Jock McJock
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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.

Beeline motorcycle navigation
Gear and kitLife on bikes

The Beeline Moto motorcycle navigation system takes a new approach to GPS-based guidance. We’ll be following the team behind it as they bring the new device to market, hopefully giving them a few insights into what bikers are looking for. This article follows on from Jock’s article on Sat nav

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Sat nav or smartphone?
Gear and kit

A new navigation gadget has Jock pondering whether there is a new answer to that decade old question: sat nav or smartphone? Skip to our preview of the new Beeline Moto navigation system > I’ve been called all manner of things over the years. Circus Bear, Ballerina Rhino, more often

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Life on bikes

Having fully embraced his inner clown with his Grom addiction, Jock replaces it with a Honda Monkey Bike and starts a new journey that will probably end with him burning the credit card. We have a feeling this is not going to be the last we hear of this… In

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Do engine additives work in motorcycles
Gear and kitLife on bikesMaintenance

Do engine additives improve motorcycle performance or fuel consumption? We put them to the test on a dyno – and even in the van as it racked up 10,000 miles transporting bikes here and there; there including some impressive hills called the Alps. It used to be you’d fit X,

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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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Review Pirelli Rosso Corsa 2
Reviews

For a mega-miles review of the Pirelli Rossa Corsa 2, Jock takes his twistie-killing Speed Triple 765RS to the Vosges Mountains and Black Forest before heading over to the Alps. I’ve been conflicted about how to start this review. I wanted to whinge about the complexity of the Diablo /

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sell motorbike
Blog

Jock waves goodbye to a bike that last year he was all over. Seeing his new ride is a bit of a goer, we can see why. It’s not you, it’s me. I’ve used that phrase more times than I care to remember. Often it’s just bullshit you say to

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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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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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