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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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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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Esoteric riding skills no4: How to ride with one arm missing

Guy Procter, 24 May 2010 16:16

Proof were it needed that motorcycles bring out the best in everyone, here's a video from the British Pathé archive. It shows a Mr Eric Peacock from ye olde days (1922) overcoming his disability (a deficit of one arm) with real aplomb. Includes some less than spectacular preamble of shoelace-tying you may wish to skip. A ONE ARMED WONDERYour browser ...

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Riding skills: New riders, beware the SV650

Guy Procter, 14 May 2010 13:01

Suzuki’s lightweight, easy handling, soulfully-engined SV650 is a joy machine that has helped countless riders of both sexes onto the lifelong road of motorcycling pleasure. But like the childhood friend who happens to know where dad keeps his hipflask of Bell’s, on occasion it can for some be just a little bit too fun and encouraging. Witness this trio of ...

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Prove you’re the best new rider and win £11,500 to spend on a Yamaha

Guy Procter, 07 May 2010 11:37

The IAM’s search for Britain’s best new biker climaxes at the end of Summer – with a new Yamaha worth up to £11,500 the prize. The winner of the competition, promoted by Vicki Butler-Henderson, will beat rivals in a series of IAM-organised tests of riding skill. The competition is designed to promote the IAM’s Skill for Life package, an advanced ...

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Riding skills: It happens to the best of us...

Guy Procter, 01 April 2010 14:39

Super-skilled stunt ace Kevin Carmichael proved that mishaps happen to the very best of us, at this year’s MCN Scottish Motorcycle Show. Blamed on a too-cold front tyre on the Triumph Street Triple he was riding, Kevin was soon up and stunting again, proving what a dedicated crowd-pleaser he is. So don’t beat yourself up if you’ve had an embarrassing ...

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