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How to pick up a motorcycle

Peter Baker, 07 August 2009 17:58

We've all done it. Either you've lost your footing on uneven ground, cocked up a U-turn or your bike's been knocked over by an inconsiderate driver, at one time or another you'll need to pick your bike up off the floor. Unless your bike is a low capacity scooter, picking up something that probably weighs more than your own bodyweight ...

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Riding Skills: How to ride fast around S-bends

Peter Baker, 07 August 2009 14:30

An S bend is nothing more than two corners linked together. The trick in riding an S bend is how you link them together. I've just returned from a training day with Rapid training ltd. Rapid are a team of serving and ex police riders that run both road and track days designed to improve riding confidence. The road riding ...

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Riding Skills: riding slowly with less wobbling

Peter Baker, 03 July 2009 17:32

Q: I'm a confident rider at normal speeds but when I’m in slow moving traffic or turning in the road I constantly feel like I’m about to drop my bike. It’s even worse when the bike is loaded with luggage or I’m carrying a pillion.  A: The secret to slow speed riding confidence is using the clutch and rear brake ...

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Riding skills: How to become faster

Peter Baker, 19 June 2009 18:00

Q. Dear Ped, I'd like to be able to ride faster, and safer of course but I'm not sure what sort of training I should get. Can you suggest something suitable? A. You’ve got three options depending on how much money you want to spend and the level of training you’d like. The first, and cheapest option is take part ...

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Touring advice: How to pack for a road trip in California

Peter Baker, 29 May 2009 16:23

Q. I am going on a two week tour of California on a bike, I've never been on a long bike tour so I'm not sure what to pack. What should I take along? How many changes of clothes will I need? Will I be able to get away with one textile suit or will it start to smell a ...


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