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Brad Baker schools Valentino Rossi on Flat Track over Instagram



Indian Wrecking Crew rider gives Valentino Rossi dirt riding tips over Instagram.

You’re never too old – or too talented – to learn, and Valentino Rossi still has the hunger to improve if his latest social media posts are anything to go by.

After posting a video of him riding his Flat Tracker around the Rossi Ranch he quickly tagged in Brad ‘The Bullet’ Baker and ‘Slammin’ Sammy Halbert – both people who know a few things about Flat Track with a just a few AMA and X-Games wins between them.

So what do you do when the man that many people refer to as the G.O.A.T writes ‘Flat Track Style, I’m OK ???’ on a post to over 4.7 million followers and then adds your name to it?

You could just post a *thumbs up* emoji and be done with it…

Or, if you’re Baker or Halbert, you study the man’s style and offer advice.

Sammy Halbert had just one, minor suggestion for the famous Number 46, just recommending that the MotoGP man raised his elbow just a little…

But Brad Baker? He basically offered the multiple World Champion GP racer an entire lesson over Instagram,

Calling Rossi out for his ‘unique’ style, he agrees with Halbert about his right elbow needing to be raised, but then he continues to explain why, whilst also giving Dainese the slightest of tips into how they could improve his riding leathers for maximum movement.

It’s invaluable advice to any riders looking at hitting the dirt oval track, but to offer that level of detail to Valentino Rossi over Instagram and in a public forum? Priceless!

And Vale seems pretty appreciative with the tips too…

Let’s hope Rossi invites Baker and his Indian FTR750 over to the ranch and posts that on Instagram too!

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Six things a rider should always carry




There’s no doubt that the reliability of modern bikes means seeing one stuck at the side of the road is a rare thing these days, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen.

Even if you’re not on a brand-spanking new bike, most mechanical breakdowns can be avoided with regular servicing, maintenance and pre-ride checks, but no matter how diligent you’ve been don’t be fooled into thinking that your bike will look after itself; or that something like a puncture or a broken indicator from a static fall, will happen to you.

Knowing how to fix the basics – and having the equipment to be able to do so – can make the difference between a short delay to your journey and it ending altogether, and don’t think just because you have 24hr recovery added to your insurance that you don’t have to worry either; five minutes strapping back on that body panel that’s fallen off, or standing on the hard-shoulder waiting for a man for an hour and a half, which one would you choose?

Here’s six things you should always have under your seat, just in case:

Multi tool/compact tool kit: the obvious one, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t carry one. We’re not talking full kit here, just enough to re-tighten the things that have worked loose and carry out basic repairs.

A puncture repair kit and mini compressor – if you’re running tubes, you’ll need tyre levers too: Practice in the warmth and comfort of your garage/shed, so you know the kit works and you can do it quickly and confidently.

Gaffer tape: holds a multitude of things – cracked bodywork, screens and indicators – together until you get home.

Cable ties: also great for holding things together in an emergency, they can be used in place of broket luggage straps and can even hold where bolts and screws have let go.

WD40: keeps damp out of electricals, and things like levers and cables moving. Also helps free-up stubborn fasteners, making changing tyres etc. a lot easier.

A piece of paper with key contact numbers – recovery, home etc. – on, so you have everything to hand if your mobile has a flat battery, or no signal.

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Isle of Man TT video game is up for pre-order now!



Reckon you’ve got what it takes to beat the King of the Mountain around the Isle of Man course?

It’s been years since a decent TT game has been available but now with ‘Ride on the Edge’ it looks like finally videogaming motorcyclist’s wait will be over.

Produced by Big Ben Interactive and with the option to race as one of 23 TT racers on 38 different motorcycles, the PS4, Xbox One and PC game is looking pretty incredible.

There’s only a month to go until it’s available in the shops and outlets are finally placing the game on pre-order.

The Isle of Man TT website has it available for £39.99 but say that they aren’t sure of the release date, whereas British videogame retailer Game are a little bit more confident on the release date of the 6th of March 2018.

The Isle of Man organisers have played a great part in allowing the designers full access to both the course and riders, saying that with a full laser scan of the Course has allowed the game designers to produce the most accurate ever simulation of every twist and turn of the 37.73 mile Course.

As you speed along the familiar roads, they say that you’ll face the same conditions as real life TT stars: your screen will be gradually accumulating flies, the shadows under the trees will make it hard to spot your line and just when you think you’ve got it you’ll flash out into bright sunshine and lose it all over again.

As your skills improve and you take on a full race on the Course don’t forget you’ll have to stop in the famous pitlane for fuel and tyres.

With a career more, online play and training modes, this promises to be a stunning looking game that could really give an authentic feel of what it must be like to make that plunge down Bray Hill…

And because it’s all a make believe simulation, you can even get McGuinness back onto a Honda if that’s what spins your wheels!

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