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How to prepare for a summer tour

MCN Technical Staff, 05 March 2009 14:00

What do I need? The absolute minimum is a bike, some money for fuel and you. No, seriously. If you want scenery or interesting places to go on the cheap then the UK has it all. If you travel abroad a passport and documents are necessary. It’s only when you want those added luxuries that touring starts to become an ...

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Kawasaki Versys becomes proper adventure bike

Guy Procter, 22 December 2009 17:00

We knew the Kawasaki Versys was a versatile bike, but this versatile? The unknown owner has given the bike a proper off-road going-over, fitting long-travel forks and shock, knobblies and a cobbled bash-guard. The mods should make the £5895 Kawasaki a half-way decent rival for BMW’s similarly parallel-twin-powered F800GS (£6700). The mods should cost you, erm, about the difference. Via ...

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15 best adventure touring tips

Jasper Winn, 24 May 2010 16:38

Be a tourist or be an adventure traveller: it can mean the difference between going for an epic ride, and being taken for one.  1. Simple is really goodLess than less makes for easy travel. Just one really good shirt costs less than three crap shirts, lasts longer than all of them together, and feels better, works better and can ...

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Video: Charley Boorman's off-road tips on the 08 R1200GS

Angus Farquhar, 01 January 2008 00:00

At the recent launch of the 2008 BMW R1200GS we caught up with long distance adventurer Charlie Boorman to make the most of some of the knowledge that he has picked up on his two massive Long Way trips with Ewan McGregor and his attempt at the 2007 Dakar. Check out the video below to see Boorman give you some ...

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Touring advice - Traffic laws in France

James Mostyn, 04 June 2009 14:34

A road trip to France can be excellent fun, before you set off you should be aware of the laws regarding the roads. This list isn't exhaustive but it should help you spend more time riding and less time talking to the Police. • EU driving licence holders that exceed the speed limit by over 40 km/h will have their licenses confiscated ...

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Riding in France

john good, 02 October 2008 08:30

I and two other mates had a 5 day trip around France in June. Traveling through a small town, slightly lost due to road diversions, we were stopped by two french plod bikes. We were told that we all drove over a stop sign and we were fined on the spot! Fortunately the plod were in a good mood and only ...

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How to keep biking down to a sweet roar

Simon Deane-Johns, 02 September 2008 17:13

Keen bikers might shake their heads in disbelief, but I've been guilty of denial and procrastination over this since Jan '02, when I began blasting out along the M1 to Watford every weekday on an 1150GS. Boy does that wind howl in your ears at... ahem... 70mph. Ear plugs seemed an obvious solution. But the little yellow foam ones had ...

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Sometimes you just can’t win.

Dan Aspel, 10 September 2010 14:39

Sometimes you just can’t win. You’re riding along on a low-powered touring bike, taking in the scenery, breathing deeply and slowly and then… … we won’t spoil the surprise. The rider apparently escaped with nothing worse than a lower leg fracture, thankfully.

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Lonely Planet guide to Scotland

Lonely Planet, 06 February 2008 15:01

Honed by long competition with its English neighbours, buoyant Scotland has survived encroachment, brass-monkey weather and invasion by stand-up comedians. Its people are feisty, opinionated and fiercely loyal. The countryside is a wild, beautiful tumble of raw mountain peaks and deep glassy lakes. There's a plethora of tartan-checked beaten tracks across this land, but even in well-thumbed tourist hubs like ...

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Travel advice: Taking your bike on the ferry

Ped Baker, 08 May 2009 16:16

MCN expert Ped Baker is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I'm going down to Barcelona with a friend on bikes to watch a football match. We are going to get the Ferry across the channel. How will our bikes be secured? Will I need to take ...

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