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The Survival Skills books
‘MIND over MOTORCYCLE’, ‘Tarmac Tactics’, and the newly-published 'Survival SKILLS' make up a threesome of books looking at different aspects of riding skills from theory to practice.
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The MAG Columns books
The much-acclaimed Survival Skills column ran in 'Streetbiker' and 'The ROAD' magazines from 2002 to 2014. More than forty of the articles appear in 'The MAG Columns' whilst the remainder are included in 'The End of The Road (MAG Columns 2)'.
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FREE articles and downloads
Find over 70 free articles written for our old website. Read, print, link to - but no commercial use.
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Survival SKILLS

The newly-published paperback offers a 21st century approach to motorcycle handling and decision-making and is based on the practical training courses.
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Tarmac Tactics
A practical handbook for all road riders, showing how to deal with both the everyday and more unusual hazards we might come across.
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However smart we humans think we are, the basic structure of our brain is shared with the very first mammals that appeared 200 million years ago.
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The Survival Skills series

The MAG Columns
The newly-published paperback offers a 21st century approach to motorcycle handling and decision-making and is based on the practical training courses.
More info / order now

End of the Road - MAG Columns 2

The newly-published paperback offers a 21st century approach to motorcycle handling and decision-making and is based on the practical training courses.
More info / order now

The MAG Columns series

FREE articles and downloads
Looking for genuinely useful better biking articles?

You’ve come to the right place! Survival Skills is my daily bread and butter but I also know the best things are free, so over the years I’ve always made a point of providing some free but genuinely useful tips on better riding skills.

Many of these articles are steadily being updated in ePUB format, so you can download my articles to read on the PC, or on a mobile device. You can even print them. More items in preparation, so bookmark this page and check back soon.

The information in these articles should be taken as a guide only. Survival Skills cannot accept responsibility or liability for accuracy, clarity or your interpretation of this information. Copyright © 1999 - 2018 Kevin Williams & Survival Skills

Find over 70 free-to-use articles written for the website.

Read, print, link, but remember - no commercial use without written permission.
Visit the Survival Skills website

About and Survival Skills is the online publishing home of Survival Skills Rider Training, a post-test and advanced rider training school located in the south-east of the United Kingdom, established in 1997 by Kevin Williams.

Kevin Williams is a BTEC-qualified instructor and Survival Skills offers a comprehensive range of practical training courses for riders of all abilities from newly qualified to highly experienced, in all environments from London city centre to rural roads. Scheduled training usually takes place from two convenient locations just NW (Bucks) or SE of London (Kent). Survival Skills also goes on tour several times a year to locations in Wales, the Peak District and Devon. And one-day sessions can usually be run in France at no extra cost.

Kevin has been writing about better riding skills for over 20 years. Kevin has contributed articles to some of the UK’s most famous motorcycle magazines including RiDE, Superbike, BIKE and Two Wheels Only. From 2002-14, Kevin has had a regular rider safety column in every issue of ‘The Road’, the journal of the Motorcycle Action Group. Kevin's articles have appeared in many club magazines in the UK as well as abroad. Kevin also researched, storyboarded and wrote the words for the 'Lucky 13' cartoon series produced by the European Motorcycle Manufacturers' Association (ACEM) which have been translated into a dozen different languages.

Kevin also has a long history of working with other road safety organisations, notably on the Buckinghamshire county council 'Be a Better Biker' scheme, and with Somerset Road Safety Partnership on their Rider Skills days at Castle Coombe circuit in Wiltshire.

Most recently Kevin has partnered with Kent Fire & Rescure Service on two projects - the international road safety award-winning 'Biker Down' scheme and their 'Ride Skills' days at Brands Hatch.

Kevin is always available to give talks to clubs and other organisations.

Follow our blog where we don’t just write about better riding technique, we have road tests of bikes and product tests too. Come and follow us there.

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