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Tales of motorcyle adventures, helpful advice and tips written by members of Northumbria Advanced Motorcyclists and guest writers.

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LOCKDOWN CHALLENGE: Motorcycle Route Planning Using GIS Software

… What I discovered is a treasure trove of powerful open-source software and freely licensed geodata sets. With a little investment of time, a couple of weekends, I found myself solving very practical route planning problems using techniques that are well beyond the capabilities of software that accompanies most motorcycle satellite navigation products.

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Going Round the Bend: From Fear To Enjoyment

In my early days of learning to ride a motorbike it took all my focus just to stay upright and operate the various levers and pegs at approximately the right time. Straight roads were a chance to relax, breathe and for a brief moment think ‘ this is nice – a bit like flying’. Corners were something to be negotiated gingerly at slow speed. They weren’t really a ‘thing’ at all any more than braking, stopping or starting. Indeed to begin with stopping and starting were far more terrifying, especially at junctions where I had not only to start moving but to turn at the same time.

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Strangest Questions People Ask Google About Motorcycling

Northumbria Advanced Motorcyclists is run entirely by volunteers. Like everyone, our scarcest resource is time. We try to ensure that the articles we write, our workshops, the efforts of our training, social and marketing teams, are as useful or helpful to other motorcyclists as possible.

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Tips for Touring Spain by Motorcycle

Thinking about that Spanish motorcycle road-trip? Read these tips to ensure a stress-free adventure.

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Motorcycle touring in Europe – Preparation and Packing Tips

Motorcycling on the continent is not as daunting as you might think. There’s plenty of advice and checklists on the internet to help ensure that you have a stress-free holiday in Europe. To help those new to touring in particular, however, I’ve put together a few personal tips that my wife and I have picked up in seventy thousand plus miles of motorcycling over the last seventeen years.

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How Easyfundraising Could Keep More Motorcyclists Safe

Without the generosity of club members and money raised during social events and auctions, Northumbria Advanced Motorcyclists would not be able to continue its charitable aim to promote road safety across the North East. EasyFundrasing is, potentially, a means of raising additional funds as club members shop online.

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From Born Again Biker to Observer

Rewind to July 2012. I was awaiting nervously for the delivery of a newly purchased 650cc Kawasaki Versys from a well known bike dealer in Newcastle. My first bike in over 20 years! Yes, a born again biker! I was nervously excited. Could I actually ride again? Would I be safe? Would I make a fool of myself?

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