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Jock McJock

Jock would describe himself as a world child, though a child with a greying beard and ever-receding hairline.

Gaining his bike licence over 30 years ago, from the roads of Perth, Scotland, to the dirt roads of Perth, Australia, he stopped counting the miles as the half million mark easily came and went, barely noticed. Emotive, sarcastic, direct, as happy to bimble and take in the view as he is to drag a kneeslider and ignore the view.

His biking CV is an eclectic mix, from racer to tourer, track instructor to ride leader, he has ridden all over the globe, describing the journey as ‘in progress’, never ready to sit back and settle for the biking memories he has. Rather than just going from A to B, Jock makes sure A to B has a story in it to tell.

Jock revels in the analytical side of riding and product testing. His passion spills out into helping everyone from newcomers to aspiring racers, providing guidance to those riders who may lack confidence on their bikes, through lectures and riding analysis.

So buy him a donut and a coffee and settle in for a roller coaster ride of biking emotions.

Honda Grom addict
Life on bikes

In part 1: I am Grom, Jock tries to rationalise why a grown man would buy the modern era’s version of the Monkey Bike. Here in part 2, like a junkie trying to explain the loveliness of smack to his mum, he fills us in on the addiction. First time

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Honda Grom
Life on bikes

Across the world, grown men and teenagers are going nuts for a bike called the Honda Grom. Jock McJock (yes, he of BMW R1200GS and Triumph Street Triple 765RS fame), has joined the cult.  Jock McGromster Ok, so at 49, getting closer to 50, I bought a Honda MSX125, commonly

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R1200GS vs S1000XR
Reviews

Jock switched from a hypernaked V4 Tuono to the supposedly more humble BMW R1200GS and his world-view changed. Then he realised he was missing something. So he bought an S1000XR and, once again, it’s a game-changer for him. The BMW R1200GS is the secret weapon in the twisties, fooling many

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BMW GS touring
Life on bikes

There is something about a fully loaded BMW GS that bikers either love or hate. As Jock found out when he bought his R1200GS, there are many reasons why so many people buy the Range Rover of bikes. There was a time when old buggers like me, even at the

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Pirelli Diablo Rosso 3 Triumph Street Triple 765 RS
Gear and kit

Over 2000 miles, Jock tests the Pirelli Diablo Rosso 3 on a Triumph Street Triple 765 RS on arguably the greatest testing track of them all: The Alps. Black and round ones is the lazy suggestion I all too often give when people ask what tyres they should buy. Why?

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Motorcycle trackers
Motorbike security

Motorcycle trackers are nothing new, but with the surge in bike theft in some areas of the country, Jock thought it was about time his bikes had better protection. You don’t need to be loitering on social media to see that motorcycle theft has risen dramatically in recent years. Whether

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BG 44K® Fuel System Cleaner
Maintenance

Always seeking to get extra welly out of his bikes, Jock McJock tries some liquid alchemy to make his old ‘Blade go just that little bit faster. You have a bike that’s done a few years maybe. You want it to be reliable, you want it to perform as good

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Do fuel additives work?
Maintenance

Jock, never known to hang around (unless it’s winter) completely unscientifically tests an engine additive to see if they actually work. Shortly after passing my test I had to learn the differences of power and throttle performance long before I could afford dyno time. I raced, hooned and generally misbehaved

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Applecross road Scotland
Biker's Bucket List

In the second and final part of his epic ride around some of the UK’s, no the world’s, greatest biking roads, Jock McJock takes us around the northern shores of his home country. After the previous day took in lochs aplenty and the legendary A87 to Skye, Jock heads along

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Metzler Roadtec 01
Gear and kit

Race-track tyre tester and long distance mile muncher Jock McJock gets to grips, literally, with the Metzler Roadtec 01. Does it match the hype put out by the manufacturer? No doubt you’re reading this having looked on the internet for some kind of real world guidance to this ‘new in 2016’

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