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Best first bike for a 50-mile commute

MCN, 16 April 2010 15:37

Q. I’ve finally got the nerve to do my bike test, and I’m now wishing I could have been one of the happy elite to have taken my test when I was 18, and had a man shouting at me with a clipboard some half mile away from where I was riding. As it is, my CBT is on Saturday, ...

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How much oil should my new bike use?

MCN, 10 February 2010 16:55

It is not unusual for bikes to use a litre of oil per 1000 miles. Oil consumption is determined by a variety of factors, and the one the rider has the most control over is the running in. If it is run in too gently, the bores and pistons don't bed in very well and high oil consumption is the ...

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Winter riding: be seen when the days get longer

MCN, 29 January 2010 12:22

Here’s a handy tip to enable you to ride safely when the low, bright sun of late winter/early spring starts to accompany your commute... Check your shadow. If your shadow is directly in front of you when you’re riding, then the sun will be directly behind you, meaning oncoming traffic (and drivers in front of you in the same lane, ...

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How to touch up paint on the cheap

MCN, 03 December 2009 16:36

If you are unlucky enough to damage your bike's paintwork it can sometimes be pretty hard to get hold of the paint from the dealer network to carry out the repairs yourself. But there are two companies in the UK that have links with all the major manufacturers and are able mix up exact matches of the manufacturer's colours like ...

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FAQ: How to get oil off your hands

MCN, 17 July 2009 11:26

If you're trying to get oil off you hands properly after your first go at home maintenance, but you haven't got a decent hand cleanser around, use washing up liquid and put a dab of washing powder in your hands. Further reading:Motorcycle FAQ

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