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Riding skills: Turning from a stop

The ever-watchable Captain Crash has some useful advice on how to pull away from a standstill turning, rather than straying too far into (potentially) harm's way.

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  • 24 June 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 ...

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  • Riding Skills
  • 24 June 2011

Riding Skills: How to get instant Motocross legend status!

Got mad Motocross skills? Want to take your place alongside Evgeny Bobryshev, Rui Gonçalves and other off-road riders nobody’s ever heard of? Now you can! Just go to: hondaworldmotocross.bfig.co.uk, enter your details, upload a photo and watch as you’re seamlessly transported into the role of Honda World Motocross’ third rider! Marvel as your name appears on a computer screen! Gasp ...

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  • 17 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 ...

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  • Riding Skills
  • 14 June 2011

Learn to ride off road with Leon Haslam

BMW is offering the chance to learn to ride off-road with World Superbike racer Leon Haslam on 24-25 July 2011. Leon will be assisting Chief Instructor Simon Pavey at BMW's Off Road Skills a few days before he heads to Silverstone for the British round of the World Superbike Championship. 28 lucky riders will be able to book a place ...

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  • Riding Skills
  • 09 June 2011

Crash Card: Every helmet should have one

There's no bigger favour you can do a paramedic – and hence yourself in the event of a crash – than keeping a Crash Card in your helmet. How do we know? Because it's the idea of the motorcyclists within the ambulance service itself. The Crash Card is a simple business-card-sized note you store inside the padding of your helmet ...

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  • Riding Skills
  • 09 June 2011

Riding skills: Kickstarting a big single, in flip flops

Proof that kickstarting big capacity single cylinder motorcycles doesn't need to a fearsome affair, courtesy of Hoo Hoo Goblin. Staring an XT500 first kick 1. Turn on the ignition, pull out the choke lever, and make sure the bike is in neutral.  Note:  Honda designed the XT to also be kick-start-able when in gear with the clutch pulled in.  If ...

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  • Riding Skills
  • 03 June 2011

Retro riding skills: “adult, impulsive and brash”

Get ready to learn some retro riding skills, Aussie style. This road safety video from the Commonwealth Film Unit was made in 1959. It shows a bunch of “too-cool-for-school” bike-mad kids getting a lesson in bike safety, track riding and essential maintenance. Motorcycles, film-making and social values may have come a hell of a long way in the past 52 ...

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  • Riding Skills
  • 03 June 2011

Esoteric riding skills #7: How to escape future 'Raptures'

Here's a good primer for any future 'Raptures' – cult-predicted ends of the world – and how you, as a motorcyclist and presumably also a sinner, are equipped to escape them. Alternatively, if you're reading this too late, the Rapture has already commenced and you can't find your key, watch this and go out with a smile.

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  • Riding Skills
  • 27 May 2011

Erzberg Rodeo 2011

Where better to test your riding skills that the Erzberg Rodeo? Dubbed “the toughest race in the world” by feverishly insistent organisers, the Austrian off-road event is based on and around the Erzberg “Ore Mountain” (1533m). Mined since the 12th century it once produced more than 800,000 tonnes of iron ore per year. Nowadays the “Iron Road” and “Iron Mountain” ...

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  • 26 May 2011

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