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10 Ways to go the distance - expert advice from Haynes

Ped Baker, 20 May 2011 11:41

Haynes Publishing, renowned for motorcycle manuals and books have compiled ten useful tips for long distance summer rides. Penny Cox, Motorcycle Editorial Manager for Haynes, says: "The warm, dry, sunny spring has been a dream for bikers and one way to ensure these heady days continue, is to make sure your maintenance is up to scratch. "Simple things like checking ...

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Riding skills: How to bump start a motorcycle

Ped Baker, 28 April 2011 15:18

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 ...

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Riding Skills: Top ten camping essentials

Ped Baker, 22 June 2010 17:42

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 ...

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Bike security abroad

Ped Baker, 29 October 2009 09:28

Bike security when you're touring is usually a compromise between convenience, weight and location. Save £££s on motorcycle locks and chains Heavy chains and locks take up too much room in already crowded luggage and taking a shorter, lighter chain limits the opportunities to attach the bike to immovable street furniture. You'll also have a limited idea of safe locations, ...

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Riding skills: riding dirt roads

Ped Baker, 23 October 2009 17:02

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 ...

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Riding skills: Riding in strong winds

Ped Baker, 02 October 2009 16:03

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 ...

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Touring advice: Taking the right tools

Ped Baker, 15 May 2009 15:03

MCN expert Ped Baker is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I'll be embarking on my first ever trip into Europe later this month. There's not a lot of space under the seat of my SV650, what tools do you recommend I should take so I can ...

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