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Ride like King Kenny Roberts

Guy Procter, 11 July 2011 16:46

Inspired by Kenny Roberts' still-got-it performance at the Festival of 1000 Bikes at Mallory? You couldn't fail to be. So if you fancy benefiting from the tiniest shard of genius thrown from the master, you could do worse than watch this. We trust Babelgum has full licensing clearance to screen the classic Champions: Kenny Roberts doc in full (a quick ...

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Esoteric riding skills #7: How to escape future 'Raptures'

Guy Procter, 27 May 2011 17:31

Here's a good primer for any future 'Raptures' – cult-predicted ends of the world – and how you, as a motorcyclist and presumably also a sinner, are equipped to escape them. Alternatively, if you're reading this too late, the Rapture has already commenced and you can't find your key, watch this and go out with a smile.

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How not to be overawed by your big adventure tourer

Guy Procter, 11 May 2011 14:32

Okay, this is more inspiration than information, but just realising how cumbersome your big adventure tourer needn’t be can be very empowering. Here we see how well even one of the biggest – Yamaha’s XTZ1200 Super Tenere – responds to being bossed, courtesy of an as yet un-named Greek rider and his ‘urban enduro’ antics.

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Esoteric riding skills no.5: How to ride round the rim of a giant sandstone pothole

Guy Procter, 06 May 2011 15:49

Granted it’s not a widespread challenge riders face, but if and when you are, then any information becomes very relevant indeed. The man in this next video wants to graduate to giant sandstone pothole rim riding, but sensibly has opted to start with something smaller. Key learnings: 1 Keep the throttle on2 Look ahead3 Grip the tank with your knees4 ...

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Saigon by bike

Guy Procter, 15 April 2011 17:47

Always nice to be reminded what a great tool for exploring an unfamiliar city a motorbike is, and when you can travel in flocks like you can in Saigon it’s even more pleasant.

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The app that helps you find great biking roads

Guy Procter, 06 April 2011 15:37

Greatest Road is a new iPhone app that lets motorcyclists log, share and rate their favourite stretches of road. It also allows you to post your ride to your Facebook wall, comment on rides, vote them down or up and stay aware of the latest updated information. You'll also be notified whenever a new comment is posted on one of ...

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Riding skills: Riding a planned line

Guy Procter, 13 August 2010 16:38

Knowing precisely which square inch of tarmac your front wheel is going to be on in 20 or 30 metres' time isn't often required if you're riding within your limits and the road's. As long as you're within the white lines on one side and the verge on the other, happy days, right? But it isn't just racers seeking to ...

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Riding skills: The perils of the familiar road

Guy Procter, 30 July 2010 17:39

If you’ve got a favourite road you ride again and again, don’t kid yourself you’re necessarily becoming a better and better rider – however much quicker and quicker you ride it. It takes nerve more than skill to keep going faster, lean more, brake later. The the supreme skill is being able to judge how much of each is appropriate ...

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London to Magadan riders reach Russia

Guy Procter, 16 July 2010 17:45

Compass Expeditions' London-to-Magadan riders have reached Russia -­ a major milestone on one of the most arduous and ambitious commercial bike expeditions yet conceived. The 100-day journey to the infamous Road of Bones has head from London to Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Turkey, and Russia and now proceeds through Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan to one of the remotest towns in ...

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Full details of Silverstone MotoGP entertainment programme released

Guy Procter, 11 June 2010 16:49

Riders for Health ­ The charity renowned for their aid work in Africa­ will be holding the 2010 Day of Champions on Thursday 17 June. For fans of motorcycle racing it is a highlight of the calendar, offering a host of entertainment and access to an exclusive MotoGP auction attended by the MotoGP riders. All of the money raised goes ...

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