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Euro Touring tip: Pay less for road taxes and tolls

Ped Baker, 24 September 2010 13:45

If you’re travelling from the UK to Italy (or any country in south east Europe) choose a route through Belgium and Germany instead of France. It’s no further (though not as pretty) and there are no road tolls on the motorways. Austria and Switzerland run a Vignette (road tax sticker) system that is policed efficiently at service stations and not ...

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Win a MotoGP pillion ride at the British Grand Prix

Ped Baker, 17 June 2010 14:38

MotoGP's official charity Riders for Health is auctioning off once-in-a-lifetime pillion rides at this weekend's Silverstone British Grand Prix.   The rides will be onboard Ducati's specially adapted two-seater MotoGP bike and you'll be taken round the new Silverstone GP circuit by 500cc legend Randy Mamola. Two rides are up for grabs and will take place on either Saturday 19th or Sunday ...

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Moto Giro blog Day 5: Cannes Provence and Cote d'Azure

Ped Baker, 06 June 2010 10:11

Moto Giro blog Day five Circular route: Cannes, Provence and Cote d’AzureTotal distance ridden: 132.2 miles Average speed: 26.7mphTime on the road: 7 hours 58 minutesMax speed: 57.4mphBreakdowns: 0 The final days ride took us along the coast road through Nice, Monaco and then up into the hills overlooking the Azur coastline with its Russian oligarch’s yachts and ‘tres-chic’ beaches. ...

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Moto Giro blog Day 4: Pollenzo to Cannes

Ped Baker, 05 June 2010 10:58

Moto Giro blog Day four Pollenzo to CannesTotal distance ridden: 208 milesAverage speed: 27.6mphTime on the road: 10 hours 38 minutesMax speed: 54.9mphBreakdowns: 0 As predicted in yesterdays blog, it was a mammoth 10-hour route today. After leaving the gastronomic university town of Pollenzo (university del Gusto) we made our way into the wine making Piedmont region. All of the ...

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Moto Giro blog day 3 : Torino to Pollenzo

Ped Baker, 04 June 2010 08:59

MCN’s deputy editor, Ped Baker is taking part in the Moto Giro event in Italy. Moto Giro blog Day three - Torino to PollenzoTotal distance ridden: 135.3 milesAverage speed: 28.8mphTime on the road: 5 hours 53 minutesMax speed: 60.5mphBreakdowns: 0 Double bad news this morning. The Motobi has sprung a fuel leak and I’m in joint last place in the ...

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Moto Giro blog Day two: Circular route around Torino

Ped Baker, 03 June 2010 09:22

MCN’s deputy editor, Ped Baker is taking part in the Moto Giro event in Italy. Moto Giro blog Day two - Circular route around TorinoTotal distance ridden: 158.1 miles Average speed: 26.6mphTime on the road: 8 hours 36 minutesMax speed: 62.2mphBreakdowns: 0 A much easier day today. The route is only 158 miles long but it still takes us eight ...

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Moto Giro blog Day 1: From Cannes to Torino

Ped Baker, 02 June 2010 14:19

MCN’s deputy editor, Ped Baker is taking part in the Moto Giro event in Italy. Moto Giro blog Day one - From Cannes to TorinoTotal distance ridden: 211.2 milesAverage speed: 27.1mphTime on the road: 12 hours 13 minutesMax speed: 60.2mphBreakdowns: 0 Preliminary operations (yesterday)Arrived in Cannes in the afternoon, the front of the hotel packed with bikes. Registration plates reveal ...

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Places still available for Moto Giro Italia

Ped Baker, 18 February 2010 11:55

The Moto Giro Italia is undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest motorcycling events. Run over five days through the glorious north Italian countryside, the Giro follows the format of ‘ability trials’ popular in the 1950s. The classic event is open to small capacity machines from the 50s and 60s plus there’s a tourist class for modern machines of any capacity.    ...

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Adventure touring: The 10 rules of the road.

Ped Baker, 27 November 2009 17:21

Grant and Susan Johnson (Horizonsunlimited.com) share their top ten rules of the road. Their travels have spanned 14 years, 39 countries and over 100,000 km so they should know a thing or two. This is their top ten... 1. Just because the next town on your route is on the map doesn't mean it's big enough for a gas station. ...

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£3 emergency sim card for the global traveller

Ped Baker, 23 October 2009 09:55

Mobile phones are an essential tool for long distance touring. Not only do they keep you in touch with loved ones but could become a lifesaver if you need to call for help. The trouble is, venture to more unusual countries and there¹s no guarantee the mobile network you use at home will talk to the local network of the ...

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