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Places still available for Moto Giro Italia

Ped Baker, 18 February 2010 11:55

The Moto Giro Italia is undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest motorcycling events. Run over five days through the glorious north Italian countryside, the Giro follows the format of ‘ability trials’ popular in the 1950s. The classic event is open to small capacity machines from the 50s and 60s plus there’s a tourist class for modern machines of any capacity.    ...

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Adventure touring: The 10 rules of the road.

Ped Baker, 27 November 2009 17:21

Grant and Susan Johnson (Horizonsunlimited.com) share their top ten rules of the road. Their travels have spanned 14 years, 39 countries and over 100,000 km so they should know a thing or two. This is their top ten... 1. Just because the next town on your route is on the map doesn't mean it's big enough for a gas station. ...

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How to get a cheap cabin on a cross channel ferry

Ped Baker, 27 November 2009 16:37

Thanks to Alexlebrit on the Horizons Unlimited HUBB for this great tip on getting a cheap ferry cabin. When you book your crossing (either online or on the phone) only book a reclining seat. When you arrive at the port (earlier the better), go into the foot-passenger check-in and ask for a shared cabin. They're not sold online, and not ...

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Travel and touring: Vodka: the cure for smelly bike boots

Ped Baker, 06 November 2009 14:05

Bike touring can be a sweaty and smelly business below the knees. By their very nature motorcycle boots are hefty items and even the very best vents and breathable linings will struggle when the temperatures or humidity rises. A build up of bacteria creates a stomach churning stink that talc and charcoal inserts just won't shift. The solution is vodka. The ...

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Travel and touring: Which documents to take?

Ped Baker, 05 November 2009 09:24

Vehicle registrationDon't leave home without genuine registration documents (not photocopies).The information on it needs to match your Carnet de Passage if you need one (see below). International driving licence (IDP)Available from the AA this is a special licence for tourists and proof that the holder possesses a valid licence issued by a competent authority in their country of residence. There are ...

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Bike security abroad

Ped Baker, 29 October 2009 09:28

Bike security when you're touring is usually a compromise between convenience, weight and location. Save £££s on motorcycle locks and chains Heavy chains and locks take up too much room in already crowded luggage and taking a shorter, lighter chain limits the opportunities to attach the bike to immovable street furniture. You'll also have a limited idea of safe locations, ...

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Packing up and strapping down

Ped Baker, 28 October 2009 17:13

Canoe sacks make brilliant motorcycle luggage. They come in a variety of sizes, the roll down opening makes them completely waterproof and the long sausage shape is ideal for strapping to a rear rack. Save £££s on motorcycle luggage The problem is, it's all too easy to ram your gear in and then tightly ratchet the sack onto the bike ...

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Riding skills: riding dirt roads

Ped Baker, 23 October 2009 17:02

Riding a fully loaded adventure bike down a bumpy dirt road can be daunting.The rough stuff requires different techniques to riding on Tarmac. On a smooth surface you can pretty much get away with sitting fairly stationary on your bike, off-road you need to use you body weight to help balance the bike. The best way to achieve balance off-road is ...

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£3 emergency sim card for the global traveller

Ped Baker, 23 October 2009 09:55

Mobile phones are an essential tool for long distance touring. Not only do they keep you in touch with loved ones but could become a lifesaver if you need to call for help. The trouble is, venture to more unusual countries and there¹s no guarantee the mobile network you use at home will talk to the local network of the ...

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Riding skills: Stopping accidents before they happen

Ped Baker, 16 October 2009 16:52

If you ride a motorcycle it¹s practically inevitable that one day you¹ll crash it. Motorcycles are inherently unstable. Unlike a car, if you don¹t use the controls in the correct way the bike will fall over. With luck, toppling off your bike at low speed will be the worst crash you¹ll ever have but there are simple ways to prevent ...

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