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Staying safe in spring showers

Even if you're a committed fair weather rider the chances of being caught out in a heavy rain shower at this time of year are high. If you're not used to or are not prepared for riding in wet weather a sunny Sunday blast can quickly turn into a bum clenching nightmare. But it doesn't have to be like that. ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 21 April 2011

The best body armour is between your ears

While there are obvious benefits of the safety equipment we use to protect ourselves from injury, such as helmets, leathers, body amour, boots and gloves, they’re of little use if you’re unlucky enough to hit something bigger than you. Crash into a car or road furniture at even relatively low speeds and you’re likely to suffer broken bones at best. ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 15 April 2011

Riding skills: Avoiding a deer strike

Hitting or narrowly missing a deer on a motorcycle is a terrifying experience. Deer are unpredictable, fast and, if you're unlucky enough to be faced with a Red deer, bloody big. The majority of wild animals can safely be run over or batted away under speeds of under 80mph but hit a deer at almost any speed and you'll be ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 17 June 2010

Riding skills: Stopping accidents before they happen

If you ride a motorcycle it¹s practically inevitable that one day you¹ll crash it. Motorcycles are inherently unstable. Unlike a car, if you don¹t use the controls in the correct way the bike will fall over. With luck, toppling off your bike at low speed will be the worst crash you¹ll ever have but there are simple ways to prevent ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 16 October 2009

Riding skills: Filtering like a courier

It's difficult not to be impressed by a seasoned courier skilfully carving through gridlocked traffic. Squeezing through the narrowest of gaps they have an almost Jedi like awareness of what's around them and seemingly make life-or-death decisions with a nanosecond of glances. What we don't usually get to see is the countless number of accidents our courier suffered in order ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 09 October 2009

Riding skills: How to load up a bike but keep the handling sweet

Unlike a car, where you can dump a couple of sacks of spuds in the boot and it have little affect on the handling, 5kg of extra weight in the wrong place on a bike will have it bobbing and weaving all over the road. Sitting on your bike, imagine a triangle that runs from the top of your head, ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 02 October 2009

Riding Skills: How to concentrate

As if you needed telling, it's fairly important to concentrate when riding a motorcycle. The prospect of crashing and the exciting dynamics of a bike aren't always enough to keep us focused, especially on boring or cold long journeys. The main barriers to concentrating are boredom, anxiety and day-dreaming.Thus in improving our concentration skills we need to counteract these barriers. ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 25 September 2009


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