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Riding skills: Filtering

It’s not queue jumpingFiltering is always a contentious topic as those not on a bike often look upon it as queue jumping. That of course is rubbish; it’s what bikes were built to do. What the law saysThe Highway Code says “when filtering in slow-moving traffic, take care and keep your speed low” which appears to me to be tacit ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 23 June 2014

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

The British Superbike School

Mike Abbott started post-test motorcycle training in 2009, having qualified as a RoSPA Instructor, and was later accredited by the DSA. He had road raced from 1989 until finally giving up in 2005, attending any race school he could find, preparing his own bikes as a qualified Automotive Engineer. You’ll see him on page 170 of Rupert Paul’s book ‘Pass ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 21 February 2012

How to register a bike in Spain

I am going over to live in Spain and I want to re-register my bike over there? Is this possible? Marc Tinney, London Yes it is, but it is a lengthy and potentially expensive process. Anyone importing a bike to Spain has to be aware that there are 17 autonomous communities (kind of regional governments) who can and do make ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 08 December 2011

Riding in strong winds

The UK is likely to be hit with very strong winds over the next couple of days, with gusts of over 90mph expected in parts of Scotland and Northern England. Below are a couple of tips to help you ride in strong winds. Obviously, if the winds are too strong and you don't feel confident riding in such conditions, leave the ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 07 December 2011

Importance of gloves!

My pride and joy is in a coma right now after I was knocked off after being pulled out on. I was wearing all the right equipment and thankfully got away with just a broken wrist, a ligament tear and a numb knee. I am absolutely sick of seeing riders riding without gloves! What do you put down first out ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 20 July 2011

Ride like King Kenny Roberts

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 ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 11 July 2011

Riding skills: Top three learner rider complaints

It’s tempting to go for the cheapest bike training course you can find. Here are three reasons why that might not be a good idea. 1. The bikes Training school bikes have a hard life. But they should still be reliable, of good quality, and come with a reasonable spares backup in the event of a drop. Many riders who’ve ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 11 July 2011

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

BikePlus - advanced rider training in East Midlands

BikePlus is a new advanced training initiative in the East Midlands subsidised by Derbyshire County Council. Thanks to a scheme run by the road safety partnership they will provide £80 towards post test training for any rider in Derbyshire or a neighbouring county from a list of approved trainers. BikePlus meets the Enhanced Rider Scheme, so at the end of the ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 30 June 2011

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