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Riding skills: Kickstarting a big single, in flip flops

Ped Baker, 03 June 2011 17:29

Proof that kickstarting big capacity single cylinder motorcycles doesn't need to a fearsome affair, courtesy of Hoo Hoo Goblin. Staring an XT500 first kick 1. Turn on the ignition, pull out the choke lever, and make sure the bike is in neutral.  Note:  Honda designed the XT to also be kick-start-able when in gear with the clutch pulled in.  If ...

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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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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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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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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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Knee down on a Honda Goldwing

Ped Baker, 09 April 2010 15:01

It's not what you ride but how you ride it! Many motorcyclists think you need a full blooded sports bike to have fun at a track day but this clip from tonystrackdays.com proves you can even have fun on a Honda Goldwing! See the video here Admittedly the rider isn't going to break any lap records and it's obvious the ...

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Riding skills video: How to ride fast at night

Ped Baker, 10 March 2010 15:21

Riding at night demands a great deal of smoothness, but to be smooth it's necessary to read the road ahead On a track day, once you've completed a couple of laps, you pretty much know where you're going. Riding on the road couldn't be more different and you need a whole different set of skills. All sorts of information can ...

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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: 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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