Ride Like Mackenzie: Road Survival

Join the one and only Niall Mackenzie as he divulges everything he knows about faster, smoother, safer riding, on the road and track, all of it gained from the highest levels of world competition and through 24 years of road riding experience

Posted: 11 November 2010
by Niall Mackenzie

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Now I know road survival sounds about as fun as watching paint dry while listening to Will Young's greatest hit, but bear with me. Obviously it'll never be as sexy as learning to hoist massive stand-up wheelies or how to slot in a sub 1.36-second lap of Donington, but as the road's where we all spend most of our time then staying alive while we're there is really rather useful. It also means we can get to our next trackday/deserted backroad stretch faster, smoother and more safely. So actually, road survival is a very good thing, and without it we'd all be, umm, not alive and that would be bad so sit up straight at the back and pay some bloody attention.

Hopefully you all got on alright with last month's homework and can now demolish roads you know just as well as those you don't, cutting a swathe through your local countryside with all the grace and majesty of an eagle soaring above the highland lochs and glens, feathers fluttering in the crisp Scottish air, and... sorry, getting a bit carried away there, but you get the point.

But now we have a lesson to get on with so let us away for a ride through some everyday terrain and a bit of a chat, starting in town...

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I agree with most of what Niall discusses but the idea of using engine braking instead of the brakes is daft. This is not what the police do in their training and certainly not what was taught to me on ERS. A smooth combination of shifting, brakes and engine speed management is the best solution. 

Posted: 22/02/2011 at 20:30

Good sound advice from Niall.
You need 3 pairs of eyes to look out for all the idiots who aren't using theirs..
Think twice before you overtake, rather hangback than end up spread across the road. Assume drivers haven't seen you.
Filter slowly and cautiously.
If you ride like everyone else is an idiot you'll be prepared for the one who is..

Posted: 05/11/2011 at 23:07

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