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Wednesday, 22 June 2016 12:27

Travelling Europe on a rented motorcycle

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Travelling EuropeGingerly balancing on the foot pegs of the big Ducati motorcycle, I turned the machine down a dirt-path hill between olive trees and grape vines. Instructors from a course offered by the bike’s Italian manufacturer wanted to show how its off-road antilock braking system would stop the wheels from seizing under hard braking, and keep me from dumping myself and the $20,000-plus (Dh73,459) motorcycle into the otherwise bucolic Tuscan scenery.

Reaching an orange cone near the bottom of the hill, instructors said to hit the brakes — hard. Read on

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