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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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What filling up in Malawi reveals about the F800GS

Guy Procter, 12 May 2011 16:46

Here’s a great argument for the superiority of the F800GS over its bigger brother, the R1200GS. It’s lighter, goes further on a tank of gas, is easier to pick up when you (inevitably) drop it, and it’s even fun at filling up time. Where’s the filler cap? Not buried under the tankbag, no sirree! Mega handy when you’re going for ...

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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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Video: F650GS round Iceland

Guy Procter, 30 July 2010 17:30

Anyone doubting the adventure bike credentials of the non-Charley-and-Ewan-endorsed F650GS, or the quality of Iceland as an adventure touring destination, or the joy of riding someone else’s bike round the great wild yonder should watch this video. If you experience no itch in either of your feet while doing so, you’ll know you’re dead.

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Riding skills: 60 second swerving school

Guy Procter, 30 April 2010 11:32

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.

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Riding skills video: Get Bikesafe skills sat at your desk

Guy Procter, 23 April 2010 13:15

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 ...

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How to spot the Humberside Hayabusa NOT to be egged-on by

Guy Procter, 26 March 2010 10:02

Humberside police have helpfully posted this somewhat threatening video about how fast they can ride on their Hayabusa, in use as part of their ‘Operation Achilles’ bike-nabbing scheme. The silver Hayabusa is seen riding in pursuit of (and sometimes not in pursuit) at speeds of up to 109mph. “Are you watching your riding?” asks PC Glen Dennis, “Because we are”. ...

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Riding skills video: How to start a 1914 Indian Motorcycle

Guy Procter, 05 March 2010 14:17

Are you nostalgic for the good old days of motorcycling? Do you think everything started to go wrong once we lost the kickstart? Then you're right, as long by good you mean troublesome and by 'old days' you mean about 1910.      Watch this video and boggle at how motorcycling ever caught on:  

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