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How to prepare for a summer tour

What do I need? The absolute minimum is a bike, some money for fuel and you. No, seriously. If you want scenery or interesting places to go on the cheap then the UK has it all. If you travel abroad a passport and documents are necessary. It’s only when you want those added luxuries that touring starts to become an ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 05 March 2009

Kawasaki Versys becomes proper adventure bike

We knew the Kawasaki Versys was a versatile bike, but this versatile? The unknown owner has given the bike a proper off-road going-over, fitting long-travel forks and shock, knobblies and a cobbled bash-guard. The mods should make the £5895 Kawasaki a half-way decent rival for BMW’s similarly parallel-twin-powered F800GS (£6700). The mods should cost you, erm, about the difference. Via ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 22 December 2009

15 best adventure touring tips

Be a tourist or be an adventure traveller: it can mean the difference between going for an epic ride, and being taken for one.  1. Simple is really goodLess than less makes for easy travel. Just one really good shirt costs less than three crap shirts, lasts longer than all of them together, and feels better, works better and can ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 24 May 2010

Video: Charley Boorman's off-road tips on the 08 R1200GS

At the recent launch of the 2008 BMW R1200GS we caught up with long distance adventurer Charlie Boorman to make the most of some of the knowledge that he has picked up on his two massive Long Way trips with Ewan McGregor and his attempt at the 2007 Dakar. Check out the video below to see Boorman give you some ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 01 January 2008

Touring advice - Traffic laws in France

A road trip to France can be excellent fun, before you set off you should be aware of the laws regarding the roads. This list isn't exhaustive but it should help you spend more time riding and less time talking to the Police. • EU driving licence holders that exceed the speed limit by over 40 km/h will have their licenses confiscated ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 04 June 2009

Riding in France

I and two other mates had a 5 day trip around France in June. Traveling through a small town, slightly lost due to road diversions, we were stopped by two french plod bikes. We were told that we all drove over a stop sign and we were fined on the spot! Fortunately the plod were in a good mood and only ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 02 October 2008

Sometimes you just can’t win.

Sometimes you just can’t win. You’re riding along on a low-powered touring bike, taking in the scenery, breathing deeply and slowly and then… … we won’t spoil the surprise. The rider apparently escaped with nothing worse than a lower leg fracture, thankfully.

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 10 September 2010

How to keep biking down to a sweet roar

Keen bikers might shake their heads in disbelief, but I've been guilty of denial and procrastination over this since Jan '02, when I began blasting out along the M1 to Watford every weekday on an 1150GS. Boy does that wind howl in your ears at... ahem... 70mph. Ear plugs seemed an obvious solution. But the little yellow foam ones had ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 02 September 2008

Lonely Planet guide to Scotland

Honed by long competition with its English neighbours, buoyant Scotland has survived encroachment, brass-monkey weather and invasion by stand-up comedians. Its people are feisty, opinionated and fiercely loyal. The countryside is a wild, beautiful tumble of raw mountain peaks and deep glassy lakes. There's a plethora of tartan-checked beaten tracks across this land, but even in well-thumbed tourist hubs like ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 06 February 2008

Travel advice: Taking your bike on the ferry

MCN expert Ped Baker is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I'm going down to Barcelona with a friend on bikes to watch a football match. We are going to get the Ferry across the channel. How will our bikes be secured? Will I need to take ...

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  • Touring & travel
  • 08 May 2009

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