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Riding skills: high-speed cruising on an unfaired bike

People would have you believe unfaired bikes without clip-ons have a cruising speed limit of 80mph. Not so. It just takes a bit more than sitting there like a pudding. Try reaching down and holding the top of the fork leg with your left hand. You only need a hand on the throttle to maintain the cruise and make gentle ...

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  • Riding Skills
  • 22 July 2010

Riding Skills: How to do a stoppie

Otherwise known as the endo, the stoppie is an underwhelming trick that’s hard on your bike and fraught with danger and potential embarrassment. So let’s get on with it. 1. Take the bike to 20mphGrip the tank with your knees in readiness 2. Pull in the clutchKeep your upper body, arms and shoulders rigid, and lift your bum just out ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 08 January 2010

Riding skills: How to tell if you're too tired to ride

The longest anyone has stayed awake is 264 hours (11 days) achieved by Randy Gardner in 1965. But mental functions begin to deteriorate long before the body physically shuts down. The greatest risk to the motorcyclist is that fatigue and sleep deprivation can induce ‘microsleep’, where the rider experiences brief episodes of overwhelming sleep, and loss of mental and physical ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 04 December 2009

What to do if it’s snowed while you’ve been at the office

Cold is the enemy of bike control – causing limbs to stiffen and concentration to recede. In order to have a safe ride through snow (or any really cold conditions) you must be warm. Luckily many places of work are rich in insulating materials you can co-opt if you need to improvise. BubblewrapUparalleled warmth-to-weight ratio. Wrap twice around your torso ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 20 November 2009

Drifting: the new knee-down?

UK stunt rider Marc 'Sparky' Chennell is planning to attempt a World Record for motorcycle drifting later this year, so it’s time to start swotting up on this must-have skill. It could be the new knee-down (like you needed anything else to worry about). Like car drifting but infinitely harder, motorcycle drifting involves the you achieving the mythical ‘getting the ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 02 September 2009

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