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Riding skills: Filtering

It’s not queue jumpingFiltering is always a contentious topic as those not on a bike often look upon it as queue jumping. That of course is rubbish; it’s what bikes were built to do. What the law saysThe Highway Code says “when filtering in slow-moving traffic, take care and keep your speed low” which appears to me to be tacit ...

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  • Riding Skills
  • 23 June 2014

Ride like King Kenny Roberts

Inspired by Kenny Roberts' still-got-it performance at the Festival of 1000 Bikes at Mallory? You couldn't fail to be. So if you fancy benefiting from the tiniest shard of genius thrown from the master, you could do worse than watch this. We trust Babelgum has full licensing clearance to screen the classic Champions: Kenny Roberts doc in full (a quick ...

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  • Riding Skills
  • 11 July 2011

Riding Skills: How to get instant Motocross legend status!

Got mad Motocross skills? Want to take your place alongside Evgeny Bobryshev, Rui Gonçalves and other off-road riders nobody’s ever heard of? Now you can! Just go to: hondaworldmotocross.bfig.co.uk, enter your details, upload a photo and watch as you’re seamlessly transported into the role of Honda World Motocross’ third rider! Marvel as your name appears on a computer screen! Gasp ...

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  • Riding Skills
  • 17 June 2011

Learn to ride off road with Leon Haslam

BMW is offering the chance to learn to ride off-road with World Superbike racer Leon Haslam on 24-25 July 2011. Leon will be assisting Chief Instructor Simon Pavey at BMW's Off Road Skills a few days before he heads to Silverstone for the British round of the World Superbike Championship. 28 lucky riders will be able to book a place ...

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  • Riding Skills
  • 09 June 2011

Riding skills: Kickstarting a big single, in flip flops

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
  • 03 June 2011

Esoteric riding skills #7: How to escape future 'Raptures'

Here's a good primer for any future 'Raptures' – cult-predicted ends of the world – and how you, as a motorcyclist and presumably also a sinner, are equipped to escape them. Alternatively, if you're reading this too late, the Rapture has already commenced and you can't find your key, watch this and go out with a smile.

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  • Riding Skills
  • 27 May 2011

Erzberg Rodeo 2011

Where better to test your riding skills that the Erzberg Rodeo? Dubbed “the toughest race in the world” by feverishly insistent organisers, the Austrian off-road event is based on and around the Erzberg “Ore Mountain” (1533m). Mined since the 12th century it once produced more than 800,000 tonnes of iron ore per year. Nowadays the “Iron Road” and “Iron Mountain” ...

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  • Riding Skills
  • 26 May 2011

Esoteric riding skills #6: How to wash a passing train

Motorcyclists have a lot to thank trains for. They take loads off roads, leaving them more pleasant places to ride, they rarely pull out unexpectedly and their high ticket prices and late running put a powerful pro-motorcycling case to commuters daily. How can we even begin to repay this debt? A man in Pakistan has a plan.

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  • Riding Skills
  • 11 May 2011

How not to be overawed by your big adventure tourer

Okay, this is more inspiration than information, but just realising how cumbersome your big adventure tourer needn’t be can be very empowering. Here we see how well even one of the biggest – Yamaha’s XTZ1200 Super Tenere – responds to being bossed, courtesy of an as yet un-named Greek rider and his ‘urban enduro’ antics.

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 11 May 2011

Esoteric riding skills no.5: How to ride round the rim of a giant sandstone pothole

Granted it’s not a widespread challenge riders face, but if and when you are, then any information becomes very relevant indeed. The man in this next video wants to graduate to giant sandstone pothole rim riding, but sensibly has opted to start with something smaller. Key learnings: 1 Keep the throttle on2 Look ahead3 Grip the tank with your knees4 ...

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  • Riding Skills
  • 06 May 2011

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