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School for Slide

If a passing stranger informed you that this time next week you could be sliding a motorcycle round corners like Nicky Hayden in the off season, you’d write him off as a dangerous lunatic. Well, I am that lunatic. Because I am telling you, here and now, that anyone can learn the basics of this ultra-cool skill within about ten ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 03 February 2013

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

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

kit review: TCX SS Sport Waterproof boots

Product: TCX SS Sport Waterproof boots, £210 (£144.99 on MCN shop) Tester: Rupert Paul Miles covered/time: 500/one month What’s good? I've barely started my relationship with these boots but TCX used to be Oxtar and I had a pair of them for two years without trouble. These sit on the stiff, creaky, protective end of the spectrum. The plastic loop ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Boots
  • 26 August 2009

New riders wanted for MCN feature!

Fancy a fun day out? We’re looking to recruit six newly-qualified or learner riders to act as guinea pigs for a new kind of bike training. Over the past 16 years, Australian-based training and safety expert Rob Smith has developed a datalogging system which can give riders a mark out of ten for their ability to brake, corner and swerve. ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 25 August 2009

Kit review: Triumph Alpinestars AS1 gloves

Triumph Alpinestars AS1 gloves, £84 Tester: Rupert Paul Miles covered/time: 500/one month What’s good? When I lost my six-year-old Nankai race gloves I spent ages finding something that would fit as perfectly. There’s a lot of rubbish out there. I tried and ditched three makes due to baggy palms, tight knuckles and excessive venting. Fit is personal, of course, but ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Gloves
  • 19 August 2009

Kit review: Hein Gericke Hi-Viz jacket

Hein Gericke Hi-Viz jacket, £180 Tester: Rupert Paul Miles covered/time: 15,000/six years What’s good? It’s my only winter suit, and after two washes (yeah, I know it needs another one) it remains waterproof and warm-ish. The trousers (not shown) are black with a bib-and-braces set-up, and the whole thing fits snugly. Velcro bicep tags minimise flappage and keep mirrors unobscured. ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Leathers, jackets & suits
  • 19 August 2009

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