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Riding skills: Reconsidering the back brake

In MotoGP a consensus is emerging that it’s their fine use of the back brake that marks out the ‘aliens’ like Rossi and Stoner from the mere super-humans that make up the rest of the grid.     On the road too if you aren’t in the habit of using the back brake it might be time to reconsider – but ...

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  • Riding Skills
  • 17 February 2010

Riding Skills Video: How to lift a dropped bike

The shame of dropping your bike soon magnifies to an all-consuming mortification if you can't quickly pick it back up again.   No-one's pretending it's easy, particularly not on bigger bikes, but there's a right and a wrong way to give yourself the best chance of getting the bugger rubber-side down again. Some useful advice in this Harley video, including a ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 17 February 2010

Riding skills: Ride Almeria and get free food and booze

This sounds like a blast – three days’ track riding at Almeria in Spain, and at the end of each day you get to nosh and glug for nothing.  Hottrax is offering the package, which includes return transport for your bike from the UK (though not flights), accommodation and three meals a day, plus drinks until midnight, for just £549. ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 12 February 2010

Riding skills: do you have nightmares about cones?

Manoeuvring a bike round cones is a daunting challenge for new riders, and even experienced ones often shy away from U-turns in tight spots, comforting themselves with the thought it’s not them, it’s their big heavy bike that’s the limiting factor. Here’s a kill-or-cure dose of inspiration for you – a US police rider entering a hellish scene of infinite ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 12 February 2010

Rapid Training’s words of dubious wisdom

Advanced riding instruction outfit Rapid Training’s experts have ridden eleventy million miles between them and become undeniably handy riders and insightful trainers as a result. But when they assembled the wisdom distilled from all that two-wheeled travel for their latest newsletter – well it just goes to show you don’t have to have the wisdom of Solomon to ride a ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 02 February 2010

John Reynolds track riding tips

Former BSB hero John Reynolds has shared his tips for racing success in conjunction with Suzuki’s 25 anniversary of GSX-R celebrations. It’s not quite the equivalent of attending an intensive week-long track riding course, but it’s much quicker to absorb. There’s also a fairly smashing video montage of memorable GSX-R moments to enjoy if you resist the urge to click ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 02 February 2010

Free track-based skills days for Northants riders

Booking has opened for two free motorcycling skills and information days to be held later in the year at Silverstone Circuit and Rockingham Motor Speedway. Organised by the Northamptonshire Casualty Reduction Partnership, the BikeKraft Experience days will take place in April and May: Sunday 25 April at Silverstone Circuit, 8.30am-4.30pm, and Sunday 16 May, Rockingham Motor Speedway, 8.30am-4.30pm. The events ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 29 January 2010

California Superbike School comes to India

Reaffirming India's ripening status as the apple of the bike industry's eye, another major outfit is launching operations there ­- albeit on a trial basis. The California Superbike School will run two 2-day track training camps between 16-21 February at the Madras Motor Race Track at Irungattukottai. This is the first time that the School has coached riders in India ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 29 January 2010

Riding skills: How to try and be a good pillion

Let’s face it. If you’re riding pillion you’ve already wrecked the bike’s power-to-weight ratio, weight distribution and braking performance. The least you can do is sit nicely. They’ve bought the bike, the money’s gone, at least they’re trying to involve you. 1. Lean with the bikeThe rider has got this far in his riding career without you helping to prevent ...

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  • Riding Skills
  • 21 January 2010

Riding skills: How to bribe a border guard

It’s a commonly-held view in Britain that corruption is rife overseas and bribery is the clever man’s way to negotiate any bureaucratic minefield. In practise, this is rarely true. Done at the wrong time, or done badly, it could leave you broke or in prison. It should only be considered as a last resort. 1. Be sure it’s the only ...

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  • Riding Skills
  • 21 January 2010

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