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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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How to… protect your garage with a pet lion

Dan Aspel, 08 April 2011 16:00

Fed up of bike thieves preying on your garage? This solution from Mexico could be the most ingenious response to bike theft yet. The story goes that, tired of having his garage raided for equipment, a mechanic across the Atlantic convinced the neighbourhood that he had a Mexican Lion protecting his premises. A few locals caught site of the beast ...

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The best 'How to pass your bike test' book ever?

MCN, 01 April 2011 17:33

MCN is happy to announce the publication of a book in which it has an emotional but not financial vested interest. It's called 'Pass the bike test (and be a great rider too!)' and it's co-authored by MCN contributing editor Rupert Paul. It's brand new and soon to be reviewed in full, but in case you were about to buy ...

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Ron Haslam Race School 2011 dates

MCN Newsdesk, 24 March 2011 12:05

"Rocket" Ron Haslam's Race School has announced its course dates for this year's racing season, with places still available to book from April onwards.   Held exclusively at Silverstone, the courses use a variety of Hondas - ranging from the CBR125 to the CBR600 and CBR1000 - to teach basic to advanced track riding skills.   Dates throughout April and ...

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Turn-in points on the road

MCN, 25 February 2011 16:30

We're often told to use a deeper turn entry point on bends to improve visibility through the corner, but some people worry that it makes the corner sharper at the point of turn which loads up the front tyre and increases the risk of a crash which seems to defeat the object. But it's all a matter of degree, if ...

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Riding in town

MCN, 25 February 2011 16:20

Town and city roads can be some of the most difficult and hazardous for bike and scooter riders. If you use your bike for commuting everyday then chances are you’re already doing a fair bit of town riding. It really is very different to being out on the open road. Here's a few tips on styaing safe on city streets. ...

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Ride like a Japanese copper

MCN Riding Skills, 04 February 2011 17:23

To see how police pursuit riders handle a bike in the land of the rising sun, check out this clip. This low-speed leaning around tightly packed traffic cones shows some impressive control of a fully panniered Honda Deauville. Worth investigating, afterall confident high-speed control is just the result of excellent low-speed control. See the video here

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Know the track: Thruxton

Dan Aspel, 23 November 2010 15:35

In a nut-shell: Like Snetterton, Thruxton is an airfield circuit and is one of the fastest tracks in the UK. It was once home to Britain’s major long-distance events and lent its name to several celebrated British bikes. Race meetings are relatively few in recent years. As a track it’s equally demanding of a machine’s handling and a rider’s bottle. ...

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Know the track: Donington Park

Dan Aspel, 18 November 2010 09:20

In a nut shellBased in Leicestershire, Donington is wide and flowing with a predominance of medium-speed bends. Key to a good lapGearing should be a compromise between straights and corners. Try and strive for the best possible drive out of each of them, although this isn’t always the easiest thing to achieve. Watch out forIn the wet it can be ...

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