Before I attempt to write any of these riding features I always go for a ride to investigate my thought process and to analyze what actions I take, plus why I take them.This time, before riding, if you had asked me about overtaking I would have said, well you just check your mirr...
With the help of James Whitham, who admits that "the only way I used to go fast in the wet was to follow the guy in front of me, and then try to go a bit quicker," read, digest, adjust your tyre pressures accordingly and go for a nuclear ride this weekend.How to ride fast ride in...
For all of us, riding bikes is a seat of the pants skill, so no matter where you are when it comes to ability and experience, your bike will be constantly feeding back information that hopefully can be put to good use. While there might be a few riders who can immediately recogni...
Strange as it may seem when I first moved from full time racing to winging it as a bike journalist seven years ago, I really struggled to get road bikes to go round corners.During my 20 years of racing I rarely ventured onto the road and whenever I did it was never a particularly...
If you ride smoothly while staying relaxed but sharp, then getting into trouble should hopefully be a rare occurrence. Having said that, tricky, unexpected situations will always unfold occasionally, so this month I’ll try to explain what action I take when things go wrong.Althou...
Ask any youngster what the right handlebar grip on a motorbike does and he’ll tell you it’s for making the bike go faster.Which is true but it will also help you slow down, steer you into corners, steer you out of corners and assist greatly when it comes to changing up and down t...
Will bikers get the green light to use ASLs?THE TRANSPORT Research Laboratory (TRL) is conducting an experimental study on behalf of the Department for Transport into the effects of permitting motorcycles to use Advanced Stop Lines (ASLs
For me, fast road riding has never been about on the limit braking, knee down action or the rear tyre wiggling while nailing the throttle on a corner exit. I’ve always liked to save that stuff for the track and, if the truth be known, be it lack of bottle or just boring old commo...
In most sports or hobbies learning from your mistakes is a pretty straightforward process. It might be a simple case of not making the same error again, or practising a difficult skill over and over again until you’ve got it down perfectly.Motorcycling is somewhat different. When...
Watch any really good rider, whether they’re riding trials, speedway, motocross, road racing or on the road, and they all share a common attribute; they look relaxed on the bike. There is, needless to say, a very good reason for this – motorbikes work more efficiently with a rela...
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