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Module 1 difficult?

am, 18 May 2012 16:27

I took my module 1 bike test last Wednesday and I have to say I found it quite easy. I had four lessons beforehand, never having sat on a motorbike before, let alone controlled one. The bit that I struggled with most in practice was the U turn but the two white lines in the test centre are so far apart that you could ...

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128 ways to dump your bike

MCN Riding Skills, 08 July 2011 16:23

An oldie but a goodie, this list of 128 ways to drop your bike isn’t just worth a laugh, it raises some useful points too. Obviously the writer has a bit of an issue with side-stands (around a third of the drops are failing-to-deploy-support-stand related), but the rest cover everything from pillion activity to poor road surfaces and just plain ...

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Retro riding skills: “adult, impulsive and brash”

Dan Aspel, 03 June 2011 15:14

Get ready to learn some retro riding skills, Aussie style. This road safety video from the Commonwealth Film Unit was made in 1959. It shows a bunch of “too-cool-for-school” bike-mad kids getting a lesson in bike safety, track riding and essential maintenance. Motorcycles, film-making and social values may have come a hell of a long way in the past 52 ...

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Know the track: Mallory Park

Dan Aspel, 02 December 2010 13:33

In a nut shellOne a pony-trotting track, Mallory then went on to host grass track meetings. Road racing started here in 1956. Small and friendly, it stimulates some fiery action, despite being a short track at just 1.35 miles in length.  Key to a good lapThere are just five corner at Mallory Park, although one of them – Gerards – ...

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What happens when you get caught speeding over 100mph

MCN, 13 August 2010 15:41

If you are caught speeding at over 100mph on a national speed limit road, you are probably looking at a ban, even if your job relies on you having a driving licence. For speeding the penalty is between 3-6 points, with a fine not exceeding £2500 on a motorway or £1000 on any other road. Alternatively, the magistrates can give a ...

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Riding skills: high-speed cruising on an unfaired bike

Guy Procter, 22 July 2010 17:36

People would have you believe unfaired bikes without clip-ons have a cruising speed limit of 80mph. Not so. It just takes a bit more than sitting there like a pudding. Try reaching down and holding the top of the fork leg with your left hand. You only need a hand on the throttle to maintain the cruise and make gentle ...

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Module 1 test - it's extremely unsafe

Dave b, 19 July 2010 22:36

I too have recently taken my Module 1 test and I was failed for doing 49kph through the speed trap, although I completed a 62 kph emergency stop. I had completed all other skills without fault. It felt extremely unsafe. I think they should allow 10% margin for error as allowed under construction and use regs for speedos in Europe.

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Videos: Riding safety advice the French way

Pierre Galpin, 09 July 2010 16:32

French road safety authorities have chanced on a novel and surprisingly effective way of getting the message across about wearing the right gear – by grinding up fruit and veg. Enjoy.   This new advertising campaign directs a researcher using food to show what happens when you crash without protections. A clever way to make the riders aware of the road ...

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How to ride an electric bike

Michael Neeves, 21 May 2010 15:48

We recently rode the Mavizen TTX02, the world¹s first production electric superbike. Here's what it taught us about future adjustments we'll need to make to our riding - and things we can keep doing the same. First and foremost, it's as simple to ride as a scooter; there's no clutch or gearbox - just twist the throttle and off you go. There ...

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Am I to blame for crash while overtaking?

MCN, 07 May 2010 16:38

Q. Last year I was the victim of a pretty bad motorcycle accident where I ended up with a fractured pelvis and arm. I was following a couple of friends on a rideout. They had overtaken a line of three or four cars ahead and I was overtaking the same cars when one of them pulled across me without indicating, ...

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