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Sorting out your confidence

MCN, 18 June 2010 14:06

Confidence isn't just a 'preference of the habitual voyeur' as Blur would have it, but arguably one of the most vital parts of a rider's armoury. Building it up as you start out, without straying into over-confidence is vital. The first thing is you need to have confidence in your bike. That means keeping it properly maintained with tyres inflated ...

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New rider: Do you really need a powerful bike?

Chris Dabbs, 11 June 2010 10:23

There’s no right or wrong time to buy your first big bike, the key to the process is to be honest with yourself.   If you have been driving a car for years and have built up a fund of roadcraft in your head, and you are confident that you have the ability to control a more powerful bike, then go ...

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New Rider: How to ride safely on a motorway

Chris Dabbs, 11 June 2010 10:21

Motorways may be boring to ride on, but they are the safest roads in Britain despite the high speeds and vast volumes of traffic that use them. This is because they traffic joining them filters on and off on the slip roads at junctions, instead of pulling across at right angles to on coming traffic. The two streams of traffic ...

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How to push a motorcycle

Chris Dabbs, 04 June 2010 14:57

It’s hard to believe when you are tipping your bike into a bend with the merest fingertip pressure on a bar, that your bolide 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 keys to moving your bike at ...

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How to tell if you have a puncture

Chris Dabbs, 04 June 2010 14:52

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. This is because the object that pierces the tyre often stays embedded in the ...

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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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