A Bit of Biking Future

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The Future of Superbiking Courtesy ANDREWR (originally posted at ukrm.net)(The author of The History of the Motorcycle parts 1-3)October 9, 2001 Authors note : Although my voices have been fairly quiet recently they suddenly awoke this morning. Stirred, I suspect, by my achievement of beating my personal best for “Most strong black coffee consumed in a one hour period”. Anyway the voices were kind enough to give me a brief insight into the future of superbikes. I thought I’d share … Read More

A Bit of Biking History (part 3)

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Courtesy ANDREWR (originally posted at ukrm.net) History of the Motorbike (Chapter 3) The Motorcycle goes to war With the outbreak of hostilities in 1914 Britain entered a new era. It was obvious that this war, already christened the “Great War”, was going to offer more opportunity than ever before to have people killed in scenic locations. Breakthroughs such as the aeroplane and mustard gas were new to the battlefield and greeted with mixed feelings by the generals of the day, who … Read More

A Bit of Biking History (part 2)

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Courtesy ANDREWR (originally posted at ukrm.net) History of the Motorbike (Chapter 2) A bloody good idea Charles Gainsborough was many things; a traveller, inventor, thinker, explorer, philosopher and sportsman. In the spring of 1901 his travels took him to Nottingham for the annual cheese sniffing festival. Charles was enjoying a relaxing drink in an Inn when he was approached by a somewhat surly youth who asked if he would be interested in buying a motorbike for 7s 6d. After being assured … Read More

A Bit of Biking History (part 1)

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Courtesy ANDREWR (originally posted at ukrm.net) History of the Motorbike (Chapter 1) Leicester, 1899 At the end of the 18th century the, then village, of Leicester was a very different place to the modern town – the main industry was ferret baiting and you could often see gaps in the outside lane of the M1 (which was used predominantly by horses, hence Mare-route 1). Leicester was also the home to one Harold “Triumph” Norton. Harry was the son of the noted … Read More

Winter Riding Tips

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(A little advice from the Lancashire Police Motorcycle safety team) With winter fast approaching, there are a few things that may make the motorcyclist’s lot a little more bearable. Many of course, choose to only ride their machines during the months of April to October, thereby possibly saving 6 months expenditure on Road Fund Licence, but incurring the burden of SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification) to DVLA Swansea. As an experienced rider, you will understand the need for daily checks … Read More

Going Solo

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(Courtesy of WI Life Magazine) Hilary Gadd of Stoneleigh WI, Surrey, loves the freedom of her chosen form of transport. ALL-WEATHER BIKER: HILARY GADD Freelance journalist, press officer and motorcyclist Hilary Gadd jumped at the chance to be photographed at Brooklands Museum, Weybridge. It wasn’t long before other visitors were admiring and photographing her bike. How did you begin biking? I needed transport from my home in Surrey to the London hospital where I worked as a nurse for about … Read More

A Funny Ride Home

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(or Squirrel of Death) Written by Daniel Meyer I never dreamed slowly cruising through a residential neighborhood could be so incredibly dangerous! Studies have shown that motorcycling requires more decisions per second, and more sheer data processing than nearly any other common activity or sport. The reactions and accurate decision making abilities needed have been likened to the reactions of fighter pilots! The consequences of bad decisions or poor situational awareness are pretty much the same for both groups too. … Read More

Why We Ride

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Author – Unknown There is cold, and there is cold on a motorcycle. Cold on a motorcycle is like being beaten with cold hammers while being kicked with cold boots, a bone bruising cold. The wind’s big hands squeeze the heat out of my body and whisk it away; caught in a cold October rain, the drops don’t even feel like water. They feel like shards of bone fallen from the skies of Hell to pock my face. I expect … Read More

A Truly World Wide Web

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The Virago Star Owners Club (A Truly World Wide Web) By Bev Henderson, Secretary/Treasurer Centre 5 Someone once said that it’s a small world… well how come it still takes seven hours to fly from Manchester, England to Chicago, USA? This was the start of the first leg of a truly amazing biking holiday that had been completely organised using the Internet and made possible by the universal companionship that bikers display toward each other. Bob Haigh Centre Rep for … Read More

Choppaholic – The Fastest Virago?

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Stan Stephens may build some ultra-fast racers but there’s a darker side to his complex personality – a fondness for factory customs and things with high bars and long forks. Stop laughing at the back of the class and pay attention. Courtesy of Performance Bike magazine Why tune a factory custom Stan? “Well, I’m getting old. I must be. I like these kinds of bikes now. They’re much more relaxed. You can just blat about and admire the scenery. Relaxation. … Read More

The History of the Virago

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A while back, Tom Fortune, Contributing Editor of Motorcycle Online wrote an article about the 15 year history of the Virago and the heritage which it built. The article was titled “15 Years of Viragos—Since 1981, Providing that Unique American Style”. Without going into tremendous detail, Tom has been able to capture the essence of the history of the Virago in this abbreviated article, following is Tom’s interesting article: Heritage – mention this word to a crowd of motorcyclists, and … Read More

The Best Defense Against Cold Weather

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(Courtesy of Cruiser Customizing) For the Rider: Since the age of 15 my primary mode of transportation has been by motorcycle and each winter I have braved the cold for short distances of 10-50 miles… but have been taken to 4 wheels for longer winter outings. In the early days, I used the layering method with standard “cold weather” products such as long johns, wool socks, and lots of layers. The key here was to layer up and endure. My … Read More

A Trip To Norway

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East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (Ride to The Arctic Circle) by Jim Truscott Towards the end of last year, Rob Booth, from Newcastle, enquired in a motorbike forum on the Internet whether anybody could please advise him of the do’s and don’ts of riding in Norway. Unable to help on this, he was asked if he would like a riding companion for the trip. He welcomed the suggestion as he had never ridden on “the wrong side of the road”. The … Read More