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How to avoid a SMIDSY

MCN, 02 July 2010 16:04

No one likes crashing and it can dent your confidence and bank balance as well as injuring you. Here’s how to avoid one of the most common accidents, a SMIDSY (“Sorry Mate I Didn’t See You”) when another vehicle pulls out of a junction and you collide or fall off avoiding them. To avoid these as much as possible, keep ...

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Plan your first ride with care

MCN, 25 June 2010 17:00

You’ve passed your test, bought the kit and blown all your hard-earned on your dream bike. Now it’s time to go for your very first ride. And that needs preparation. If you passed your test by the Direct Access route, you’ll have ridden a Honda CB500 or similar. So what differences can you expect when you sling your leg over ...

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New rider: Going from auto to full licence

Chris Dabbs, 25 June 2010 13:22

If you have an automatic bike licence and your two-year 33bhp probation is over, there are a couple of options to get a full manual bike licence, depending on your age. If you are under 21 years you need to take practical test (module 1 and 2) on a 125 manual and therefore be restricted again for two years to ...

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Taking care of your chain

MCN, 18 June 2010 14:14

There are two types of chain used on bikes. Off-roaders and commuter bikes up to 125cc use chains made of metal only, other road bikes use O-ring chains. O-ring chains have small rubber seals between the rollers and the sideplates to slow down wear. O-ring chains should be washed with a light oil or degreaser and then wiped down before ...

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Sorting out your confidence

MCN, 18 June 2010 14:06

Confidence isn't just a 'preference of the habitual voyeur' as Blur would have it, but arguably one of the most vital parts of a rider's armoury. Building it up as you start out, without straying into over-confidence is vital. The first thing is you need to have confidence in your bike. That means keeping it properly maintained with tyres inflated ...

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New rider: Do you really need a powerful bike?

Chris Dabbs, 11 June 2010 10:23

There’s no right or wrong time to buy your first big bike, the key to the process is to be honest with yourself.   If you have been driving a car for years and have built up a fund of roadcraft in your head, and you are confident that you have the ability to control a more powerful bike, then go ...

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New Rider: How to ride safely on a motorway

Chris Dabbs, 11 June 2010 10:21

Motorways may be boring to ride on, but they are the safest roads in Britain despite the high speeds and vast volumes of traffic that use them. This is because they traffic joining them filters on and off on the slip roads at junctions, instead of pulling across at right angles to on coming traffic. The two streams of traffic ...

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How to push a motorcycle

Chris Dabbs, 04 June 2010 14:57

It’s hard to believe when you are tipping your bike into a bend with the merest fingertip pressure on a bar, that your bolide weighs a couple of hundred kilos. But when you’ve got to push it into the garage past the car and the kids’ bikes that weight is all too apparent. The keys to moving your bike at ...

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How to tell if you have a puncture

Chris Dabbs, 04 June 2010 14:52

The tubeless tyres that are fitted to the vast majority of bikes these days are more puncture-resistant than tyres with inner tubes and don’t tend to suffer from the rapid deflation that is a characteristic of a tubed tyre when they do pick up a puncture. This is because the object that pierces the tyre often stays embedded in the ...

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How to push your bike around

MCN, 04 June 2010 09:30

It’s hard to believe when you are tipping your bike into a bend with the merest fingertip pressure on a bar, that your bike weighs a couple of hundred kilos. But when you’ve got to push it into the garage past the car and the kids’ bikes that weight is all too apparent. The key to moving your bike at ...

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