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Touring advice and destinations: Global touring on the cheap

Ped Baker, 16 October 2009 16:48

f you believe the hype, you can¹t travel round the world on anything less than a 1000cc purpose built adventure bike stacked with the latest hi-tech gadgets. Yorkshireman Nathan Millward has blown away that theory having just from returned to the UK after a 23,000 mile trip from Sydney to London on a 105cc Honda bought for just £700! Nathan ...

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Adventure touring: should you get a water filter?

Ped Baker, 16 October 2009 16:41

Water filters are ideal for jungle treks away from civilisation where you don¹t have the chance to buy bottled water but all motorcycles need roads or tracks to follow and tracks lead to people.The opportunity to buy bottled water from local sources is usually possible and this is your best bet. Some locals may try and sell you bottled water ...

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Riding skills: Filtering like a courier

Ped Baker, 09 October 2009 14:25

It's difficult not to be impressed by a seasoned courier skilfully carving through gridlocked traffic. Squeezing through the narrowest of gaps they have an almost Jedi like awareness of what's around them and seemingly make life-or-death decisions with a nanosecond of glances. What we don't usually get to see is the countless number of accidents our courier suffered in order ...

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Navigation without Satnav

Ped Baker, 02 October 2009 17:36

Transparent tops of tank bags are not put there so you can slide in a road map and attempt to look down at the map as the ride along. Even large scale Google maps and directions are too detailed to take in at a glance. The only safe way of navigating is to devise a method of easy to understand ...

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Riding skills: How to load up a bike but keep the handling sweet

Ped Baker, 02 October 2009 17:08

Unlike a car, where you can dump a couple of sacks of spuds in the boot and it have little affect on the handling, 5kg of extra weight in the wrong place on a bike will have it bobbing and weaving all over the road. Sitting on your bike, imagine a triangle that runs from the top of your head, ...

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Travel and touring: Underseat essentials

Ped Baker, 02 October 2009 16:38

It doesn't matter if your trip is just a long weekend or a full blown world tour, there are five small things every motorcyclist should never be without. All six fit into a space not much bigger than a packet of sandwiches so there's no excuse not to have them on every trip. Gaffer or Duct tapeCan be used for ...

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Riding skills: Riding in strong winds

Ped Baker, 02 October 2009 16:03

Riding in strong winds can be daunting and dangerous but learning this simple technique will help bike control and free up time to anticipate problems. The easiest way to control a bike in a crosswind is to apply pressure on the inside of the handlebar closest to the direction of the wind. In other words, if the wind is blowing ...

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Riding Skills: How to concentrate

Ped Baker, 25 September 2009 16:04

As if you needed telling, it's fairly important to concentrate when riding a motorcycle. The prospect of crashing and the exciting dynamics of a bike aren't always enough to keep us focused, especially on boring or cold long journeys. The main barriers to concentrating are boredom, anxiety and day-dreaming.Thus in improving our concentration skills we need to counteract these barriers. ...

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Safe filtering part 2: multilane carriageways

Ped Baker, 10 July 2009 17:10

A multilane carriageway at least removes some of the dangers that you face with single lane roads. For a start every vehicle is going the same direction so you're unlikely to meet another vehicle coming towards you. But because multilane roads are usually busier and faster moving, when there is a problem things tend to go wrong at an alarming ...

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Safe filtering on a single carriageway

Ped Baker, 10 July 2009 11:55

Although it’s usually done at a relatively slow speed, filtering is still a fairly dangerous motorcycling manoeuvre. I should know, a compound fracture, three operations and four months off work was the result of filtering without paying attention.  The most likely cause of an accident while filtering is impatience. Drivers stuck in traffic quickly become irritated with their lack of ...

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