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BikePlus - advanced rider training in East Midlands

MCN, 30 June 2011 16:04

BikePlus is a new advanced training initiative in the East Midlands subsidised by Derbyshire County Council. Thanks to a scheme run by the road safety partnership they will provide £80 towards post test training for any rider in Derbyshire or a neighbouring county from a list of approved trainers. BikePlus meets the Enhanced Rider Scheme, so at the end of the ...

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Where can I ride off-road? Your questions answered

Richard Simpson, 06 December 2010 11:45

By Richard Simpson of the Trail Riders Fellowship There is increasing pressure on land use on our overcrowded island, and the days when you could just ride on wasteland and commons or up and down tracks and bridleways without getting in serious trouble with the law are now long behind us. Here's a handy guide telling you where to ride: ...

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Riding skills: Beware black ice

Dan Aspel, 02 December 2010 13:38

This video, shot in the Vancouver area, shows the dangers of black ice on an apparently clear road.  As the road was slightly elevated above sea level, rain water that fell in previously warm conditions began to freeze as the sun started to set. The bike began to lowside as grip was lost on the black ice, then as soon ...

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Get your road race licence with MSV

James Keen, 11 November 2010 10:57

From 27 November 2010 Club MSV will be offering any rider the chance to become a racer with an official ACU Licence test at any of MSV’s five motor sport circuits. The test is designed to ensure that riders understand the basic safety and  organisational requirements for participating in bike racing. Those with a full, current DVLA road licence can now simply ...

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Riding Skills: Interview with a Blood Runner

MCN, 27 October 2010 15:44

For most of us, going out riding is a great chance to unwind and relax. However a small number of riders across the South of England manage to combine their love of motorcycling with providing an extremely valuable and needy service.  SERV (Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers) - otherwise known as the Blood Runners - is made up of volunteer bikers & riders ...

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Learn trials riding in the beautiful Peak District

James Keen, 17 September 2010 15:14

Fancy learning the patient and skilled art of trials riding? One of Britain’s most successful Dakar endurance riders - Mick Extance - is running a series of new Trials Experience Days, based in the beautiful Peak District.  Mick explained: “We saw there was a need for a trials experience as there are only a handful in the country and, from talking with ...

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Contesting group speeding fines

MCN, 03 September 2010 17:41

Q. The police pulled me and three other mates over when we were out for a ride in Wales recently. The police officer showed us the police gun which showed that we were all allegedly doing 122mph in a 60mph zone. I asked how it was possible that we were all caught doing the same speed, especially as I was ...

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Top 10 bad riding habits

Dan Aspel, 27 August 2010 16:51

1. Irregular maintenance Your bike will respond really well to regular checks, particularly the chain and other parts that can be easily cleaned and lubricated. It’s easy to put it off, but a weekly clean makes a big difference. 2. “Low eyes” It’s easy to focus too hard on the road just in front of you and not look at what’s coming. ...

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How and why to smooth downchanges

Anonymous, 20 August 2010 20:00

You could go a long way in your riding skills career observing the mantra ‘smooth is fast’. In fact you could add ‘smooth is safe’ and ‘smooth is cool’ to the rules of thumb too. At the fast extreme, it’s often the smoothest, least aggressive-looking – least fast looking – riding which turns out to be the quickest (witness Joey ...

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Riding skills: The best advice ever

Guy Procter, 13 August 2010 16:51

There's a mountain of good riding advice out there, and no magic fix to compete with tens of thousands of miles of practice. But sometimes one simple rule-of-thumb that's easy to remember can save your bacon more reliably than that stack of ride-better books you can't remember reading. These are ours. Tell us yours. Look further ahead (Ali) Don't hold ...

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