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Armed bike tours… in Iraq

Dan Aspel, 17 March 2011 15:39

A British tour company is offering bike tours of northern Iraq, under the watchful eye of AK-47-toting guards. The £3,000 trip lasts six days and covers 900-miles of breathtaking mountain scenery through the Erbil and Kirkuk regions of Iraqi Kurdistan. Organiser Steve Askin of TrailRidingUK’s “Iraq Challenge” told MCN: “I’ve already managed to get a couple of Iraqi police officers ...

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3000-mile Moroccan tour with BMW

Dan Aspel, 16 February 2011 15:58

A 3000-mile, 16-day bike tour to Morocco and back is being organised for this Spring by BMW. Riders will stay overnight in Spanish paradors in the Andalucian Mountains, visit the medieval city of Fes, ride through the Atlas Mountains and have the chance to get off-road in the Sahara. The route follows in the tyre-tracks of a trip run by ...

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Riding with a pillion

Dan Aspel, 04 February 2011 17:48

Riding with a pillion is a great way to introduce someone to the world of biking. It's also a great way to impress people with your mastery of your big, loud, scary motorcycle. Here's some top tips to ride confidently with a passenger: Make sure your pillion is wearing all the right gear, nothing's more important than their safety and they ...

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20,000 miles in a sidecar, with the wife!

Dan Aspel, 26 January 2011 16:31

> Motorcycling couple currently making TV show about relationships – while touring UK in a sidecar > They've already travelled 20,000 miles through the Americas > MCN gets the inside story After meeting on a dating website, Mike and Alanna Clear decided they would investigate how marriages work by riding through North and South America in a Ural sidecar and ...

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Free motorcycle safety course

Dan Aspel, 06 January 2011 15:51

A Dorset based motorcycling group is offering a series of free safety presentations to motorcyclists this February and March. Presented by a qualified civilian police riding instructor, the “Dorchester & West Dorset Advanced Motorcyclists Group” courses are designed to make motorcyclists more skilled, confident and controlled on the road. Three 2hr theory presentations will be given on Friday 18th Feb, ...

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Austin Vince speaking dates

Dan Aspel, 06 January 2011 15:19

DIY travel expert Austin Vince has announced the dates of his Jan/Feb 2011 speaking tour. You can hear about Austin’s Mondo Enduro travels, how he did it, and why everybody should get globetrotting on their bike at the following venues: 18th Jan - Ipswich20th Jan - Exeter21st Jan - Dorchester20th Feb - Ace Cafe Adventure day22nd Feb - Brighton 24th ...

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Toseland plays the blues for local charity

Dan Aspel, 20 December 2010 11:57

World Champion James Toseland will be playing piano at a two night charity event at the Working Men’s Club in Higham Ferrers, Northants on the 27th-28th December. Toseland will be joined by the Fillet-o-Soul band, a group made up of musicians from the Jools Hollands show and the Strictly Come Dancing band.   There will be a raffle where you can ...

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Know the track: Silverstone

Dan Aspel, 17 December 2010 13:06

In a nut shellFollowing a £5m renovation for 2010, Silverstone became the UK’s official MotoGP venue, as well as hosting the British round of WSB. The Grand Prix circuit is a staggering 3.667 miles long. Key to a good lapLapping fast at Silverstone is all about making the most of the fast corners, and the fastest one is the first ...

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Riding skills: Beware black ice

Dan Aspel, 02 December 2010 13:38

This video, shot in the Vancouver area, shows the dangers of black ice on an apparently clear road.  As the road was slightly elevated above sea level, rain water that fell in previously warm conditions began to freeze as the sun started to set. The bike began to lowside as grip was lost on the black ice, then as soon ...

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Know the track: Mallory Park

Dan Aspel, 02 December 2010 13:33

In a nut shellOne a pony-trotting track, Mallory then went on to host grass track meetings. Road racing started here in 1956. Small and friendly, it stimulates some fiery action, despite being a short track at just 1.35 miles in length.  Key to a good lapThere are just five corner at Mallory Park, although one of them – Gerards – ...

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