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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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Tubeless tyres and punctures

MCN, 04 June 2010 09:00

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. Save £££s on motorcycle tyres This is because the object that pierces the tyre ...

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Differences between bike and car engines

MCN, 28 May 2010 16:02

If you have come from the four-wheeled world it is easy to forget that motorcycle engines need more care and attention than car engines as they rev a lot higher with much greater power to capacity ratios. For example, you can normally expect a car to hardly need topping up between oil changes, but it’s not unusual for bikes to ...

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How to help your pillion

MCN, 28 May 2010 15:53

We all know how fantastic bikes are to ride, with their power, cornering and acceleration, but novice pillions need to be introduced gently to those powerful physical sensations if they aren’t to be put off bikes forever. The first step is to explain to them what they are going to feel, that tipping back as you open the throttle, the ...

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Adjusting to the bike riding experience

MCN, 21 May 2010 16:24

If you are coming from four wheels to two for the first time, the differences can seem daunting. Cars deliver their responses to you through a myriad of different systems that use complicated electronics and hydraulics for power steering, servo-assisted brakes, fly-by-wire throttles and semi-automatic gearboxes. You are cocooned in an air-conditioned cabin with your favourite sounds, drink and snacks ...

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Fizing a seized lock

MCN, 21 May 2010 16:15

Turning the ignition on with your bike’s key should be such a simple action that will have you winging down the road in seconds. But what do you do if the key won’t turn? You don’t dare force it for fear of it snapping off in the lock, but you really, really need to get going NOW. You may need ...

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Remember to SORN your bike

MCN, 21 May 2010 16:07

These days there is more and more paperwork attached to owning a bike whether it's on the road or not. If you do decide to take your bike off the road you have to register it as off the road with the DVLA, otherwise known as Statutory Off Road Notification or SORN. You can do it online, on the phone ...

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How to clean your bike

MCN, 14 May 2010 17:32

It’s Sunday morning. You were due to go for a ride, but the weather’s naff and you’ve got a hangover. So what are you going to do to spend some quality time with your baby? Clean the thing. Most of us either love or loathe this particular facet of motorcycle ownership, but if you want your bike to look good ...

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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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Steering dampers can help on bumpy roads

MCN, 07 May 2010 16:00

Bikes are designed to have very different handling characteristics, from slow, lazy steering and high stability on customs and out-and-out tourers, to fast steering, agile sports bikes. Those sports bikes accelerate hard and their suspension settings are based on race bikes. But a racetrack is a very smooth environment compared to our potholed roads, and on the public highway those ...

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