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Riding Skills: Stunting. In Reverse.

Dan Aspel, 30 June 2011 12:39

Lithuanian stunt rider Virginijus Zukauskas has either: 1. Managed to bend time and physics to his will Or 2. Put his stunt video in reverse Either way, this clip makes some freaky viewing.

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Retro riding skills: “adult, impulsive and brash”

Dan Aspel, 03 June 2011 15:14

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 ...

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Erzberg Rodeo 2011

Dan Aspel, 26 May 2011 16:58

Where better to test your riding skills that the Erzberg Rodeo? Dubbed “the toughest race in the world” by feverishly insistent organisers, the Austrian off-road event is based on and around the Erzberg “Ore Mountain” (1533m). Mined since the 12th century it once produced more than 800,000 tonnes of iron ore per year. Nowadays the “Iron Road” and “Iron Mountain” ...

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How to ride your bike backwards

Dan Aspel, 19 May 2011 16:44

Perspective is everything in life. Falling into familiar habits and patterns can make life seem so drab and repetitious. Consult the pop-psychology books of Edward De Bono, the "Self Help" shelf of your local bookshop, or even the horoscope section of your daily rag and one precept will consistently shine through: change is good. Variety is the spice of life... ...

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How to… protect your garage with a pet lion

Dan Aspel, 08 April 2011 16:00

Fed up of bike thieves preying on your garage? This solution from Mexico could be the most ingenious response to bike theft yet. The story goes that, tired of having his garage raided for equipment, a mechanic across the Atlantic convinced the neighbourhood that he had a Mexican Lion protecting his premises. A few locals caught site of the beast ...

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Riding with a pillion

Dan Aspel, 04 February 2011 17:48

Riding with a pillion is a great way to introduce someone to the world of biking. It's also a great way to impress people with your mastery of your big, loud, scary motorcycle. Here's some top tips to ride confidently with a passenger: Make sure your pillion is wearing all the right gear, nothing's more important than their safety and they ...

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Know the track: Silverstone

Dan Aspel, 17 December 2010 13:06

In a nut shellFollowing a £5m renovation for 2010, Silverstone became the UK’s official MotoGP venue, as well as hosting the British round of WSB. The Grand Prix circuit is a staggering 3.667 miles long. Key to a good lapLapping fast at Silverstone is all about making the most of the fast corners, and the fastest one is the first ...

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Riding skills: Beware black ice

Dan Aspel, 02 December 2010 13:38

This video, shot in the Vancouver area, shows the dangers of black ice on an apparently clear road.  As the road was slightly elevated above sea level, rain water that fell in previously warm conditions began to freeze as the sun started to set. The bike began to lowside as grip was lost on the black ice, then as soon ...

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Know the track: Mallory Park

Dan Aspel, 02 December 2010 13:33

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 – ...

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Riding Skills Video: “Easy Parking”

Dan Aspel, 24 November 2010 17:05

Remember the “Only Fools and Horses” episode when Del-boy put a stolen “Out of Order” sign on a parking meter? In the world of Turcano Urbano, motorcyclists can now pull a similar stunt.  Their “Easy Parking” mat turns useless car parking spaces into convenient bike bays in seconds. Reassuring for the London commuter.  Sadly this isn’t a real product and ...

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