New rider (November 2009)

  • Master the art of riding at night

    28 September 2017 by Adam Child

    Master the art of riding at night

    Riding at night can be very satisfying with the roads less crowded and distractions swallowed up in the dark, but you have got to take some extra precautions to make it safe as well as...

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  • New rider: Braking in the wet

    30 November 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    New rider: Braking in the wet

    Like most other things in life, braking in the wet is straightforward if you plan ahead. The first part of the plan is to practice applying the brakes on a traffic-free stretch of road with a...

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  • How to move your bike around on foot

    20 November 2009 by Marc Abbott

    How to move your bike around on foot

    Manoeuvring your bike is one of those tasks that's simple if you follow a few basic rules. If you're not able to get two feet flat on the floor, hop off onto the left side away from the traffic and...

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  • Basic Skills: How to check your tyre pressure

    13 November 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Basic Skills: How to check your tyre pressure

    Checking your tyres on a weekly basis is a really good habit to get into. Not only will you ensure that your bike¹s handling stays sweet, but simply crouching down to check pressures and condition of...

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  • Keep warm, protect against cold.

    07 November 2009 by rcraven

    If you're riding in poor weather conditions, getting colder, wetter etc. take a leaf out of the vintage motorcyclists book. Apart from slowing down, stop and have a break and a cup of tea etc. Buy a newspaper and put it under your jacket so it covers your chest, it will further insulate you against the cold weather. Also put plastic bags over your socks under your boots and get some plastic type...

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  • Basic Skills: How to pick up a motorcycle

    06 November 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Basic Skills: How to pick up a motorcycle

    Bikes are inherently unstable beasts on their two wheels and when they topple over it’s important that you know how to pick it up without damaging yourself, or your pride and joy some more. Whichever...

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  • Basic Skills: How not to stall

    06 November 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Basic Skills: How not to stall

    Stalling turns your fleet-footed steed that responds to every delicate touch, into a 150 kilo lump of metal that wants to crush your leg. But if you learn the warning signs you can pull away cleanly...

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