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Solo Motorcycle Tour Tips

It’s well documented that riding a motorbike can bring a huge sense of freedom and when you tour solo for longer distances over many days this feeling is even greater. For a beginner, that first big solo motorcycle trip can be quite daunting, raising many what-if questions – what if I break down? what if I get lost? Some people are just more naturally confident, whilst others are less so, worry more and find the idea of riding out into the unknown uneasy.

If you’ve not travelled long distance by bike solo before and are somewhat nervous of the proposition, but do what to overcome this fear and explore, then read on. This article will hopefully give you some tips to beat those fears and plan for a trouble free motorcycle tour.

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Gear Reviews

Rev’it! Textile Sand 3 Jacket Review & Test

Rev'It Sand 3 jacket reviewThe lowly motorbike jacket is an underrated garment we all take for granted, yet it has a tough role to perform. A good jacket must first and foremost keep you well protected from impacts, slides down the road and whatever the weather throws at you. On rough days, it should keep you warm and dry, and on hot days keep you cool. Finally it needs to be comfortable to wear and crucially, look good. No one is going to enjoy a jacket that’s badly fitting or looks a bit naff. Some of you may splash out on a jacket for each season, but others starting out on two wheels will likely be on a tighter budget and will be after a single all weather jacket. Similarly, if you’re planning a long tour or just commuting at the mercy of the British weather, then you really need one jacket that can cover you from all eventualities.

Rev’It! Sand 3 Jacket Review

The Rev’It! Sand 3 jacket aims to tick all the boxes and provide an all seasons jacket in the mid-price bracket for around £360. Provided for review by Fortamoto.com (the well regards Amsterdam based motorcycle store), I’ve put it through it’s paces over the last few wintery weeks in London. Read on to see if it lives up to promises.

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Riding

Best Motorcycle Routes UK and Beyond for a Ride out

Whether you’re a new biker looking for places to ride, or a seasoned rider in need of fresh motorbike roads to try, here is a round up of my personal favourite and best motorcycle routes UK. Many emanate from East London and out into Essex, Herts, Beds or Suffolk, but some stretch further afield across middle England into Wales and beyond from more distant motorcycle adventures.

Best Motorcycle Routes (UK)

Adventures Down Under, Motorcycle Rental MT09 in Brisbane, Part 1
Adventures Down Under, Motorcycle Rental MT09 in Brisbane, Part 2
Upminster-Buplhan-Tilbury-Brentwood-loop
After Work Twisty Road Circuit
Losing Chicken Strips
Another Jaunt Across Middle England
Autumn Ride to North Wales
Back to Biking: Essex Ride Out to Finchingfield
Cafe on the Water, South Hanningfield reservoir
Best Motorcycle Roads Essex has for a Ride Out
Best San Francisco Motorcycle Routes in the Bay Area
RideOutToBurnhamBends
Essex Ride Out, Burnham Bends to Bishops Stortford
Good Friday Seaside Ride Route Essex Loop from London
OsmAnd Start Riding
Howto: Plan & Follow a Google Maps Route on Motorcycle with your Phone
Impromptu Essex Ride Out to Braintree
Essex Ride Out - Mersea Island
Mersea Island Essex Ride Out
Mid Wales Ride Out – The Abergwesyn Pass
Motorcycle Routes – Essex Ride Out Loop
Food Stop Cafe Bridgenorth
Scenic Ride Back From Shrewsbury
Scotland West Coast Motorcycle Road Trip with Mapped/FA
Bosworth's Tearooms
Summer Ride Outs Via Finchingfield
Welsh trip Jul16 Ludlow Castle
Trip to North Wales July 2016
Ultimate Guide to Route Optimisation in 2020

Most of these routes are presented in Google Maps form, which can easily be sent straight to your phone, or can be downloaded in the universal KML format for import into Garmin or TomTom satnav’s.

If you’ve ridden any of these rides, do report back, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Similarly, if you have your own alternative detours or back roads, I’d also love to hear from you.

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Riding

Biking Videos, Sixth Sense Skills

Throughout my riding in London I constantly witness a multitude of situations unfolding on the busy roads, that make me cringe and say to myself ‘knew they were going to do that!’ As a biker, you need this kind of sixth sense to remain upright and safe. For seasoned bikers it will be instinct and an unconscious reflex, however for new riders it will be a skill that may need developing.

Please watch my videos, see if you can predict what is about to happen and spot the tell tail signs that give it away. I hope you find them interesting and possibly learn something that may help you on the roads.

BMW Drivers
California Dreaming – Harley Davidson Rental of Road King
California Revisited – Exploring the Best San Francisco Motorcycle Roads on a Bonneville
ELAM Ride Out Video
Filtering Tips Video, Part 1
Harley Davidson Test Ride, Heritage Soft Tail 114
Highlights Roundup Video 2019
How to Replace a Clutch Lever (Honda CBF 500)
May 2020 Update and Post Lockdown Finchingfield Ride
Motorcycle Trip to Yosemite on a Yamaha Super Ténéré
Prudential Ride London Sweep Team Volunteering
Replacing Air Filter on Yamaha Fazer FZS600
Sixth Sense Skills – Morning Commute Close Call
Sixth Sense Skills – Tip 1
Sixth Sense Skills – Tip 11 (Expect the Unexpected)
Sixth Sense Skills – Tip 12 (SMIDSY Avoidence)
Sixth Sense Skills – Tip 13
Sixth Sense Skills – Tip 14 – Fail 🙁
Sixth Sense Skills – Tip 17
Sixth Sense Skills – Tip 18 (Super Close Call)
Sixth Sense Skills – Tip 19 (Bad Obs)
Sixth Sense Skills – Tip 20 (Peds)
Sixth Sense Skills – Tip 3
Sixth Sense Skills – Tip 4
Sixth Sense Skills – Tip 6
Sixth Sense Skills – Tip 7 (SMIDSY Double Bill)
Sixth Sense Skills – Tip 9 (Booner Racer Dodging)
Sixth Sense Skills – Tip 10 (SMIDSY)
Sixth Sense Skills – Tip 2
Sixth Sense Skills – Tip 5
Sixth Sense Skills – Tip 8 (Filtering in a car)
Sixth Sense Skills 16
Video Montage 2017 Highlights

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