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Riding skills: The best advice ever

There's a mountain of good riding advice out there, and no magic fix to compete with tens of thousands of miles of practice. But sometimes one simple rule-of-thumb that's easy to remember can save your bacon more reliably than that stack of ride-better books you can't remember reading. These are ours. Tell us yours. Look further ahead (Ali) Don't hold ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 13 August 2010

Get those blasted overtrousers on over your sodding boots

Not the most hi-tech piece of advice ever to enter your riding life for sure – but it’s one to treasure. If like us you delay the putting on of your waterproof trousers until you’re too wet for there to be any point simply because you can’t face taking your boots off, take heart. A plastic bag (the cheaper and ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 21 May 2010

FIM to pretty women: you can ride too

From the people who brought you e-Power comes a new(ish) initiative. Get pretty women riding. Excellent.  

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 07 May 2010

How to make a cheap camera mount

A retrospectively obvious way to mount a camera to your bike without damaging it or incurring (virtually) any cost. In spite of popular opinion, cameras on bikes aren’t just there to incriminate you or supply the BBC with scandalising grainy footage of dangerously high speeds, they can be a revealing riding skills aid. Watch the video here Film your mate ...

  • 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 ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 19 March 2010

Riding skills video: How to start a 1914 Indian Motorcycle

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:  

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 05 March 2010

Esoteric riding skills no1: Putting your bike on its sidestand on hot tarmac

We ploughed through 150 pages of Pat Hahn’s excellent ‘Maximum Control – Mastering Your Heavyweight Bike’ to unearth this little treasure: ‘Be careful with parking on hot asphalt, which can suck a sidestand down and leave you with a bike to pick up. 'If you know the surface is soft, find a painted line to set your sidestand on; the ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 26 February 2010

Rapid Training’s words of dubious wisdom

Advanced riding instruction outfit Rapid Training’s experts have ridden eleventy million miles between them and become undeniably handy riders and insightful trainers as a result. But when they assembled the wisdom distilled from all that two-wheeled travel for their latest newsletter – well it just goes to show you don’t have to have the wisdom of Solomon to ride a ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 02 February 2010

Riding Skills: What to do if you hit gravel mid-corner

Even the world’s most advanced tyre technology is no match for seven grains of gravel in the wrong place at the wrong time. 1 Countersteer to avoidAim for the inside of the gravel patch, not the outside – if the gravel continues tighter into the turn, it’s easier to pick the bike up, cross it more upright and get back ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 28 December 2009

What to do if you don’t know if you’re bike’s safe to ride

Low-speed spills aren’t uncommon in icy weather, and they’re a destruction lottery. 1 Check yourselfAre you standing or lying in harm’s way? Are you hurt? Dizziness and nausea are natural reactions to shock. If you haven’t recovered within half an hour, don’t ride anywhere. 2 Start at the frontStart at the front of the bike and work your way back. ...

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  • Riding Skills
  • 22 December 2009

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