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Nick Sanders record attempt latest

Ped Baker, 27 August 2010 17:00

Global traveller and habitual record breaker Nick Sanders is half way through his latest epic journey, to ride from the top of Alaska to the tip of Argentina. The current record for this mammoth 16,000 mile journey is 20 days, Nicks is hoping to achieve it in 18. Nick has just sent in this message to the MCN office: 'I'm ...

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International Monkey Bike meeting, Belgium

Ped Baker, 01 July 2010 10:29

The 17th (yes, really) annual international Dax meeting is being held in Vise, just south of Maastricht, on July 25th. The event promises a show, autojumble, trade stands and two "regional" ride outs. The monkey bike is prime cult material. It's impractical, slow, uncomfortable and from the 1970's. The little bikes are hugely popular in Belgium. Owners spend a fortune ...

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Riding Skills: Top ten camping essentials

Ped Baker, 22 June 2010 17:42

Camping on a bike can be a pain in the rear. The things you can't do without tend to be big (tent, sleeping bags etc) and once you've loaded them on the bike there's almost no room for anything else. Unless you're prepared to buy a Goldwing and attach a trailer you need to be ruthless in the kit you ...

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Motogiro 2010: 'You don't slice through the scenery, you're part of it'

Ped Baker, 22 June 2010 09:34

MCN's Ped Baker takes part in Motogiro - 843 miles in five days on a 60-year-old 175cc bike... I’m winding my way up a switchback mountain road, little wider than a goat track. The 175cc 1960 Motobi I’m riding is struggling to pull 20mph up the steep gradient and I stir the gearbox in a fruitless search for torque. Settling ...

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Riding skills: Avoiding a deer strike

Ped Baker, 17 June 2010 16:55

Hitting or narrowly missing a deer on a motorcycle is a terrifying experience. Deer are unpredictable, fast and, if you're unlucky enough to be faced with a Red deer, bloody big. The majority of wild animals can safely be run over or batted away under speeds of under 80mph but hit a deer at almost any speed and you'll be ...

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Win a MotoGP pillion ride at the British Grand Prix

Ped Baker, 17 June 2010 14:38

MotoGP's official charity Riders for Health is auctioning off once-in-a-lifetime pillion rides at this weekend's Silverstone British Grand Prix.   The rides will be onboard Ducati's specially adapted two-seater MotoGP bike and you'll be taken round the new Silverstone GP circuit by 500cc legend Randy Mamola. Two rides are up for grabs and will take place on either Saturday 19th or Sunday ...

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Ride California: Top 5 biker hang-outs

Ped Baker, 14 June 2010 16:19

Japan is famed for its technology, Britain for its history, and Italy for its glamour, but where is motorcycling’s heart and soul; the place where everything seems geared to an exquisite bike-based experience? Answer: California.   Travel guide: It's time to ride California Here's our top 5 biker hang-outs not to be missed in the Golden State: 1. The Rock StoreThe ...

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Ride California: Visit a chop shop

Ped Baker, 14 June 2010 16:12

Peter Fonda and the late Dennis Hopper may have popularised chopper culture in the 1969 film Easy Rider but small bike shops across the state had been building chopped and bobbed machines since the late 40’s. Travel guide: It's time to ride California A trip to California isn’t complete without returning home with at least a couple of T-shirts from ...

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Travel guide: It's time to ride California

Ped Baker, 14 June 2010 16:05

Japan is famed for its technology, Britain for its history, and Italy for its glamour, but where is motorcycling’s heart and soul; the place where everything seems geared to an exquisite bike-based experience? Answer: California.  Ride California: Visit a chop shop Ride California: Top 5 biker hang-outs California should be on every motorcyclist’s gotta-do-it destination list. The Pacific Coast Highway ...

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Preparing yourself and your bike for a long distance rally

Ped Baker, 11 June 2010 17:18

MCN's deputy editor has just returned from the five day, 843 mile Motogiro d'Italia classic rally. Here are his tips on preparing both bike and rider for any long distance riding event like the Giro.  Prepare yourselfOn paper, classic bike events such as the Motogiro d'Italia don't look that daunting. After all, 200 miles (average daily mileage) should take no ...

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