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Esoteric riding skills no1: Putting your bike on its sidestand on hot tarmac

We ploughed through 150 pages of Pat Hahn’s excellent ‘Maximum Control – Mastering Your Heavyweight Bike’ to unearth this little treasure: ‘Be careful with parking on hot asphalt, which can suck a sidestand down and leave you with a bike to pick up. 'If you know the surface is soft, find a painted line to set your sidestand on; the ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 26 February 2010

Follow Red Dwarf's Cat on his Iron Butt Sport Relief challenge

Red Dwarf star Danny John-Jules sets off on Saturday to ride 7000 miles round the Mediterranean in just 15 days in aid of Sport Relief. You can follow his progress, along with telly-producer and co-rider Graham Hoskins here The pair will ride Honda Transalps through 13 countries (previously 14 but the Algerian embassy failed to sign the visas in ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 26 February 2010

Hydrogen highway to link London, Swindon and South Wales

Just in time for the debut of Suzuki’s hydrogen fuel cell Burgman scooter, ministers will shortly reveal plans for a network of refuelling stations along the M4 between London and South Wales. The BBC reports that Wales has been designated a Low Carbon Economic Area (LCEA) for hydrogen and low carbon fuel technologies such as natural gas and bio-methane. Environment ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 12 February 2010

Rapid Training’s words of dubious wisdom

Advanced riding instruction outfit Rapid Training’s experts have ridden eleventy million miles between them and become undeniably handy riders and insightful trainers as a result. But when they assembled the wisdom distilled from all that two-wheeled travel for their latest newsletter – well it just goes to show you don’t have to have the wisdom of Solomon to ride a ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 02 February 2010

The 10 greatest scams, cheats and hoaxes in motorcycling - part 1

The history of motorcycling is littered with shady dealings... Read The 10 greatest scams, cheats and hoaxes in motorcycling - part 2 These are our favourites:   10 - Kawasaki drifts a bit too closeYou’d have thought copying the style of a company which went out of business in the 1950s would have been a pretty safe bet. Kawasaki must have ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 21 January 2010

TTXGP rules will be wiki-based in 2011

Rules are better written by fans and race teams themselves rather than faceless suits shut away in rooms reckons TTXGP organiser Azhar Hussain. That’s why the rules for his series from 2011 will be wiki-based – that is, put together, edited and perfected by anyone with an interest and an internet connection. The 2010 rules will be uploaded in their ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 11 January 2010

Riding Skills: What to do if you hit gravel mid-corner

Even the world’s most advanced tyre technology is no match for seven grains of gravel in the wrong place at the wrong time. 1 Countersteer to avoidAim for the inside of the gravel patch, not the outside – if the gravel continues tighter into the turn, it’s easier to pick the bike up, cross it more upright and get back ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 28 December 2009

Product review: Buff original

Buff Original, £13Miles covered/time: 2400/3 monthsWhat's good? The older I get the more I appreciate the tiny areas of my life I've been able to get right. This is one. My Buff bridges the chilly gap between my leathers and my lid, serves as en emergency snot-absorber, acts as a strangely comforting neck-cosy and lends me what I imagine is ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 23 December 2009

What to do if you don’t know if you’re bike’s safe to ride

Low-speed spills aren’t uncommon in icy weather, and they’re a destruction lottery. 1 Check yourselfAre you standing or lying in harm’s way? Are you hurt? Dizziness and nausea are natural reactions to shock. If you haven’t recovered within half an hour, don’t ride anywhere. 2 Start at the frontStart at the front of the bike and work your way back. ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 22 December 2009

Riders for Health launch motorcycle adventure for the heart and mind

Motorcyclists will have the chance to take part in a life-changing new adventure in Lesotho next year as well as raising money to save lives in Africa with Riders for Health. The new fundraising ride, Riders for Health Experience Africa is a unique motorcycle journey through Lesotho. This beautiful mountain kingdom in Southern Africa offers stunning mountain scenery, endless trails ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 04 December 2009

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