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Riding skills: Turning from a stop

Guy Procter, 24 June 2011 16:07

The ever-watchable Captain Crash has some useful advice on how to pull away from a standstill turning, rather than straying too far into (potentially) harm's way.

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Crash Card: Every helmet should have one

Guy Procter, 09 June 2011 15:46

There's no bigger favour you can do a paramedic – and hence yourself in the event of a crash – than keeping a Crash Card in your helmet. How do we know? Because it's the idea of the motorcyclists within the ambulance service itself. The Crash Card is a simple business-card-sized note you store inside the padding of your helmet ...

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Riding Skills cheat: pre-scraped knee-sliders

Guy Procter, 11 June 2010 15:27

You can waste a whole lot of time and anxiety (not to mention hero-blobs or even fairing panels) chasing the knee-down dream. It really is strictly for posers on the road, and no more a guide to riding skill than flies on your helmet.     However, it’s better to set the matter to one side looking like you HAVE done it ...

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Riding skills: Riding a cruiser for the first time

Guy Procter, 11 June 2010 14:40

Ride a cruiser for the first time and you’re in for a rapid period of acclimatisation. The different weight distribution, steering geometry, riding position and ground clearance have some profound implications on how you should ride them if you’re to a) enjoy it and b) survive it.    1) You can use the back brake againCruisers’ raked-out forks and low-carried weight ...

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Castle Combe offers new track day initiatives

Guy Procter, 14 May 2010 14:51

Wiltshire's Castle Combe Circuit was one of the first tracks to run its own track days when it started back in 1994. Now it's introducing two new format days, at either end of the riding experience spectrum. One is a new 'Elite' day on Wednesday 21st July, restricted to just 36 riders, running in three groups of 12 to give ...

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Riding skills: 60 second swerving school

Guy Procter, 30 April 2010 11:32

Here’s an entertaining skills-merchant we haven’t come across before. Capt Crash from Idaho specialises in brief, chipper riding skills videos. Short, sharp and sensible, they’re the antidote to the often dry and worthy vids out there. This one’s about swerving.

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Riding skills: Pan European v Harley-Davidson Road King at 0.1mph

Guy Procter, 23 April 2010 13:25

Roll up, roll up! It’s motorcycle Banzai time. Place your bits on which bike will triumph in a spectactular low-speed demonstration of riding skill. The hefty, low-revving Harley or the top-heavy Pan? It’s a fight to the death, and only one of the pair emerges unscathed. Straight after, there’s a demonstration at the same event last week of a solo ...

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Esoteric riding skills no3: 'Powerwalking'

Guy Procter, 15 April 2010 11:34

We've covered some splendidly arcane riding skills in this series so far, but this one's a doozy. A full two minutes forty-eight dedicated to the vanishing art of paddling your bike around under a little bit of power. It's a topic that needs confident steering between the twin hazards of complete redundancy and bleedin' obviousness, but armed with phrases like ...

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How to spot the Humberside Hayabusa NOT to be egged-on by

Guy Procter, 26 March 2010 10:02

Humberside police have helpfully posted this somewhat threatening video about how fast they can ride on their Hayabusa, in use as part of their ‘Operation Achilles’ bike-nabbing scheme. The silver Hayabusa is seen riding in pursuit of (and sometimes not in pursuit) at speeds of up to 109mph. “Are you watching your riding?” asks PC Glen Dennis, “Because we are”. ...

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Riding skills video: How not to ride in the city

Guy Procter, 26 February 2010 16:54

With the Greek economic crisis much in the news, here’s one rider in Athens who won’t have to worry about the family finances much longer. Coupling an undeniably impressive ability to get from A-to-B with the minimum of delay with a truly giddying disregard for safety, we’re pleased and astonished to say this video ends happily. It’s a good lesson ...

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