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FAQ: How do I check motorcycle wheel alignment?

Chris Dabbs, 30 October 2009 17:10

Checking the wheel alignment on a bike is a really useful skill, especially when you’re out there looking to buy a new machine and you want to make sure the frame isn’t bent and the forks are still straight. The first thing you need is a straight edge and an eight foot fluorescent tube will give you that. Next, clamp ...

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FAQ: What do I do if I lose my motorcycle key?

Chris Dabbs, 30 October 2009 17:05

These days a lot of bikes have their ignition keys coded to the ECU to make it harder for thieves to get them going. But that means you have to take extra special care of those keys because if you are unlucky enough to lose both keys you could need a new ECU at up to ₤1000. The reason is ...

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FAQ: How to handle a Failing to stop charge

Chris Dabbs, 23 October 2009 17:20

Some people say that when you get done for speeding you are really being punished for driving without due care because you failed to see the camera. But what happens if it was a manned speed trap and you didn’t see the policeman trying to pull you over? In that case the offence is “failing to stop”. It is not ...

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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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FAQ: Where do I meet fellow bikers?

Chris Dabbs, 17 October 2009 12:30

Any rider these days is spoilt for choice when it comes to an event to visit like a big bike meet. Just start by clicking on the 'riding and events' tab on the home page here and you can soon see if there's anything special going off in your neck of the woods. As well as one-off events, there are ...

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FAQ: Where can I get legal advice?

Chris Dabbs, 09 October 2009 15:23

Getting all your documentation in order so you’re legal on the road can seem very complicated when you start out. But if you click here, the process for getting your various certificates and licences is clearly laid out. Hopefully you’ll have a great time most of the time, but if you are involved in an accident and you need to pursue ...

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Basic Skills: How to improve your riding skills

Chris Dabbs, 09 October 2009 15:18

Riding a bike is a life-long learning experience and getting good training through your biking life is crucial. BikesafeBikeSafe is an initiative run by police forces around the United Kingdom who work with the whole of the biking world to help to lower the number of motorcycle rider casualties. Go on a Bikesafe course and you’ll get the chance to ...

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Basic Skills: How to position your body when cornering

Chris Dabbs, 02 October 2009 15:55

You don't have to be a racer to hang your body off a bike! Changing your body position when cornering can get you round safer and with less lean angle required from your bike, as MCN's Michael Neeves shows one reader in our video.   Further reading:Basic Skills

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FAQ: Can I put stickers on my helmet?

Chris Dabbs, 02 October 2009 15:38

So you've bought your first motorcycle helmet, or inherited one from a friend or family member. The first question many riders ask in the flush of excitement that comes with passing a CBT is 'can I put stickers on my lid?'. (Let's face it, everyone likes stickers!) Here's the answer...   Further reading:Motorcycle FAQ

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FAQ: what do I do if my bike won't start?

Chris Dabbs, 11 September 2009 17:04

If your bike is cutting out mysteriously, especially when you try to select a gear or pull away for the first time, check out the sidestand cut-out switch. It sits in a very exposed position low on the left and can often get crudded up or corroded with bad connections. Further reading:Motorcycle FAQ

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