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What filling up in Malawi reveals about the F800GS

Guy Procter, 12 May 2011 16:46

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 ...

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How to make a cruiser outhandle a supertourer

Guy Procter, 01 April 2011 17:29

Believe. And scrape a bit.

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Esoteric riding skills no5: stunt washing

Guy Procter, 10 September 2010 13:57

We’d all rather ride than wash our bikes, right? Now, with the simple expedient of learning a few simple additional skills you need no longer choose between the two. Ideally not practiced on a bike with a gaping air intake right in the water’s way, but then evidently that doesn’t matter much either. NB – there’s some irrelevant stunt riding ...

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Video: F650GS round Iceland

Guy Procter, 30 July 2010 17:30

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.

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Riding skills: Read the lane, not the road

Guy Procter, 16 July 2010 14:34

From the moment you start paying attention to your riding, people are quick to offer the central principle of ‘reading the road’ - to follow it with your eyes as far ahead as possible. Next you start learning about vanishing points and the importance of reading those – which is to say reading the road to see where its two ...

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Riding skills: Download the free guide that's made Norwegian riders the world's safest

Guy Procter, 03 June 2010 16:32

‘Full Control’, the 57-page bike skills guide credited with dramatically raising the standard of Norwegian riders above the global average has been published in English for the first time.     The free PDF manual covers  core motorcycle skills in a robust, physics-grounded and clear way, giving you a complete picture of why bikes (and riders) do what they do.  It would ...

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Riding Skills: How to ride with a first-time pillion

Guy Procter, 03 June 2010 10:14

The first-time pillion ride is a watershed moment for both of you. For them it could be the moment they fall in love with two-wheeled speed for life or the time they’re set on a path of anti-bike radicalism that ends in a career in the EU. For you it’s your chance to become fixed in their mind as the ...

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Suzuki VanVan: the £2679 Multistrada rival

Guy Procter, 28 May 2010 15:21

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 ...

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Riding skills: Decreasing radius bends

Guy Procter, 28 May 2010 14:12

Also known in-helmet as the shit-shit-shit-shit-shit bend, the decreasing radius corner isn’t a problem to be tackled in isolation – it’s a test of the fundamentals of your riding skills, namely looking ahead, reading the vanishing point and steering a planned line. If you get a scare from a turn that tightens up, don’t worry about making a special effort ...

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Riding skills video: Get Bikesafe skills sat at your desk

Guy Procter, 23 April 2010 13:15

Devon and Cornwall Police have posted this useful taster of their Bikesafe training days, giving you a skimmed version of the core skills.   It feels good to rebuild your road riding from the ground up and if that means going slower than normal but getting your lines and road positioning spot-on, it makes for a stronger platform on which to ...

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