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 four bikes right now:

'78 Kawasaki Z650
'97 Triumph Daytona 955i
'02 Suzuki SV650s
'09 Yamaha R1

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

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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driverless cars could boost motorcycling numbers
Life on bikes

They’re the most boring thing to hit motoring since the Mini Metro. For that reason, driverless cars could boost motorcycling numbers. I come across many motorcyclists who are concerned about the inevitable arrival of the driverless car. I was too before I realised that taking responsibility away from a driver

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what is the best adventure bike
Life on bikes

After a lifetime on sports bikes, the Editor of Biker & Bike has decided he needs an adventure bike. So naturally, he asked around to find out what is the best adventure bike. He didn’t get the answer he was expecting. I’ll be honest, I was going to buy an

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Low Rider by Ian Mutch
Life on bikesReviews

Handily, seeing as we are in the middle of our ‘You don’t need an adventure bike to go on an adventure,’ season, a copy of Low Rider, by Ian Mutch, has landed in the office. It turns out it’s the perfect short trip read. I was barely through the first

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Costa Blanca Loop
Biker's Bucket List

With nearly 140km of tight bends, magnificent mountain scenery and a world-class motorcycle museum, the round route between Pego and El Castell de Guadalest is one of the world’s best biking experiences. Welcome to a biking nirvana, the Costa Blanca Loop. In the end, I lost count of the number

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moped gangs
Life on bikes

Unless the UK’s Criminal Justice System changes, moped gangs are not going to be deterred enough to give up. Some months ago we pointed out that the only way to deal with the scourge of moped riding criminals was dedicated tactical motorcycle teams. The news that multiple police forces around

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