Marc Ryan
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Marc Ryan

A bike nut since he was 17, Marc was forced to lay off the bikes for over 10 years, on doctor's orders. Finally given the nod he thought he'd ease himself back in gently on an XL 250 but promptly bought an SV650 which made him shit his pants for the first month.
He also writes his own random meanderings at his own blog, http://isontheroad.wordpress.com

motorcycle prototype
Life on bikes

It seems the motorcycle industry has an uncanny knack for predicting the future. Marc looks some of the ways motorcycle prototypes and economic predictions influence the bikes we ride today. In 2005 Suzuki showed off the rather amazing Stratosphere concept bike.  The 1100cc six-cylinder engine was, incredibly, slightly narrower than

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stolen motorcycle recovery
AdviceMotorbike security

The joy of finding your stolen bike has been found is soon tempered by discovering there can be hefty charges involved in getting it back. Here in Part 1, Marc Ryan gets to the bottom of a state-sanctioned mugging in recovered stolen bikes. In Part 2, he meets a group

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Stolen Motorcycle Recovery Bristol
Life on bikesMotorbike security

In Part 1 of the Great Stolen Motorcycle Recovery Swindle, Marc looked at the state-sanctioned mugging surrounding recovered stolen bikes. Here in Part 2, he meets a group of heroes from Bristol who are doing something about it. Bristol bikers have two problems – a very active group of individuals

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motorcycle technology
Life on bikes

Marc takes a look at motorcycle technology and wonders if it makes for better riders and why so many bikers simply don’t want to adopt it. I read a copy of EasyRider magazine in the early 80s. I didn’t know any better back then. People used to send letters, on

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Big expensive adventure bikes
Life on bikes

Are the big expensive adventure bikes out of your reach? Marc comes up with a super-quick shopping list of bikes that can do a similar job for a fraction of the money. And for some reason has decided to call them Urban Stealth Tactical Assault Bikes. Is it worth investing

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adventure bikes
AdviceLife on bikes

Marc argues that adventure bikes might just be the answer to Britain’s deteriorating and increasingly embellished road surfaces. He recommends we all invest in an Urban Stealth Tactical Assault Bike. U-STAB, for short. In 1985 me and my mate Tarquin rode up a country lane and noticed a stile that

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bike to go an an adventure
Life on bikes

Next up in our season of ‘You don’t need an adventure bike to have an adventure,’ Marc wonders about the whole adventure trip thing and invents a new word. A few months ago I sat on a bench watching the bikes roll in at Weston Bike Night when an older

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Motorcycle helmet visors
Life on bikes

Visors aren’t just for keeping gloopy stuff off your face. Marc recalls an episode when a visor probably saved his life. In 1987 I was long distance commuting at very odd times of the day and night thanks to working on a three-shift rotation. Friday nights were good; We used

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top fuel efficient motorbikes
Buying & Selling

Fuelly.com is a great website for keeping track of your fuel mileage. The data from everyone’s bikes is also made available, so you can see what other owners are getting from their bikes. Virtually every single bike of recent years is represented by at least one entry. Some bikes, like

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electric motorbikes
Life on bikes

Marc personally guarantees the Government will completely screw up the Clean Air Plan that proposes to ban petrol vehicles by 2040. Nevertheless, it’s going happen and electric motorbikes makers have got 23 years to come up with something decent. He takes a look at how they are getting on. Volvo

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