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Touring advice: How to pack for a road trip in California

Q. I am going on a two week tour of California on a bike, I've never been on a long bike tour so I'm not sure what to pack. What should I take along? How many changes of clothes will I need? Will I be able to get away with one textile suit or will it start to smell a ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 29 May 2009

Touring Scotland on the fastest depreciating bike

So, according to MCN, the Benelli Tornado LE is the fastest depreciating bike by a country mile. I won't even start questioning your source information (apart from to say that the last 4 to sell on the second hand market have averaged over 8k; a lot more than you reckon they are worth). This is not about sour grapes, it ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 12 May 2009

Travel advice: Taking your bike on the ferry

MCN expert Ped Baker is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I'm going down to Barcelona with a friend on bikes to watch a football match. We are going to get the Ferry across the channel. How will our bikes be secured? Will I need to take ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 08 May 2009

Short Way Down!

My husband, Rich suggested that he and I take our bikes to France for the weekend; he said it would be a “mini adventure” and good practice for me having just got my first big bike a SV650S. Our neighbours have a house in Normandy which they said we could stay in and Richard wanted to visit the D Day ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 04 October 2008

Barry Sheene Challenge 2008: Keeping up with the boys

Within 30 seconds of the first bike firing up, the men were on the road, leaving me still tucking stray hair into my lid.    I learned quickly.  If I was going to stay close, anything that might possibly be useful at any time of the day had to be worn... and the helmet stayed put.  A consequent photo shows a ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 11 September 2008

How to keep biking down to a sweet roar

Keen bikers might shake their heads in disbelief, but I've been guilty of denial and procrastination over this since Jan '02, when I began blasting out along the M1 to Watford every weekday on an 1150GS. Boy does that wind howl in your ears at... ahem... 70mph. Ear plugs seemed an obvious solution. But the little yellow foam ones had ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 02 September 2008

Video: How to make the best of a trip to the Nurburgring

MCN senior road tester Michael Neeves took his longtermer Suzuki GSX-R750 on a three day trip to the most demanding road circuit in the world, the Nurburgring, and he brings you this video guide to the journey. Find a Suzuki GSX-R750 for sale Read the Suzuki GSX-R750 review Follow Neeves in this video diary as he travels along the twisty roads ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 12 June 2008

Compulsory lights

It relates to the compulsory use of head lights by all vehicles. I was recently in the Czech Republic and the driver of the car I was in flashed the car in front. I asked why he had done it and he explained that it was now a legal requirement in the Czech Republic to have lights on during the ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 11 April 2008


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