Ian Malone
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Ian Malone

Ian is the Editor and a co-founder of Biker & Bike.

He is obsessed about bikes to the point that he often starts conversations with new people by saying, "Please don't get me onto the subject of bikes. We'll be here all day."

Inevitably, the next question asked is nearly always, "What bike have you got, then?"

He owns five bikes right now:

'78 Kawasaki Z650
'97 Triumph Daytona 955i
'11 Triumph Tiger 800
'09 Yamaha R1
'88 Suzuki TS125X

At any one time, only two of these bikes are ever working, as you can read about on our blog.

smartbike
Life on bikes

Has the time come for our bikes to be a lot smarter – so smart they could defeat bike thieves, tell us exactly what’s wrong with them and even take control to avoid an accident? Is it time for the smart motorcycle to arrive? It’s rare for me to be

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Advanced riding training
Advice

Advanced riding training is something insurers are very keen on, for understandable reasons. Most offer discounts if you have some form of recognised training and Bennetts go one step further, offering their customers opportunities to train with California Superbike School to hone their control skills. A well-trained rider is less

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stingers on motorcycles
Blog

The Southend Shakedown was brought to a standstill this weekend when Essex police deployed a stinger device against motorcyclists. Reports surfaced of a small number of motorcyclists riding dangerously in some parts of Southend during the iconic Shakedown ride to the seaside town. Videos on social media showed an officer

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Inside Britain's Moped Gangs
Blog

The recent BBC documentary ‘Inside Britain’s Moped Gangs’ followed a group of motorcycle thieves and caused controversy among bikers. But many people may have missed the point of the programme. Biker & Bike started after I watched a video of a gang of young men on scooters stealing a motorcycle

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pit lane girl
Life on bikes

With the controversy over pit lane girls, there’s no better time to meet someone who has spent her life around bikes, much of it in the pit lane. Jean Lane’s love affair with biking began in the heyday of the cafe racer. A Teddy Boy boyfriend had acquired a bike

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Advice

How many times have you ridden past a speed camera van and felt like sticking two fingers up as you pass? The next time you do, keep those fingers gripping the ‘bars, as the camera operator inside is firmly within his rights to issue you with a £100 fine –

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Fred Hill motorcycle protestor
Life on bikes

It’s over 40 years since helmets became compulsory on a motorbike. Today, nobody gives a second thought to wearing a lid, so it’s not surprising that many people have never even heard of Fred Hill. But his story is worth hearing and indeed celebrating. It’s February 1984 and once again

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moped endurance racing
Life on bikes

If watching Captain America tearing around a dirt track on a Monkey bike sounds like fun, imagine doing it yourself. We spoke to Shaun Isaac, founder of the Nifty Fifty Endurance Championship, on how easy it is to get involved in one of motor racing’s daftest sports. The idea is

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Lone Rider Elspeth Beard
Life on bikesReviews

Elspeth Beard was the first English woman to ride a motorcycle around the world. In Lone Rider, written 30 years later, she recounts an epic journey that would defeat many a man. Open disclosure: This review, though entirely unbiased, would like to encourage more women, not just men, to take

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Hit the road Jaq!
Life on bikesReviews

When Jacqui Furneaux hit 50, she had an idea – travel to India, buy an Enfield and ride around a bit. Twenty countries later, she had another idea: write a bit about it. Both were a great idea. It’s easy to assume solo round the world bikers are loners, people

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