@Liz, I held the magazine in my left hand. As the article says get in to position early, adjust your speed accordingly and select the correct gear to allow the over take to be completed. It says nothing about having both hands on the bars while you do the manoeuvre.
A bowling shirt......... at this time of year, you must be joking, that's only allowed in the summer months.
No it was definitely the rufty tufty nasty bikers type of gear, but only one glove as it made it easier to turn the page, which in it self made the overtake difficult. I can't believe they didn't mention that in the article.
Now about the overtaking thing. Some peeps round here like to sharpen their skills through reading articles in Ride magazine, so from time to time they have to prop it on their handlebars and read it as they go.
Actually they are doing very well and pretty soon will be learning how to get the hang of backmarking without having to stop for a smoke every two minutes.