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Shaft-drive bikes vs chain-driven bikes

MCN, 07 May 2010 16:06

What are the advantages and disadvantages of shaft-drive bikes and chain-driven bikes? The major benefits of shaft-drive are lower maintenance and running costs, and cleanliness. Chain-drive bikes need their chains adjusting regularly and they can be expensive to replace when they wear out. They need lubricating often, especially in bad weather, which can be messy and inconvenient. And chain lube ...

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Can I ride in Europe on a restricted licence?

Marc Abbott, 21 January 2010 15:58

If you're currently on a 33bhp restricted licence you are still able to enjoy European adventures.  Although you are subject to the traffic laws of any country you are riding through, speed limits and the like, you do not need to be 21 to ride overseas. As a UK resident, you are not subject to the local licencing regulations and ...

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New rider: How to ride in a snowstorm

Marc Abbott, 31 December 2009 12:25

If the roads are white with snow you are best off leaving the bike at home.But if you get caught out by a sudden weather change and you've no choice, here are some tips to keep you rubber side down. Slow right down, use a higher gear than normal and read the road ahead carefully. Although it's tempting to travel ...

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New Rider: How to prevent your ignition freezing

Marc Abbott, 25 December 2009 13:00

These freezing conditions mean that your exposed ignition or fuel tank lock can get iced up solid. But try these quick fixes and long-term remedies and you should be up and running quickly. If you’re at home heating the key with a hairdryer for a couple of minutes can work, while a fag lighter’s flame played up and down the ...

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33bhp Yamaha XJ6 review

Liam Marsden, 16 November 2009 16:59

The £4,499 Yamaha XJ6 is Yamaha’s latest budget-middleweight bike, introduced earlier this year alongside its half-faired cousin the Yamaha Diversion. Yamaha XJ6s for sale As standard the street-focused XJ6 produces a claimed 77bhp, but if you buy a new Yamaha XJ6 from an official Yamaha dealer and your licence restricts you to 33bhp for two years, then Yamaha will fit ...

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Basic Skills: How to take a pillion for the first time

Chris Dabbs, 13 November 2009 16:43

If you are a new rider about to take a pillion for the first time, the chances are that your passenger is a novice too, so take some time to brief them on the dos and don'ts of happy two-up riding before you fire the bike up. That way they will be confident and more relaxed and you shouldn¹t notice ...

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Basic Skills: How to check your tyre pressure

Chris Dabbs, 13 November 2009 15:01

Checking your tyres on a weekly basis is a really good habit to get into. Not only will you ensure that your bike¹s handling stays sweet, but simply crouching down to check pressures and condition of the rubber will help you spot any other adjustments that may be needed to the chain or brakes. Tyre pressures should always be checked ...

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Basic Skills: How not to stall

Chris Dabbs, 06 November 2009 15:44

Stalling turns your fleet-footed steed that responds to every delicate touch, into a 150 kilo lump of metal that wants to crush your leg. But if you learn the warning signs you can pull away cleanly and trickle along in the highest gear possible at walking speed, never putting a foot down. A stall happens when there is insufficient power ...

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FAQ: How much trouble can I get in for speeding?

Chris Dabbs, 19 October 2009 13:44

It¹s very easy to get carried away with your new purchase, regardless of its power levels and capacity. Even a 125 can go fast enough to get you points on your licence on a country road. Here are the current Association of Chief Police Officers guidelines for speeding punishments:    Speed Limit (mph)    Fixed Penalty    Summons  20                                       25                       35  30                                       35                     ...

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Basic Skills: Bikewise rider training review

Laura Kennerley, 17 September 2009 15:55

What is it?  BikeWise Rider Training in County Durham What does it cost? £35 for County Durham and Darlington residents for 2:1 training, for non-Durham residents it costs £150 for 1:1 tuition or £75 for 2:1 training Where can I do it? County Durham, ­ contact the team to arrange a suitable date What do I need? Full riding kit, ...

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