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Riding Skills: Stunting. In Reverse.

Dan Aspel, 30 June 2011 12:39

Lithuanian stunt rider Virginijus Zukauskas has either: 1. Managed to bend time and physics to his will Or 2. Put his stunt video in reverse Either way, this clip makes some freaky viewing.

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Riding skills: Turning from a stop

Guy Procter, 24 June 2011 16:07

The ever-watchable Captain Crash has some useful advice on how to pull away from a standstill turning, rather than straying too far into (potentially) harm's way.

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Riding skills: Why your brain makes you ride like you do

Rupert Paul, 24 June 2011 15:41

I'm writing this on a beautiful English summer's day. The birds are twittering, the sun is hot, and for the past couple of hours I've been listening bike after bike burble up the street before hitting the edge of town and howling into the open countryside beyond. I've been welding up a trailer, but the urge to drop everything and ...

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Riding Skills: How to get instant Motocross legend status!

MCN Riding Skills, 17 June 2011 14:38

Got mad Motocross skills? Want to take your place alongside Evgeny Bobryshev, Rui Gonçalves and other off-road riders nobody’s ever heard of? Now you can! Just go to: hondaworldmotocross.bfig.co.uk, enter your details, upload a photo and watch as you’re seamlessly transported into the role of Honda World Motocross’ third rider! Marvel as your name appears on a computer screen! Gasp ...

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Riding skills: How hard can I brake?(And what stops me braking harder?)

Rupert Paul, 14 June 2011 10:59

Trying to answer this question on a real road, with a real bike, is bloody good fun. It’s also something almost anyone can get good at with enough practice – and it’s not quite as lethally dangerous as it sounds. More of which later. So how hard, then? Roughly speaking, a good rider on a good bike on a dry ...

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Learn to ride off road with Leon Haslam

Anonymous, 09 June 2011 16:54

BMW is offering the chance to learn to ride off-road with World Superbike racer Leon Haslam on 24-25 July 2011. Leon will be assisting Chief Instructor Simon Pavey at BMW's Off Road Skills a few days before he heads to Silverstone for the British round of the World Superbike Championship. 28 lucky riders will be able to book a place ...

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Crash Card: Every helmet should have one

Guy Procter, 09 June 2011 15:46

There's no bigger favour you can do a paramedic – and hence yourself in the event of a crash – than keeping a Crash Card in your helmet. How do we know? Because it's the idea of the motorcyclists within the ambulance service itself. The Crash Card is a simple business-card-sized note you store inside the padding of your helmet ...

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Riding skills: Kickstarting a big single, in flip flops

Ped Baker, 03 June 2011 17:29

Proof that kickstarting big capacity single cylinder motorcycles doesn't need to a fearsome affair, courtesy of Hoo Hoo Goblin. Staring an XT500 first kick 1. Turn on the ignition, pull out the choke lever, and make sure the bike is in neutral.  Note:  Honda designed the XT to also be kick-start-able when in gear with the clutch pulled in.  If ...

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Retro riding skills: “adult, impulsive and brash”

Dan Aspel, 03 June 2011 15:14

Get ready to learn some retro riding skills, Aussie style. This road safety video from the Commonwealth Film Unit was made in 1959. It shows a bunch of “too-cool-for-school” bike-mad kids getting a lesson in bike safety, track riding and essential maintenance. Motorcycles, film-making and social values may have come a hell of a long way in the past 52 ...

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Esoteric riding skills #7: How to escape future 'Raptures'

Guy Procter, 27 May 2011 17:31

Here's a good primer for any future 'Raptures' – cult-predicted ends of the world – and how you, as a motorcyclist and presumably also a sinner, are equipped to escape them. Alternatively, if you're reading this too late, the Rapture has already commenced and you can't find your key, watch this and go out with a smile.

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