How long does a helmet last?
If you’re anything like me, it’s not often you’ll get the recommended 3-5 years out of a crash helmet; I’ve usually smashed them to bits way before that, crashing some bike or another. But not everyone’s as clumsy as me. In fact most people take much better care of... Read more
Top Tips for storing your bike over winter
If you don’t care what the weatherman says and you’re the kind of kid that will go out for ride on your bike regardless of what’s falling out of the sky, fair play to ya. For a lot of us, though, the hour of cleaning that tends to be... Read more
Loud pipes save lives, but at what cost?
I’ve heard it said by more than a few people that loud pipes save lives. The theory behind it is that if you’re riding on the road, other road users are more likely to see you, if they can hear you, and thus less likely to knock you off... Read more
Social media; a valid second opinion?
They’re on our phones, our laptops and our personal computers. There’s no escaping them, so we check them daily, hourly and sometimes minute-ly. They keep us entertained, informed and in touch with friends, relatives and people we’ve never met. They’re social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter,... Read more
How to become a World Champion
Hindsight is a wonderful thing, isn’t it? If I could go back and do things differently with what I know now, I would. And if I could, I might stand a slightly better chance of realising my dream of being a motorcycling world champion. Because I made plenty of... Read more
There’s no such thing as a daytime MOT
Despite what you might have been told, there’s no such thing as a daytime MOT. There’s only one kind of MOT, and you can only either pass it or fail it. But when someone says they’ve taken all the lights off their bike, or have put a ‘daytime MOT’... Read more
E10 Fuel | What’s the big deal?
Over the past month or so, you’ve probably heard news readers banging on about E10 fuel and how it’s going to affect car drivers across the country. But we don’t really care about car drivers, here. And nobody seems to be talking about how much it’ll affect motorcycles, if... Read more
A dirty motorbike is a dangerous motorbike
As far as many are concerned, to have a dirty motorbike is bad form. And, if you ask me, it’s for good reason. Because a dirty motorbike doesn’t just look a bit horrible. Oh no, like the penis, if you don’t clean it thoroughly after use, it could end... Read more
Motorcycle Acronyms | WTF do they mean?
Have you ever been left baffled by some clever-dick salesman reeling off a bunch of letters? Or flummoxed by a web post or magazine article because everything’s DRL this and TFT that? Well you won’t be the only one. So to help shed some light on the confusing motorcycle... Read more
Always have a helmet at hand
I’m writing this as I bounce along in the passenger seat of a Mercedes Atego truck on my way to Spa Francorchamps. I’m heading down with a couple of mates to race my trusty old ZX-10R in a 6 hour endurance race. Five days ago, I didn’t even know... Read more
How to embarrass yourself on a motorbike
Riding motorbikes is a great way to make yourself look seriously, seriously cool. But they can also make you look really daft, if (when) you get it wrong. And I should know, because I’ve got it wrong myself on numerous occasions. In fact I’ve spent my life ‘getting it... Read more
How to make it to MotoGP
I spent a good proportion of my youth convinced I was going to make it to MotoGP. Unfortunately, I didn’t even come close, for a number of reasons. But now I’m older and wiser, I’ve got half an idea what those reasons were. And because I don’t want anyone... Read more