Ian Malone
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Ian Malone

Ian is the Editor and a co-founder of Biker & Bike.

He is obsessed about bikes to the point that he often starts conversations with new people by saying, "Please don't get me onto the subject of bikes. We'll be here all day."

Inevitably, the next question asked is nearly always, "What bike have you got, then?"

He owns four bikes right now:

'78 Kawasaki Z650
'97 Triumph Daytona 955i
'02 Suzuki SV650s
'09 Yamaha R1

At any one time, only two of these bikes are ever working, as you can read about on our blog.

motor-bike
Life on bikes

Biker & Bike’s Editor takes to the road with an IAM RoadSmart Observer under their free Observed Ride offer. As it turns out, this was a good thing to do. I’ll be honest, deep down, I thought I’m a better road rider than I actually am. I can guarantee the

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Inside a North Yorkshire Police mobile unit
Advice

How many times have you ridden past a speed camera van and felt like sticking two fingers up as you pass? The next time you do, keep those fingers gripping the ‘bars, as the camera operator inside is firmly within his rights to issue you with a £100 fine –

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Biker with hearing loss
Gear and kit

If you’re a biker you have a far higher chance of damaging your hearing and joining the 11 million people in the UK with some form of hearing loss. I was chatting with the girls from LadyBiker.co.uk at a motorcycle trade show recently when, a bit randomly, Daisy mentioned that

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Fred Hill motorcycle protestor
Life on bikes

It’s over 40 years since helmets became compulsory on a motorbike. Today, nobody gives a second thought to wearing a lid, so it’s not surprising that many people have never even heard of Fred Hill. But his story is worth hearing and indeed celebrating. It’s February 1984 and once again

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Category C motorbike repair
Buying & Selling

The lower price tag that comes with a written-off bike can be very tempting, especially if you know your way around a bike and are handy with the spanners. However, the thing to remember when buying a Cat C or Cat D is the term ‘beyond economical repair.’ This means

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Broken gearbox parts
Blog

Sumpin’s wrong What follows, in this and subsequent posts, is basically the story of my own biker ineptitude, heavily laced with the quirks of running an old bike/s. And of buying cheap gear. All mixed in with having shoddy mates and the idea that I might actually be cursed with

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Biker and Bikers
Campaigns

Like the world needs another site dedicated to motorbikes… But Biker & Bike is different and the clue is in the name. Yes, we are obsessed about bikes. But this website is as much about bikers as their machines. Because it’s not as though the machine has to pay for

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Image: David Marlier, from the Bike Shed 2015
Biker's Bucket List

If you haven’t already discovered what all the fuss is about the new wave of retro-styled custom bikes, there’s no better place than the weekend of a Bike Shed show in London or Paris. Held once a year in each city, the last Bike Shed event in London’s Tobacco Dock

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Charley Boorman supporting #WeRideLondon
Life on bikes

Charley Boorman has called for national support from bikers for a campaign calling for a change of attitude from planners and authorities towards the motorcycle. We Ride London has been set up to challenge local government attitudes that, at best, completely ignore biker’s needs and at worse could force many

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Gold bullion bars
Life on bikes

Unlike gold, it’s rare to find a rich new seam of Brough Superior’s buried inside an African mountain. Which goes someway to explaining why some bikes are appreciating in value at a faster rate than even that precious metal. Granted, vintage and late classic bikes from the 70’s have been

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