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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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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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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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Customising, Culture & Harley-Davidson

Ped Baker, 21 April 2011 09:41

MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester) There are more than 30 examples of heavily modified Harleys in this Manchester exhibition that celebrates the diversity of customisation and the culture surrounding Harleys and the people who build and ride them. The exhibition includes Harleys from every decade of the 20th century, ranging from a 1909 Model 5, a California Highway ...

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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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International Monkey Bike meeting, Belgium

Ped Baker, 01 July 2010 10:29

The 17th (yes, really) annual international Dax meeting is being held in Vise, just south of Maastricht, on July 25th. The event promises a show, autojumble, trade stands and two "regional" ride outs. The monkey bike is prime cult material. It's impractical, slow, uncomfortable and from the 1970's. The little bikes are hugely popular in Belgium. Owners spend a fortune ...

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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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Preparing yourself and your bike for a long distance rally

Ped Baker, 11 June 2010 17:18

MCN's deputy editor has just returned from the five day, 843 mile Motogiro d'Italia classic rally. Here are his tips on preparing both bike and rider for any long distance riding event like the Giro.  Prepare yourselfOn paper, classic bike events such as the Motogiro d'Italia don't look that daunting. After all, 200 miles (average daily mileage) should take no ...

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