How to survive riding through roadworks

No matter where you travel, Iit is inevitable that you will come to roadworks where there is some gravel, which could be dangerous for road bikes. While the construction crew should provide a safe alternate route for ALL road users, including motorcycles, this isn’t always the case. I’ve had to ride sports bikes through loose …

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What is the best lane position?

The answer to what is the best lane position for motorcycle riders is not simple. Most instructors tell novice motorcyclists to ride in the driver’s side wheel track so they can be seen and where the tyres clean the road of oil, gravel and rainwater. That’s the simple answer and one that most people use to …

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Use your footpegs all the time in motion

Riders should keep their feet on the footpegs whenever their bike is moving to retain control, balance and to use the rear brake for slow manoeuvres. Until recently, riders were banned from taking their feet off the footpegs in a badly written piece of legislation designed to stop people from hooning and performing stunts on motorcycles. …

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Clipping the apex

How many apexes in a corner?

Motorcycle riders often talk about the apex of a corner, but there are actually several apexes in a corner you can choose. So which one should you aim for? The apex is the point at which you are closest to the inside of a corner. However, it is a common myth that there is only …

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How to ride a motorcycle in high wind

One of the trickiest conditions to ride in is high wind, especially if the road is also wet. High winds can be dangerous as they can blow your bike off course. They can also be tiring on a rider and just plain annoying. Don’t go riding in gale-force winds on purpose. However, sometimes you simply …

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Ten tips on walking your motorcycle

Walking your motorcycle is the quickest and most effective way of moving your bike, but most people find the safest way to move a motorcycle around in your garage or a carpark is to sit on it and paddle with your feet. That’s fine unless your bike is tall and you can only get your toes on the …

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Tips for riding with the wind

I love a winding road, but I hate a windy road. Yesterday we encountered both, plus freezing cold and pelting rain. Just the right combination for a horrible day, right? Wrong. Despite a few scary moments and some inconvenience because I had stupidly packed an open-faced helmet and tinted goggles rather than a full-face with …

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