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Event Coverage: Motorcycles Live 2016

The UK’s biggest motorcycle show; Motorcycles Live 2016 took place at the NEC centre in Birmingham from November 19-27 and it was eventful as always.  The annual main event of the motorcycle calendar saw hundreds of classic, retro and modern bikes from a huge range of manufacturers. The show saw …

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Make target fixation work for you

Have you ever heard of target fixation? It’s where your eyes focus on an obstacle and you end up riding your motorcycle straight into it. My wife had a big case of target fixation on her learner course: she saw the fence, thought she would hit it, didn’t take her …

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Australian model launches BMW model

Australian model and motorcycle rider Rhian Paige helped BMW Motorrad launch its self-balancing Vision Next 100 concept motorcycle. Paige worked for some time at Morgan & Wacker motorcycle dealership in Brisbane in marketing the BMW and Harley-Davidson brands. She has also worked with both brands in Australia and the USA. …

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Gladstone No. 1 at The Bike Shed

Gladstone No. 1 at The Bike Shed, London When Gladstone Motorcycles launched in 2013, it was the first brand-new bespoke British motorcycle manufacturer since Hesketh in 1984. Only nine Gladstone No.1 motorcycles have been built and we stumbled upon one recently in The Bike Shed, in Shoreditch, London. It’s a second-hand bike …

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Video reminds riders of flood caution

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxheOM79cdc?feature=oembed&wmode=opaque&w=720&h=405] This video reminds riders to approach flooded roads with caution as flooding is expected to continue across four eastern states and South Australia over the next few weeks. The above comical, but serious, video comes from Mumbai, India, where four days of constant rain has flooded many roads. NSW, Victoria and …

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Noisy motorbike exhausts doomed?

CVO Limited As noisy motorbike exhausts seem doomed by complaints and heightened law enforcement around the world, Harley-Davidson has been able to increase the noise of its new models. Their new Milwaukee Eight V-twin engine is mechanically quieter which means they have been able to make the exhaust note louder and …

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Lessons learnt from motorcycle crashes

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-uvBvHpXdw]   Although most of my motorcycle crashes occurred skylarking around on little trail bikes in grassy paddocks as a teen, there have been three major crashes in my long career. Charley Boorman was only joking when he told a group about to head off on a Compass Expeditions outback trip …

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How do you hold the throttle?

Surely how you hold the motorcycle throttle should be simple and straightforward, but it’s not. Everyone agrees you should have a relaxed grip and never use the throttle to hold on to the bike. “Throttling” the throttle will lead to jerky acceleration over bumps and after some time it will …

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Museum Velocette goes to auction

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AkvWM_GLdI?feature=oembed&wmode=opaque&w=720&h=405] This 1966 Velocette Thruxton will leave the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham where it has been on display and go to the H&H Classics Donington Park Auction on July 28, 2016.  The Velocette was the last great British single, outlasting other British marques by almost a decade. The Velocette Thruxton lived …

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Motorcycle road rules farce nears end

Crossing borders can be a legal nightmare Arcane road rules that affect motorcyclists and vary from state to state are gradually being addressed with NSW the latest to see reason. Over the past few years, these varied laws have exposed riders to being fined for: Having a GPS on their bike; Not …

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