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Your Never Too Old To Renew Your Love With A Dirt Bike.

25 Years on from my last dirt bike… About 25 years ago I decided that perhaps I would call it a day with regards to riding a dirt bike. I went off and tried some other stuff, like golf, for … Continue reading

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Who were you racing against at that motocross meeting?

 You gotta start somewhere riding motocross!  As mentioned in a previous post, I started my motocross career aboard a twin shock 500cc Honda XR which was an enduro bike and not really suited for the rigours of motocross, but it … Continue reading

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A Review Of The Leading Bikers In The 2014 Dakar Rally

No words from me this time, just a chance to witness a video overview of the 2013 Dakar Rally featuring some of the worlds best off-road motorcycle racers. Enjoy the video. NB. Sadly since this post was published, the very … Continue reading

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1985 British Enduro Champonships : Yorkshire

Never give up when enduro racing! Back in the mid eighties, I was right there, in the thick of it, riding all of the British Enduro Championship rounds on my trusty twin shock 500cc Husqvarna 4 stroke. The bike was the same one that … Continue reading

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1987 ISDE Poland via East Germany

East Germany, Here We Come!  At the tender age of Forty, this was to be my 4th International Six Days Enduro. The first three events had been a massive learning curve, with the sand in Holland, the rocks and a … Continue reading

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The Birth Of A Motocross Bike

The Francis-Bantam Motocross Bike ?     Let me explain. When I was about 20 years old, I was competing in local trials events on my home brewed special, and had a brother who was 9 years younger who wanted to ride a motocross dirt bike. … Continue reading

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Collagen Hydrolysate for fitness and health

Collagen Hydrolysate  I know that when I was racing dirt bikes, nutrition was a vital part of my preparation, so it was with more than a passing interest when I was given an opportunity to develope a business that was promoting … Continue reading

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Our road trip to the Italian dirt bike ISDE `86 (part two)

Will we ever get to the Italian ISDE? After the episode with the Swiss customs men and the lack of fuel in the Alps, the next challenge was to try to get some legal diesel fuel and get on our way … Continue reading

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Our road trip to the Italian dirt bike ISDE ‘86 (Part One)

I recall going to my third ISDE. On this occasion the event was to be held at San Pellegrino Terme at the foothills of the Italian Alps, the place where the bottled water comes from. Whilst the event was good, … Continue reading

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An Introduction To Motocross

Motocross Riding: Brave or Foolish? I recall the first motocross meeting that I took part in. It was in 1982 at a track not far from my hometown. It had rained the previous week and the conditions were ugly to say … Continue reading

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Husqvarna Enduro Dirt Bike

 My 1989 ISDE Husqvarna Enduro Dirt Bike. It was a modified 510cc four stroke MX model with a 5 speed gearbox, I preferred this to the TE enduro model with it’s 6 speeds on account of the fact that the wider gear wheels … Continue reading

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My 1st Trials Dirt Bike (part two)

Turning road bike into trials dirt bike, continued In the last instalment, my home grown trials dirt bike was converted from a Greeves roadster with a 225cc 2-stroke Villiers engine and Ariel telescopic forks. The next major change to the bike … Continue reading

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My 1st Trials Dirt Bike (part one)

Turning road bike into trials dirt bike… My first trials dirt bike was born circa 1963, although the manufacturer had  never intended this particular model to become a trials motorcycle. It was in fact, a  250 cc Greeves, powered by a twin cylinder Villiers 2T … Continue reading

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Trials Riding or Delicate Dirt Biking…

  A Brief Overview On The Art Of Trials Riding Observed trials riding come in two forms, traditionally an outside sport where the rider is confronted with a series of natural obstacles. For example, the rider must attempt to ride over large … Continue reading

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Motocross? Scrambling? It’s all the same on a dirt bike…

Playing in the dirt on a dirt bike The phrase dirt bike if fairly modern, back in the day, motocross used to be called scrambling ( showing my age now ) so for the sake of this post we will … Continue reading

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