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What filling up in Malawi reveals about the F800GS

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 ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 12 May 2011

Video: F650GS round Iceland

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.

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 30 July 2010

Suzuki VanVan: the £2679 Multistrada rival

Suzuki’s 125 VanVan is making suprising waves among a certain portion of the aventurous riding crowd. 1600 British fans of the grown-up (or at least teenage) Monkey bike congregate online at a dedicated VanVan forum and are hell-bent on finding the limits of the big-tyred, 100mpg, 12bhp machine. They’ve taken it enduro riding in Wales, up disused ski-runs in the ...

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

Red Dwarf's Cat laps the Med for Sport Relief - blog post 1

Red Dwarf star Danny John-Jules and TV producer Graham Hoskins set off from Alexandra Palace at the weekend on a 7000 mile, 13-country, 15 day lap of the Mediterranean in aid of Sport Relief. We’ll be posting regular reports from the iron-butted pair. Here’s the first... Saturday 27th Feb, DannyAfter waking up on Saturday morning to the sound of torrential ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 01 March 2010

Genius! Hassle-free luxury camping at MotoGP, WSB & BSB

Why hasn’t anyone done this before? IntentsGP are a new company providing camping accommodation to European bike races for the budget-conscious fan. Planning a tour abroad? Check out MCN deals on ferry tickets No setting up tents in the pouring rain or desperately trying to sleep on a 1 micron thick mattress. No struggling to get enough camping gear on ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 26 February 2010

The world’s most challenging and complex roads

Road porn isn’t he most attractive sounding proposition in the world but there’s no better way to describe this excellent post, which gathers up some of the most spectacular and hairy stretches of tarmac (and ice and gravel) in the world. Planning a tour abroad? Check out MCN deals on ferry tickets We all like to challenge ourselves, try new ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 12 February 2010

76-year-old Brit's epic tour of India on Honda Stunner

76 year old Brit Simon Gandolfi and best-selling author of Old Man on a Bike has embarked on an epic six-month lap of India aboard Honda’s brand new 125 Stunner. Planning a tour abroad? Check out MCN deals on ferry tickets The former novelist says he’s undertaken the trip in order to stay warm in winter and get out from ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 21 January 2010

Dream jobs on Ewan and Charlie-style motorcycle adventure up for grabs

Bike expedition firm Compass Expeditions is looking to give two people dream jobs on a hundred-day trip across a quarter of the earth’s surface. Planning a tour abroad? Check out MCN deals on ferry tickets They’re looking for a mechanic and a medic to accompany fifteen riders on a ride from London, across Russia, central Asia including Mongolia and across the infamous ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 08 January 2010

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

Old man on a bike heads for India against Foreign Office advice

The Foreign Office is warning against travel to large parts of India and of a high general threat of terrorism throughout the country, but it hasn’t deterred 76-year-old biker Simon Gandolfi. The novelist and travel writer – author of last year’s brilliant Old Man on a Bike published by Harper Collins and who only passed his UK test this year ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 16 September 2009

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