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Bikesafe courses
AdviceReviews

BikeSafe Courses: We joined a group of police motorcyclists giving bikers practical tips on how to ride safely to the limits. The first thing that becomes apparent when you join a police-run BikeSafe course is that all notions of ‘them and us’ go out the window. You are all just

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Review motorcycle earplugs
AdviceGearReviews

Earplugs are critical for protecting your hearing when riding above 50 miles per hour. Joe Bacon looks at the options, from cheap disposable plugs to custom moulded earplugs that last up to three years. For the last few years I have used moulded earplugs as I got a good deal

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Reviews

‘Just shy of fourteen quid to ride the best part of 200 miles.’ That’s not even the best bit, as Kev tells us why the Honda NC750X is a consummate mile-muncher; boring, banal and brilliant in every way. A lot of people have said a lot of good things about

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Review Triumph Street Triple 765 RS Suzuki GSX-S 1000
Life on bikesReviews

Two naked bikes with a reputation, two reviewers, two thousand miles (sort of) and many bendy hilly bits in the Vosges Mountains of France to test a bike’s personality. Quite a lot to talk about then, as we put the Triumph Street Triple 765 RS up against the similarly priced

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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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The Malle Mile
BlogReviews

The retro custom scene has its very own racing season, with The Malle Mile now firmly on the calendar. Paul leaves his superbike at the entrance and goes back to motorcycling’s racing roots – the grass track. It’s billed as “The British inappropriate motorcycle race and exhibition in motion,” which

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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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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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