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Module 1 difficult?

I took my module 1 bike test last Wednesday and I have to say I found it quite easy. I had four lessons beforehand, never having sat on a motorbike before, let alone controlled one. The bit that I struggled with most in practice was the U turn but the two white lines in the test centre are so far apart that you could ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 18 May 2012

128 ways to dump your bike

An oldie but a goodie, this list of 128 ways to drop your bike isn’t just worth a laugh, it raises some useful points too. Obviously the writer has a bit of an issue with side-stands (around a third of the drops are failing-to-deploy-support-stand related), but the rest cover everything from pillion activity to poor road surfaces and just plain ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 08 July 2011

Retro riding skills: “adult, impulsive and brash”

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 ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 03 June 2011

Know the track: Mallory Park

In a nut shellOne a pony-trotting track, Mallory then went on to host grass track meetings. Road racing started here in 1956. Small and friendly, it stimulates some fiery action, despite being a short track at just 1.35 miles in length.  Key to a good lapThere are just five corner at Mallory Park, although one of them – Gerards – ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 02 December 2010

Riding skills: high-speed cruising on an unfaired bike

People would have you believe unfaired bikes without clip-ons have a cruising speed limit of 80mph. Not so. It just takes a bit more than sitting there like a pudding. Try reaching down and holding the top of the fork leg with your left hand. You only need a hand on the throttle to maintain the cruise and make gentle ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 22 July 2010

Module 1 test - it's extremely unsafe

I too have recently taken my Module 1 test and I was failed for doing 49kph through the speed trap, although I completed a 62 kph emergency stop. I had completed all other skills without fault. It felt extremely unsafe. I think they should allow 10% margin for error as allowed under construction and use regs for speedos in Europe.

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 19 July 2010

Videos: Riding safety advice the French way

French road safety authorities have chanced on a novel and surprisingly effective way of getting the message across about wearing the right gear – by grinding up fruit and veg. Enjoy.   This new advertising campaign directs a researcher using food to show what happens when you crash without protections. A clever way to make the riders aware of the road ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 09 July 2010

How to ride an electric bike

We recently rode the Mavizen TTX02, the world¹s first production electric superbike. Here's what it taught us about future adjustments we'll need to make to our riding - and things we can keep doing the same. First and foremost, it's as simple to ride as a scooter; there's no clutch or gearbox - just twist the throttle and off you go. There ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 21 May 2010

Am I to blame for crash while overtaking?

Q. Last year I was the victim of a pretty bad motorcycle accident where I ended up with a fractured pelvis and arm. I was following a couple of friends on a rideout. They had overtaken a line of three or four cars ahead and I was overtaking the same cars when one of them pulled across me without indicating, ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 07 May 2010

Riding Skills: How to do a stoppie

Otherwise known as the endo, the stoppie is an underwhelming trick that’s hard on your bike and fraught with danger and potential embarrassment. So let’s get on with it. 1. Take the bike to 20mphGrip the tank with your knees in readiness 2. Pull in the clutchKeep your upper body, arms and shoulders rigid, and lift your bum just out ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 08 January 2010

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