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June 2017

So just what is a Magellan?

2017-06-30T21:03:31+00:00

Hello guys and gals! We get a lot of questions about the name 'Magellan', mostly do you pronounce it 'MA-JE-LLAN' or 'MA-G-ELLAN'? (we don't mind!) and is your name Magellan? (No, its Felix.. equally ridiculous!). I thought in light of these questions I would give you a little bit of context to the naming of the business. Ferdinand Magellan was a Portuguese explorer in the sixteenth century, who is often credited with being the first person to circumnavigate the globe. The exploration was sponsored by the Spanish government who wished to find a western sea route to the spice islands. [...]

So just what is a Magellan? 2017-06-30T21:03:31+00:00

November 2016

2017 pre season reunion in Wales:

2017-01-13T11:39:45+00:00

Hi All, We've just come back from a wonderful few days doing the Off Road Skills course with Simon Pavey's crew in the Brecon Beacons. Despite zero offroad experience we've had an amazing time, it truly is remarkable what they can get you to do on such big bikes. We've had so much fun in fact that we're organising the 2017 reunion there over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend (16th and 17th of April) for previous customers and new tourers alike to try out their OffRoadSkills course. As always feel free to bring along any mates who might enjoy it [...]

2017 pre season reunion in Wales: 2017-01-13T11:39:45+00:00

October 2016

National Motorcycle Museum Birmingham

2017-01-13T11:39:46+00:00

Send in by one of our regular riders: "If like me you passed your test with no compulsory training in the 1970s, on a 250 cc bike by riding around the block while the examiner stood on the pavement,  then you probably went on to ride a 650cc BSA A10 or A65, or a Triumph T100 or T120.  Or perhaps a Norton Dominator or even a Commando. Perhaps your  Royal Enfield Bullet or Ariel leader led to a or a more exotic Sunbeam S7 or Ariel square four, or one of the amateurs attempts to create the ideal bike, a [...]

National Motorcycle Museum Birmingham 2017-01-13T11:39:46+00:00

Allbikesmove – A Great bike courier

2017-01-13T11:39:47+00:00

We recently had the need to move a bike from our base in Cornwall to Lincolnshire and unable to spare 2 days we were recommended Allbikesmove by a friend. They are a family business run by Andy, a keen biker, who is off on his BMW GS 1200 whenever time permits. A call to Andy set up a time for pickup and direct delivery. Quite a refreshing change, as some couriers dictate when they will collect your bike and then hold bikes for up to 10 days in a warehouse yard till they have a van full going to your [...]

Allbikesmove – A Great bike courier 2017-01-13T11:39:47+00:00

August 2016

On Tour part 3 – Bike Gear

2017-01-13T11:39:48+00:00

Riding gear will always be a very personal thing, but you do need to plan for all types of weather. Being too hot is just as dangerous as being too cold and if you get wet through, it could lead to hypothermia and fatal loss of concentration. Warm as it is cruising through France, the temperature soon drops as you climb into the Alps. Roadside snow in not uncommon in May! With modern synthetic materials you can now get base layers that breathe and deal with temperature variations and which are also easy to wash and dry overnight. Good boots [...]

On Tour part 3 – Bike Gear 2017-01-13T11:39:48+00:00

The Royal Enfield Concept store London

2017-01-13T11:39:49+00:00

Trekking down Cambridge Heath road the other day we spotted the new, well new to us anyway, Royal Enfield Concept store located with TTTmotorcycles at number 395-399. 
What a great place ! Royal Enfield opened this store in 2014 to promote the brand and to give bikers direct access to their new range of 'retro' bikes. By retro I mean bikes that look like the Enfields we remember from the 60s but which are now built to more modern standards in India. They really have some good looking bikes, not the top of the modern technology tree perhaps , but [...]

The Royal Enfield Concept store London 2017-01-13T11:39:49+00:00

July 2016

On Tour part 2 – Luggage advice

2016-06-09T14:49:21+00:00

Carrying luggage falls into two basic categories, hard luggage ie panniers and top boxes which are fitted to the bike, or soft luggage attached temporarily to the machine. Nowadays there is plenty of choice available of both types and your choice will probably be made by the type of machine you are using and budget. The advantages of hard luggage is of course it tends to be more waterproof and secure and can often be quickly detached and carried into an hotel like a suitcase. You can also get insert pannier bags which are often easier and a cleaner option [...]

On Tour part 2 – Luggage advice 2016-06-09T14:49:21+00:00

June 2016

On Tour part 1 – Common sense bike prep

2016-06-09T14:48:38+00:00

Invest in a full service and obviously anything that looks worn or likely to fail should be replaced beforehand. At the very least make sure you carry a basic toolkit, especially if the bike is chain driven as this may need to be adjusted en-route. While modern bikes are very reliable some basic spares are always handy, like bike levers just in case the bike gets dropped, but don’t get carried away and load yourself up unnecessarily, Just invest in a good service beforehand. Carrying a set of spare bulbs is compulsory in most EU countries. A spare throttle cable [...]

On Tour part 1 – Common sense bike prep 2016-06-09T14:48:38+00:00

May 2016

Overtaking Wisdom – Or as the Bee Gees put it ‘Staying Alive, Staying Alive…’

2017-01-13T11:39:49+00:00

Overtaking is potentially the most dangerous bit of being a biker. Misjudge an overtake and you can find yourself entering a bend too fast, badly positioned, on the wrong side of the road. Misread the traffic and in seconds you can be in a head on situation, on the wrong side of the road and accelerating to boot. The Institute of Advanced Motoring (IAM) course and the Police Roadcraft system (well worth reading, buy the book on eBay) both advocate essentially the same basic approach to the manoeuvre. Decide you may be able to overtake. 2) From your normal safe ‘two seconds [...]

Overtaking Wisdom – Or as the Bee Gees put it ‘Staying Alive, Staying Alive…’ 2017-01-13T11:39:49+00:00

March 2016

Free IAM assesments

2017-01-13T11:39:55+00:00

Most of us are finally getting our bikes out of the garage, after a long and wet winter. You know your bike needs a once over before it’s safe to ride all summer long – but have you considered whether your riding might too be showing signs of wear? Could your skills benefit from a tune-up too? What many people don’t realise is that a bit of further training can increase their enjoyment of their bike massively – a point demonstrated by Kawasaki-backed stunt riding champion Lee Bowers along with car and bike racer Emma Selway in an Institute of [...]

Free IAM assesments 2017-01-13T11:39:55+00:00

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