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Esoteric riding skills no3: 'Powerwalking'

We've covered some splendidly arcane riding skills in this series so far, but this one's a doozy. A full two minutes forty-eight dedicated to the vanishing art of paddling your bike around under a little bit of power. It's a topic that needs confident steering between the twin hazards of complete redundancy and bleedin' obviousness, but armed with phrases like ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 15 April 2010

Riding skills: It happens to the best of us...

Super-skilled stunt ace Kevin Carmichael proved that mishaps happen to the very best of us, at this year’s MCN Scottish Motorcycle Show. Blamed on a too-cold front tyre on the Triumph Street Triple he was riding, Kevin was soon up and stunting again, proving what a dedicated crowd-pleaser he is. So don’t beat yourself up if you’ve had an embarrassing ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 01 April 2010

North Wales offers free BikeSafe courses

North Wales Police’s new enlightened approach to motorcyclists continues further out of Brunstrom’s darkness, with their free 2010 BikeSafe programme. Two two-day courses are available, one focused purely on riding skills and one on ‘FBoS’ (First Bike on Scene first aid). Both are free to the rider after North Wales Police negoitated funding from local councils. Places are limited and ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 01 April 2010

How to spot the Humberside Hayabusa NOT to be egged-on by

Humberside police have helpfully posted this somewhat threatening video about how fast they can ride on their Hayabusa, in use as part of their ‘Operation Achilles’ bike-nabbing scheme. The silver Hayabusa is seen riding in pursuit of (and sometimes not in pursuit) at speeds of up to 109mph. “Are you watching your riding?” asks PC Glen Dennis, “Because we are”. ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 26 March 2010

Riding skills: Are you a Megarider?

The internet is chockful advice higher on style than content, and usually designed to serve an aim slightly to one side of just helping you ride better. But here’s a notable exception. Megarider is a non-profit operation from New Zealand which dispenses riding advice both free and at a reasonable cost for downloadable e-books. Maybe it’s because they’re a long ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 25 March 2010

Esoteric riding skills no2: the right way to think about putting your bike on its centrestand

Following the first instalment of our new esoteric riding skills series we were delighted to hear from the don of obscure riding wisdom himself, author Pat Hahn. He delivers estoteric riding skill no2. We hope there’ll be plenty more to come: ‘Related to centrestands, it just came to me one day, how to think about it. "The idea is not ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 19 March 2010

How to ride like Casey

The most thorough investigation yet into what makes Stoner able to ride the 800cc Desmosedici so much faster than anyone else has revealed some fascinating insights into his technique. The full story appears in the new edition of MCN Sport magazine (out 5 April), but here’s some of the light Stoner’s mate Chaz Davies, who rode a GP7 several times ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 19 March 2010

Riding skills video: How to start a 1914 Indian Motorcycle

Are you nostalgic for the good old days of motorcycling? Do you think everything started to go wrong once we lost the kickstart? Then you're right, as long by good you mean troublesome and by 'old days' you mean about 1910.      Watch this video and boggle at how motorcycling ever caught on:  

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 05 March 2010

Riding skills video: How not to ride in the city

With the Greek economic crisis much in the news, here’s one rider in Athens who won’t have to worry about the family finances much longer. Coupling an undeniably impressive ability to get from A-to-B with the minimum of delay with a truly giddying disregard for safety, we’re pleased and astonished to say this video ends happily. It’s a good lesson ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 26 February 2010

Esoteric riding skills no1: Putting your bike on its sidestand on hot tarmac

We ploughed through 150 pages of Pat Hahn’s excellent ‘Maximum Control – Mastering Your Heavyweight Bike’ to unearth this little treasure: ‘Be careful with parking on hot asphalt, which can suck a sidestand down and leave you with a bike to pick up. 'If you know the surface is soft, find a painted line to set your sidestand on; the ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 26 February 2010

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