modern bike thieves operate after joining a police raid in a leafy, well-to-do suburb of a southern English town last week.   You see them smashing doors down on telly, but for the real thing they knocked. Two coppers covered the back of the house; five waited at the front, all wearing stab vests or harnesses ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 09 July 2009

UK’s 10 most dangerous biking roads – do you ride them?

A new Eurorap report has identified ten roads, nearly all of them in the midlands and north of England, as more dangerous to bikes than any others.    We want to hear from riders who know these roads. What do you think of them? Why are serious or fatal crashes more likely to happen here? Is it something to do with ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 25 June 2009


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