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Ride like King Kenny Roberts

Guy Procter, 11 July 2011 16:46

Inspired by Kenny Roberts' still-got-it performance at the Festival of 1000 Bikes at Mallory? You couldn't fail to be. So if you fancy benefiting from the tiniest shard of genius thrown from the master, you could do worse than watch this. We trust Babelgum has full licensing clearance to screen the classic Champions: Kenny Roberts doc in full (a quick ...

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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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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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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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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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Three ways to load a bike for transporting

Guy Procter, 08 April 2011 17:25

Wrong Wrong Right When you've suffered the indignity -­ and expense -­ of a motorcycle falling over in a van you want to make sure it will never, ever happen again. And that's after you've shot a couple of vertebrae out of place trying to get the bike in the van. Muscle power and string can conquer all, but when ...

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How to make a cruiser outhandle a supertourer

Guy Procter, 01 April 2011 17:29

Believe. And scrape a bit.

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Esoteric riding skills no5: stunt washing

Guy Procter, 10 September 2010 13:57

We’d all rather ride than wash our bikes, right? Now, with the simple expedient of learning a few simple additional skills you need no longer choose between the two. Ideally not practiced on a bike with a gaping air intake right in the water’s way, but then evidently that doesn’t matter much either. NB – there’s some irrelevant stunt riding ...

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