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Sometimes you just can’t win.

Dan Aspel, 10 September 2010 14:39

Sometimes you just can’t win. You’re riding along on a low-powered touring bike, taking in the scenery, breathing deeply and slowly and then… … we won’t spoil the surprise. The rider apparently escaped with nothing worse than a lower leg fracture, thankfully.

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Teacher returns from 52,000km African odyssey

Dan Aspel, 20 August 2010 15:14

A teacher from the UK has become the first person to traverse Africa solo by bike. Spencer Conway spent 286 days, 3 hours and 30 minutes (to be precise) circumnavigating the African continent by bike. He returned home to Biddenden, Kent earlier this week and was reunited with his girlfriend and two daughters. As part of his trip, which was ...

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Touring Europe on a Street Triple

Dan Aspel, 13 August 2010 16:19

Next time you’re struggling to fit luggage on your naked street bike spare a thought for Maxime Duponchel and Jean-François Baude. The two French friends are riding the length and breadth of Europe with all their clothes, kit, supplies and rations strapped to their diminutive Street Triples. Magnetic luggage sits on their tanks, soft luggage hangs from the sides, top ...

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Top 5 Motorcycle Travel Books

Dan Aspel, 06 August 2010 15:24

If you’re thinking of making a long summer motorcycle trek, but haven’t quite committed yet, here are some books that will have you on the road before you’ve finished the first chapter. 1. Jupiter’s travels by Ted Simon is arguably the most famous and most influential book about motorcycle travel ever written. Over four years, 63,000 miles and 54 countries, ...

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Great Italian Roadtrip

Dan Aspel, 23 July 2010 17:05

How does this sound for a prize? Riding across one of Europe’s most beautiful countries, snapping photos and blogging about your exploits all on a brand new Italian bike. Well, the organisers of xbhp.com, an Indian biking über-site, are running a beautifully illustrated example of exactly that. Dubbed the Great Italian Roadtrip, xBhp ran a competition to find an Indian ...

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Sibirsky Extreme Tour

Dan Aspel, 23 July 2010 16:51

If you’ve ever wanted to visit the wild lands of eastern Russia you may want to point your browser at: www.sibirskyextreme.com The Sibirsky team run an extensive blog covering their ongoing attempts to explore more and more of the unforgiving tundra, forest and bog. They also run their own tours of the region, with the Siberian Extreme 2010 expedition currently ...

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How to cope with a dropped adventure bike

Dan Aspel, 16 July 2010 17:42

Adventure bikes are the only machines you’d want to take out into the wilderness for any length of time. They’re stable, powerful and, most importantly, reliable. The down side is… all this ability comes with a high weight rating. Load your bike up with everything you’ll need to survive on the road and you’re talking 300+ kg. Unsurprisingly, this makes ...

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Top 5 alternative touring bikes

Dan Aspel, 09 July 2010 17:22

Thinking of heading across the world on two wheels? A sensible rider would lock and load a big, sensible touring bike with tried and tested, top of the range kit.  But if you’re a little eccentric, a little wayward or just plain mad, here’s range of bikes that could (technically) get you there on a thimbleful of fuel.              ...

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Gold rush for US Harleys

Dan Aspel, 29 June 2010 16:26

As if riding coast-to-coast on a Harley wasn’t already tempting enough, a prize of half a million dollars is up for grabs for the winner of unique event currently taking place in the US. The Hoka Hey Challenge runs from Key West, Florida to Homer, Alaska between 20 June and 3 July.   Entry is restricted to air-cooled Harley riders with ...

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Biking paradise adventures with Redtread Honda

Dan Aspel, 21 June 2010 15:27

Honda's off-road experience Redtread has opened a new location in Morocco with the first tour scheduled for the start of September. Redtread will be offering week-long guided trips to the Atlas Mountains, although shorter trips can be tailor-made if required. This is their first operation outside of Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountains.    The tours begin in Marrakesh, accessible from a number ...

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