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Riding skills: The best advice ever

Guy Procter, 13 August 2010 16:51

There's a mountain of good riding advice out there, and no magic fix to compete with tens of thousands of miles of practice. But sometimes one simple rule-of-thumb that's easy to remember can save your bacon more reliably than that stack of ride-better books you can't remember reading. These are ours. Tell us yours. Look further ahead (Ali) Don't hold ...

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Riding skills: Riding a planned line

Guy Procter, 13 August 2010 16:38

Knowing precisely which square inch of tarmac your front wheel is going to be on in 20 or 30 metres' time isn't often required if you're riding within your limits and the road's. As long as you're within the white lines on one side and the verge on the other, happy days, right? But it isn't just racers seeking to ...

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Riding skills: The perils of the familiar road

Guy Procter, 30 July 2010 17:39

If you’ve got a favourite road you ride again and again, don’t kid yourself you’re necessarily becoming a better and better rider – however much quicker and quicker you ride it. It takes nerve more than skill to keep going faster, lean more, brake later. The the supreme skill is being able to judge how much of each is appropriate ...

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Riding skills: high-speed cruising on an unfaired bike

Guy Procter, 22 July 2010 17:36

People would have you believe unfaired bikes without clip-ons have a cruising speed limit of 80mph. Not so. It just takes a bit more than sitting there like a pudding. Try reaching down and holding the top of the fork leg with your left hand. You only need a hand on the throttle to maintain the cruise and make gentle ...

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Riding skills: Read the lane, not the road

Guy Procter, 16 July 2010 14:34

From the moment you start paying attention to your riding, people are quick to offer the central principle of ‘reading the road’ - to follow it with your eyes as far ahead as possible. Next you start learning about vanishing points and the importance of reading those – which is to say reading the road to see where its two ...

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Riding Skills cheat: pre-scraped knee-sliders

Guy Procter, 11 June 2010 15:27

You can waste a whole lot of time and anxiety (not to mention hero-blobs or even fairing panels) chasing the knee-down dream. It really is strictly for posers on the road, and no more a guide to riding skill than flies on your helmet.     However, it’s better to set the matter to one side looking like you HAVE done it ...

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Riding skills: Riding a cruiser for the first time

Guy Procter, 11 June 2010 14:40

Ride a cruiser for the first time and you’re in for a rapid period of acclimatisation. The different weight distribution, steering geometry, riding position and ground clearance have some profound implications on how you should ride them if you’re to a) enjoy it and b) survive it.    1) You can use the back brake againCruisers’ raked-out forks and low-carried weight ...

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Riding skills: Download the free guide that's made Norwegian riders the world's safest

Guy Procter, 03 June 2010 16:32

‘Full Control’, the 57-page bike skills guide credited with dramatically raising the standard of Norwegian riders above the global average has been published in English for the first time.     The free PDF manual covers  core motorcycle skills in a robust, physics-grounded and clear way, giving you a complete picture of why bikes (and riders) do what they do.  It would ...

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Riding Skills: How to ride with a first-time pillion

Guy Procter, 03 June 2010 10:14

The first-time pillion ride is a watershed moment for both of you. For them it could be the moment they fall in love with two-wheeled speed for life or the time they’re set on a path of anti-bike radicalism that ends in a career in the EU. For you it’s your chance to become fixed in their mind as the ...

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Riding skills: Decreasing radius bends

Guy Procter, 28 May 2010 14:12

Also known in-helmet as the shit-shit-shit-shit-shit bend, the decreasing radius corner isn’t a problem to be tackled in isolation – it’s a test of the fundamentals of your riding skills, namely looking ahead, reading the vanishing point and steering a planned line. If you get a scare from a turn that tightens up, don’t worry about making a special effort ...

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