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The British Superbike School

wapdad, 21 February 2012 23:01

Mike Abbott started post-test motorcycle training in 2009, having qualified as a RoSPA Instructor, and was later accredited by the DSA. He had road raced from 1989 until finally giving up in 2005, attending any race school he could find, preparing his own bikes as a qualified Automotive Engineer. You’ll see him on page 170 of Rupert Paul’s book ‘Pass ...

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Riding in strong winds

MCN, 07 December 2011 16:28

The UK is likely to be hit with very strong winds over the next couple of days, with gusts of over 90mph expected in parts of Scotland and Northern England. Below are a couple of tips to help you ride in strong winds. Obviously, if the winds are too strong and you don't feel confident riding in such conditions, leave the ...

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Riding skills: Top three learner rider complaints

Rupert Paul, 11 July 2011 15:45

It’s tempting to go for the cheapest bike training course you can find. Here are three reasons why that might not be a good idea. 1. The bikes Training school bikes have a hard life. But they should still be reliable, of good quality, and come with a reasonable spares backup in the event of a drop. Many riders who’ve ...

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Riding skills: Turning from a stop

Guy Procter, 24 June 2011 16:07

The ever-watchable Captain Crash has some useful advice on how to pull away from a standstill turning, rather than straying too far into (potentially) harm's way.

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Riding skills: Why your brain makes you ride like you do

Rupert Paul, 24 June 2011 15:41

I'm writing this on a beautiful English summer's day. The birds are twittering, the sun is hot, and for the past couple of hours I've been listening bike after bike burble up the street before hitting the edge of town and howling into the open countryside beyond. I've been welding up a trailer, but the urge to drop everything and ...

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Crash Card: Every helmet should have one

Guy Procter, 09 June 2011 15:46

There's no bigger favour you can do a paramedic – and hence yourself in the event of a crash – than keeping a Crash Card in your helmet. How do we know? Because it's the idea of the motorcyclists within the ambulance service itself. The Crash Card is a simple business-card-sized note you store inside the padding of your helmet ...

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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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Think you're a bit handy at low speed riding?

Andy Downes, 04 March 2011 10:12

If you've ever thought you were a bit tasty at low speed riding then you need to have a look at this Japanese video where riders are attempting to score points while riding around a coned-out course. These competitions are often held in Japan with the Police using their specially-built Honda VFR800s but this is the first time we have ...

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MCN Riding skills videos: Your opinion needed!

James Keen, 21 January 2011 11:39

Over the coming weeks we're going to be filming a series of in-depth riding skills videos that will appear right here on our website. We hope you'll find these skills video useful, whatever level your riding is at. So our question is: What advice videos should be produce to have the biggest impact on your riding enjoyment and safety? What element of riding have ...

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Troy Bayliss to instruct at Ducati Riding Experience

Andy Downes, 11 January 2011 13:00

Former World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss will give riding tuition at the 2011 Ducati Riding Experience at a series of dates at racetracks across Italy. Bayliss retired from racing at the end of the 2009 season after one of the most successful careers in the WSB series – all with Ducati. He now returns to Ducati as an instructor on ...

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