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 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

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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

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electric motorbikes
Life on bikesThe Future

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

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CX 500 Turbo motorbike
Life on bikes

Why have production turbo bikes never really taken off? After all, manufacturers have tried just about everything else to squeeze insane amounts of power out of engines. Marc delves into

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Save money on biking
Advice

Save money motorcycling? Armed with an army surplus loyalty card and an economy size calculator, that’s exactly what Marc sets off to do, starting with financing and buying a new

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Cheap motorbike insurance
Advice

Seeing as you can’t add 20 years to your life to get cheaper motorbike insurance, what can you do to get your premiums down? Assuming you are not going to

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Suzuki Recursion preview
Life on bikes

Marc joins some Japanese executives for a sort-of Suzuki Recursion preview. He points out the name is a bit crap but the bike itself looks a bit tasty. Last week

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Yamaha MT07 and Triumph Tiger 800 Xcx
Life on bikes

Marc achieves biking heaven: Ownership of more than one bike. For the commute into town, it’s the agile-as-a-ballerina (with hooligan tendencies) MT07. For further afield the stable now includes the

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Woman draped over motorbike
Life on bikes

Putting a sexy woman on a sexy bike is a good thing, right? It sells more bikes and more bikes is clearly a Very. Good. Thing.  But you only need

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Yamaha RD 250 classic motorbike
Life on bikes

The late seventies were cold dark and wet. The economy was failing, unemployment on a massive scale was just beginning and nuclear war was forecast. The only real relief from

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