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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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