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Staying safe in spring showers

Ped Baker, 21 April 2011 16:35

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. ...

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The best body armour is between your ears

Ped Baker, 15 April 2011 15:29

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. ...

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Motogiro 2010: 'You don't slice through the scenery, you're part of it'

Ped Baker, 22 June 2010 09:34

MCN's Ped Baker takes part in Motogiro - 843 miles in five days on a 60-year-old 175cc bike... I’m winding my way up a switchback mountain road, little wider than a goat track. The 175cc 1960 Motobi I’m riding is struggling to pull 20mph up the steep gradient and I stir the gearbox in a fruitless search for torque. Settling ...

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Riding skills: Avoiding a deer strike

Ped Baker, 17 June 2010 16:55

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 ...

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Packing up and strapping down

Ped Baker, 28 October 2009 17:13

Canoe sacks make brilliant motorcycle luggage. They come in a variety of sizes, the roll down opening makes them completely waterproof and the long sausage shape is ideal for strapping to a rear rack. Save £££s on motorcycle luggage The problem is, it's all too easy to ram your gear in and then tightly ratchet the sack onto the bike ...

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Riding skills: Stopping accidents before they happen

Ped Baker, 16 October 2009 16:52

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 ...

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Touring advice and destinations: Global touring on the cheap

Ped Baker, 16 October 2009 16:48

f you believe the hype, you can¹t travel round the world on anything less than a 1000cc purpose built adventure bike stacked with the latest hi-tech gadgets. Yorkshireman Nathan Millward has blown away that theory having just from returned to the UK after a 23,000 mile trip from Sydney to London on a 105cc Honda bought for just £700! Nathan ...

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Riding skills: Filtering like a courier

Ped Baker, 09 October 2009 14:25

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 ...

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

Ped Baker, 02 October 2009 17:08

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, ...

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Travel and touring: Underseat essentials

Ped Baker, 02 October 2009 16:38

It doesn't matter if your trip is just a long weekend or a full blown world tour, there are five small things every motorcyclist should never be without. All six fit into a space not much bigger than a packet of sandwiches so there's no excuse not to have them on every trip. Gaffer or Duct tapeCan be used for ...

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