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Touring advice and destinations: Global touring on the cheap

f you believe the hype, you can¹t travel round the world on anything less than a 1000cc purpose built adventure bike stacked with the latest hi-tech gadgets. Yorkshireman Nathan Millward has blown away that theory having just from returned to the UK after a 23,000 mile trip from Sydney to London on a 105cc Honda bought for just £700! Nathan ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 16 October 2009

Long distance riding tips

If you are heading out for a bit of long distance riding at any point it's worth bearing in mind these tips. Three weeks ago I rode back from Slovenia after having an exhaust fitted at the Akrapovic factory where it was designed and made. I managed to ride back the whole of the 940 miles to Calais in one ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 09 October 2009

Travel and touring: Underseat essentials

It doesn't matter if your trip is just a long weekend or a full blown world tour, there are five small things every motorcyclist should never be without. All six fit into a space not much bigger than a packet of sandwiches so there's no excuse not to have them on every trip. Gaffer or Duct tapeCan be used for ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 02 October 2009

Old man on a bike heads for India against Foreign Office advice

The Foreign Office is warning against travel to large parts of India and of a high general threat of terrorism throughout the country, but it hasn’t deterred 76-year-old biker Simon Gandolfi. The novelist and travel writer – author of last year’s brilliant Old Man on a Bike published by Harper Collins and who only passed his UK test this year ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 16 September 2009

Have you got a better bike touring photo than this?

If you have you could get it onto 2010’s Horizons Unlimited calendar – and share in the sales it generates.    The competition ends on 15 September with the 13 best photos getting included in the famous calendar, and the photographers between them sharing half the proceeds from its sales. You can enter up to six photos here: http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/contest/2009-photocontest This stunning ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 09 September 2009

Blackbird in Dijon

The 2 loves of my life, my wife and my Honda Blackbird, not necessarily in that order! A stop off in Dijon on the way to St Tropez

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 28 August 2009

Video: the truth about bike touring in South America

Londoner Graham Styles has jacked it all in to tour North, South and Central America. His mission? Apart from to stop his brain rotting, it’s to de-macho motorcycle adventure touring and, he says: “dispel the myth that this kind of exploit is only meant for the modern day Indiana Jones.” He’s doing a brilliant job of it, as this video ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 07 August 2009

“Drunk shepherds said they’d kill me in the morning”

Bike designer Nick Graveley swapped his VFR800 for an XT660R and set out to ride 30,000 miles from his mum’s house in England to his dad’s in New Zealand. Here he remembers the night some of the most hospitable people in the world turned into the scariest. “After six years of designing motorcycles and clay modelling all around the world, ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 21 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 ...

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  • Touring & travel
  • 17 July 2009

Travel advice: Planning your first European trip

Q. I've just got my first big bike, a Suzuki Bandit and I'd like to go on my first tour of Europe for a week or so. Where would you recommend I go? I was thinking of going on my own, is this wise?Fin Duss, via email A. Don¹t be tempted to do too much on your first trip. Every ...

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  • Touring & travel
  • 19 June 2009

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