Via Motorcycle Live gets the royal touch: His Royal Highness Prince William Duke of Cambridge visited Motorcycle Live at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham today to get a close look at the UK motorcycle industry and some of the new models that have been launched for 2014. The Duke, who is known to be a keen motorcyclist, was welcomed to the NEC by Paul Thandi, deputy to the Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands, who is also chief executive of […]
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The Government’s ‘Stay In Control’ campaign — developed with partners from the motorcycle industry -– encourages motorcyclists to refine their riding by taking advanced training with qualified instructors and to consider being especially vigilant when road traffic increases as the summer weather arrives. The Minister, Stephen Hammond, has said: Motorcyclists make up just 1% of the traffic on our roads but last year accounted for 19% of deaths. So reducing the number of bikers killed on our roads is a key […]
I notice that terms relating to KTM motorcycles (tagline “Ready to Race”) still top the searches which bring people to my site, apart from the obvious “Steve Baker MP“. Despite the fact that my 950 Supermoto has been the most unreliable bike I have had, and by a wide margin, I’m quite proud that this site still attracts non-political traffic.
Today, I rode to church on my KTM 950 Supermoto, which revealed a couple of top tips I would like to share. On the ride home, I assembled these into an illustration of the clear choice in British politics. Here we go. Top tips for motorists and motorcyclists When in the rightmost of three lanes at a roundabout, indicating right, you should turn right. If, at the last moment, you decide to turn left into the services, go around the […]
After nearly two months of distractions1, this week I have returned to the important business of riding my motorcyle. I tend to imagine I have mostly owned sports bikes — ZZR600, YZF-R6, Fazer 600, K1200S — but I suppose half have been trailies — TS125X, KLR650, 640 LC4 Supermoto and 950 Supermoto. We Brits seem to obsess about having the fastest bike man has ever known2 but there are in fact speed limits and being bolt upright without a fairing […]
I took a beautiful ride in the Cotswolds this evening on my KTM 950 Supermoto. What a privilege it is to live in such countryside and to have such a magnificent bike: KTM 950 Supermoto in a Cotswold sunset, originally uploaded by stevenjbaker. The roads were superb: open, clear and well-surfaced. I can’t help thinking a blanket 50 mph national speed limit would be met with the same counterproductive contempt as the present motorway speed limit. Thankfully, it appears Theresa […]
With my KTM 950 Supermoto in for a service, the fine gentlemen at Premier Bikes have loaned me this black Honda CBR600F. Loan Honda CBR600F, originally uploaded by stevenjbaker. Eleven years ago, this was the middleweight sports bike to have. With 44,000 miles on it, this one is a good demonstration of Honda’s quality. The engine sounds superb and it runs with a purring smoothness I had forgotten since swapping to a large V-twin. The head bearing could be replaced, […]
Nick’s classic VT500E became road-ready, so we celebrated with a route through these waypoints: View Larger Map The roads were slippery and quite busy, which provided opportunities for thoughtful riding. Heated grips remain an excellent idea on my KTM 950 Supermoto.
The 950 Supermoto was bought in August 2007 at about 13000 miles to commute from near High Wycombe to Canary Wharf, daily, a journey of around 43 miles each way. The route consists of a short country stretch, town, motorway and crossing central London. Journey times were consistently 1 hour 30 on the way in, early, and 2 hours on the way out, with everyone else. This mileage was carbon offset with Clear Offset, at reasonable cost. I often wondered […]
By the technological marvel of iPhone, I can bring you the news that my KTM broke down on the M40, as I await recovery. How exciting. It simply ran down as I joined the motorway in the pouring rain. There’s fuel, so I guess water has entered somewhere. And after so many winter miles too.