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Riding skills: How to bump start a motorcycle

Bump starting a motorcycle is a black art. Experienced riders make it look easy but as the hapless guy in the clip proves, there's a lot to go wrong. First check the obvious stuff like the kill switch, side stand switch, petrol and ignition. Bump starting is tiring work so you want to give yourself the best chance of nailing ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 28 April 2011

Riding Skills: Top ten camping essentials

Camping on a bike can be a pain in the rear. The things you can't do without tend to be big (tent, sleeping bags etc) and once you've loaded them on the bike there's almost no room for anything else. Unless you're prepared to buy a Goldwing and attach a trailer you need to be ruthless in the kit you ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 22 June 2010

Riding skills: riding dirt roads

Riding a fully loaded adventure bike down a bumpy dirt road can be daunting.The rough stuff requires different techniques to riding on Tarmac. On a smooth surface you can pretty much get away with sitting fairly stationary on your bike, off-road you need to use you body weight to help balance the bike. The best way to achieve balance off-road is ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 23 October 2009

Riding skills: Riding in strong winds

Riding in strong winds can be daunting and dangerous but learning this simple technique will help bike control and free up time to anticipate problems. The easiest way to control a bike in a crosswind is to apply pressure on the inside of the handlebar closest to the direction of the wind. In other words, if the wind is blowing ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 02 October 2009


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