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Erzberg Rodeo 2011

Dan Aspel, 26 May 2011 16:58

Where better to test your riding skills that the Erzberg Rodeo? Dubbed “the toughest race in the world” by feverishly insistent organisers, the Austrian off-road event is based on and around the Erzberg “Ore Mountain” (1533m). Mined since the 12th century it once produced more than 800,000 tonnes of iron ore per year. Nowadays the “Iron Road” and “Iron Mountain” ...

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How to ride your bike backwards

Dan Aspel, 19 May 2011 16:44

Perspective is everything in life. Falling into familiar habits and patterns can make life seem so drab and repetitious. Consult the pop-psychology books of Edward De Bono, the "Self Help" shelf of your local bookshop, or even the horoscope section of your daily rag and one precept will consistently shine through: change is good. Variety is the spice of life... ...

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Esoteric riding skills #6: How to wash a passing train

MCN, 11 May 2011 15:00

Motorcyclists have a lot to thank trains for. They take loads off roads, leaving them more pleasant places to ride, they rarely pull out unexpectedly and their high ticket prices and late running put a powerful pro-motorcycling case to commuters daily. How can we even begin to repay this debt? A man in Pakistan has a plan.

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How not to be overawed by your big adventure tourer

Guy Procter, 11 May 2011 14:32

Okay, this is more inspiration than information, but just realising how cumbersome your big adventure tourer needn’t be can be very empowering. Here we see how well even one of the biggest – Yamaha’s XTZ1200 Super Tenere – responds to being bossed, courtesy of an as yet un-named Greek rider and his ‘urban enduro’ antics.

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Esoteric riding skills no.5: How to ride round the rim of a giant sandstone pothole

Guy Procter, 06 May 2011 15:49

Granted it’s not a widespread challenge riders face, but if and when you are, then any information becomes very relevant indeed. The man in this next video wants to graduate to giant sandstone pothole rim riding, but sensibly has opted to start with something smaller. Key learnings: 1 Keep the throttle on2 Look ahead3 Grip the tank with your knees4 ...

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Riding skills: How to get on a motorcycle

Guy Procter, 06 May 2011 14:14

Failure to mount a motorcycle properly can lead to poor forward vision and throttle control, and it’s a growing problem among predominantly slender, female new riders. Deterred by the complexity of explaining this key task adequately, magazines and instructors have shied away from it for years. So we’re incredibly thankful to American training outfit Motorcycle Riding Concepts who’ve managed to ...

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Riding skills: How to bump start a motorcycle

Ped Baker, 28 April 2011 15:18

Bump starting a motorcycle is a black art. Experienced riders make it look easy but as the hapless guy in the clip proves, there's a lot to go wrong. First check the obvious stuff like the kill switch, side stand switch, petrol and ignition. Bump starting is tiring work so you want to give yourself the best chance of nailing ...

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Staying safe in spring showers

Ped Baker, 21 April 2011 16:35

Even if you're a committed fair weather rider the chances of being caught out in a heavy rain shower at this time of year are high. If you're not used to or are not prepared for riding in wet weather a sunny Sunday blast can quickly turn into a bum clenching nightmare. But it doesn't have to be like that. ...

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Off-roading with Patsy Quick

MCN, 21 April 2011 16:10

In this week's MCN - on sale 27 April - we have an in-depth interview with Dakar veteran Patsy Quick. You may already know Patsy as the first British woman to finish the legendarily tough endurance race. What you may not know is that she runs her own off-road school, which operates courses and tours all over the UK and ...

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Tips for taking your road skills to the dirt

Tips for taking your road skills to the dirt, 15 April 2011 17:43

If you’re a road rider and are thinking of trying your hand in the dirt, check out these tips for a safer, more enjoyable experience. Click here

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