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riding motorbike to Australia
Life on bikes

If you’ve ever lost your biking mojo, then found it again, you’ll know what’s driving our newest contributor, Dutchie. He’s crossing not just a country or a continent, but the entire Eurasian landmass; with little more than some cash, his passport, a few clothes and a Triple. Join him in

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Ian Mutch Sahara Harley Davidson
Life on bikes

Ian Mutch is the editor of the Motorcycle Action Group’s monthly magazine, The Road. After a career as, by his own admission, a bit of a crap sailor (although he never actually crashed a ship it was definitely on the cards), he fell into journalism. Writing for Back Street Heroes and the

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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 the unremitting gloom was watching Sally James on Tiswas. In those pre-internet days me and my malcontent school age skateboard

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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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Motorbike beside Russian road
Life on bikes

Motorcycle travel author Kevin Turner puts his life in the hands of Russian road engineers and truck drivers as he does the improbable, and rides a Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle from the UK to Moscow, via Norway. In Russia, no one can hear you scream – at least not if you’re

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Racer at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
Life on bikes

We’ve burnt the midnight oil, flogged the keyboard and sometimes gone without our dinner to bring you a whole year of UK motorcycle events fun on a single page: 2017’s motorcycling calendar. Go to the calendar We’ve included everything we can find and we’ll be adding to it as we come

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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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Packing for a motorbike trip
Life on bikes

Jock McJock has done more trips than any other biker we know. He could probably pack with his eyes closed. Here’s how he goes about preparing for a two-to-four-day trip. First the essentials: Breakdown cover and bank cards. With those, you can pretty much sort our any situation. Check and

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Speed limit awareness sign
AdviceLife on bikes

Guest contributor Trevor Baird of the Motorcycle Minds website takes a look a controversial, but reasoned, view on the Speed Kills campaign. When you have been around rider’s issues for two decades in various forms and when those issues inevitably end up concerning motorcycling road safety a difference of approach

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New initiatives will make roads safer for bikers
Life on bikes

At long last, calls from bikers have cut-through and Highways England is finally joining with a number of other agencies to ensure a framework for safer roads for motorcycles is put in place. The catchily-titled whitepaper, ‘Realising the Motorcycling Opportunity: A Motorcycle Safety and Transport Policy Framework’ has been released

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