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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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Travel and touring: How to save large scale Google Maps

Ped Baker, 28 April 2011 15:58

Brilliant though Google maps are, you need internet access to view them. This video shows how to download large scale Google Maps that can then be accessed (and zoomed in and out of) on a mobile device.  

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Hoka Hey 2011: The ultimate Iron Butt

Ped Baker, 28 April 2011 12:30

10,000 miles across 48 states in 14 days ­ that's the Hoka Hey challenge. Now in it's second year, the butt busting event rides through every US state along the continents most lauded biking roads as it winds its way across the USA to the finish in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. Starting I Phoenix on August the 5th, the Hoka ...

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HOG rally season kicks off in three weeks!

Ped Baker, 21 April 2011 15:10

The first HOG (Harley Owners Group) rally of 2011 is less then three weeks away but there's still time to saddle up and join the cavalcade to the French Riviera. The Harley Davidson EuroFestival runs from May 12-15 at Golfe de Saint-Tropez, the fifth time it's been run at the swanky venue. The main stage, located on the beach, will ...

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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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Nick Sanders record attempt latest

Ped Baker, 27 August 2010 17:00

Global traveller and habitual record breaker Nick Sanders is half way through his latest epic journey, to ride from the top of Alaska to the tip of Argentina. The current record for this mammoth 16,000 mile journey is 20 days, Nicks is hoping to achieve it in 18. Nick has just sent in this message to the MCN office: 'I'm ...

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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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Ride California: Top 5 biker hang-outs

Ped Baker, 14 June 2010 16:19

Japan is famed for its technology, Britain for its history, and Italy for its glamour, but where is motorcycling’s heart and soul; the place where everything seems geared to an exquisite bike-based experience? Answer: California.   Travel guide: It's time to ride California Here's our top 5 biker hang-outs not to be missed in the Golden State: 1. The Rock StoreThe ...

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Ride California: Visit a chop shop

Ped Baker, 14 June 2010 16:12

Peter Fonda and the late Dennis Hopper may have popularised chopper culture in the 1969 film Easy Rider but small bike shops across the state had been building chopped and bobbed machines since the late 40’s. Travel guide: It's time to ride California A trip to California isn’t complete without returning home with at least a couple of T-shirts from ...

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Travel guide: It's time to ride California

Ped Baker, 14 June 2010 16:05

Japan is famed for its technology, Britain for its history, and Italy for its glamour, but where is motorcycling’s heart and soul; the place where everything seems geared to an exquisite bike-based experience? Answer: California.  Ride California: Visit a chop shop Ride California: Top 5 biker hang-outs California should be on every motorcyclist’s gotta-do-it destination list. The Pacific Coast Highway ...

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