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Esoteric riding skills no5: stunt washing

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 ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 10 September 2010

Riding skills: The perils of the familiar road

If you’ve got a favourite road you ride again and again, don’t kid yourself you’re necessarily becoming a better and better rider – however much quicker and quicker you ride it. It takes nerve more than skill to keep going faster, lean more, brake later. The the supreme skill is being able to judge how much of each is appropriate ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 30 July 2010

Riding Skills cheat: pre-scraped knee-sliders

You can waste a whole lot of time and anxiety (not to mention hero-blobs or even fairing panels) chasing the knee-down dream. It really is strictly for posers on the road, and no more a guide to riding skill than flies on your helmet.     However, it’s better to set the matter to one side looking like you HAVE done it ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 11 June 2010

Riding skills: Download the free guide that's made Norwegian riders the world's safest

‘Full Control’, the 57-page bike skills guide credited with dramatically raising the standard of Norwegian riders above the global average has been published in English for the first time.     The free PDF manual covers  core motorcycle skills in a robust, physics-grounded and clear way, giving you a complete picture of why bikes (and riders) do what they do.  It would ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 03 June 2010

Riding skills: Decreasing radius bends

Also known in-helmet as the shit-shit-shit-shit-shit bend, the decreasing radius corner isn’t a problem to be tackled in isolation – it’s a test of the fundamentals of your riding skills, namely looking ahead, reading the vanishing point and steering a planned line. If you get a scare from a turn that tightens up, don’t worry about making a special effort ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 28 May 2010

Riding skills: 60 second swerving school

Here’s an entertaining skills-merchant we haven’t come across before. Capt Crash from Idaho specialises in brief, chipper riding skills videos. Short, sharp and sensible, they’re the antidote to the often dry and worthy vids out there. This one’s about swerving.

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 30 April 2010

Riding skills: Pan European v Harley-Davidson Road King at 0.1mph

Roll up, roll up! It’s motorcycle Banzai time. Place your bits on which bike will triumph in a spectactular low-speed demonstration of riding skill. The hefty, low-revving Harley or the top-heavy Pan? It’s a fight to the death, and only one of the pair emerges unscathed. Straight after, there’s a demonstration at the same event last week of a solo ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 23 April 2010

Riding skills video: Get Bikesafe skills sat at your desk

Devon and Cornwall Police have posted this useful taster of their Bikesafe training days, giving you a skimmed version of the core skills.   It feels good to rebuild your road riding from the ground up and if that means going slower than normal but getting your lines and road positioning spot-on, it makes for a stronger platform on which to ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 23 April 2010

Esoteric riding skills no3: 'Powerwalking'

We've covered some splendidly arcane riding skills in this series so far, but this one's a doozy. A full two minutes forty-eight dedicated to the vanishing art of paddling your bike around under a little bit of power. It's a topic that needs confident steering between the twin hazards of complete redundancy and bleedin' obviousness, but armed with phrases like ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 15 April 2010

Esoteric riding skills no2: the right way to think about putting your bike on its centrestand

Following the first instalment of our new esoteric riding skills series we were delighted to hear from the don of obscure riding wisdom himself, author Pat Hahn. He delivers estoteric riding skill no2. We hope there’ll be plenty more to come: ‘Related to centrestands, it just came to me one day, how to think about it. "The idea is not ...

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  • Riding Skills
  • 19 March 2010

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