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Motorcycle Safety: avoiding common accidents

Chris Dabbs, 07 September 2009 08:48

The most common accidents that we bikers get involved in are collisions at junctions, collisions while overtaking, loss of control, either from a shunt or, and, surprise, surprise, failing to get round a bend. The key to minimizing the risk of any of these happening is anticipation, whether that’s reading the road ahead or another road users’ intentions, if you ...

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Kit: How to buy a cheap helmet

Chris Dabbs, 28 August 2009 13:24

If you are starting out on two wheels your budget has to cover a lot of first-time purchases. One of the most important is your crash helmet which could costs hundreds. But there are great savings to be had on end-of-lines or discontinued ranges that have been lurking at the back of the stockroom in their boxes. But how do ...

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FAQ: Strange squeaking noises from a new motorcycle

Chris Dabbs, 14 August 2009 11:12

If your new bike is making an odd sound like a sort of squeaking noise, or rubbing sound, that comes and goes, check the relative positions of the footpeg and rear brake pedal. It's all too easy to rest your foot on the rear brake pedal and ride the brake so much that the pads wear down to the metal. ...

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FAQ: How to check wheel alignment

Chris Dabbs, 14 August 2009 11:08

Checking the wheel alignment on your bike is an essential skill, especially if you have removed the wheels to fit new tyres or chain and sprockets. The first thing you need is a straight edge and an eight foot fluorescent tube will give you that. Next, clamp your straight edge against the front tyre, then very gently move the steering ...

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FAQ: Petrol station etiquette

Chris Dabbs, 11 June 2009 14:27

It¹s a sad fact that bikers are lumped in with armed robbers at petrol stations and can¹t get served until they've taken their crash helmet off. But what to do if it's a flip-front lid and you still get trouble? Go to the top. A reasonably worded letter to the Chief Executive of the fuel company pointing out that the ...

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FAQ: How do I clean my motorcycle gloves?

Chris Dabbs, 11 June 2009 14:23

If your bike gloves smell sweaty when warm and make your hands stink you can do something about it. If they are leather with a man-made lining turn them inside and hand wash them with some detergent for delicate clothing, rinsing them well. Then let them dry naturally (not on a radiator or in the microwave ­ yes it¹s been ...

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FAQ: Should I warm up my bike before a ride?

Chris Dabbs, 22 May 2009 16:21

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. Could you please clear something up for me? My DAS instructor always told me to let my bike engine heat up before riding off. He claimed it was safer to start off with a ...

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Kit: Finding motorcycle clothing for large riders

Chris Dabbs, 22 May 2009 16:15

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I’ve jsut passed my test and I’m eager to get going, but I’m stumbling across a few problems finding kit to fit. I’m of the oversized group and I am finding it very hard to ...

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Basic Skills: Changing gear smoothly

Chris Dabbs, 15 May 2009 15:48

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. All the good riders I know can change gears really fast and really smoothly, but I seem to have trouble with this particularly when I need to get down the gearbox quickly when I’m approaching a ...

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First time bikes for tall riders

Chris Dabbs, 21 March 2009 21:00

Q. I am due to take the Direct Access Scheme and test in a couple of weeks. Once I pass, I am looking to buy an all-rounder middleweight. However, being a tall bloke - 6'4", I would prefer a bike that is comfortable for someone above average height. From my research, I have narrowed my shortlist to the Kawasaki Versys, Yamaha FZ6 Fazer, and Suzuki ...

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