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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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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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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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New rider: Each engine has its own characteristics

Chris Dabbs, 30 April 2010 14:47

When you first start out, chances are that you will go through several changes of bike, from a small capacity two-stroke scooter, to a 1000cc inline four, 900cc V-twin or 675cc triple. Each engine has its own characteristics, and that includes vibration. When you’ve been used to it at one frequency or a certain revs, then it can be disconcerting ...

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New rider: Learning your bike's noises

Chris Dabbs, 30 April 2010 14:30

Bikes have a disconcerting habit of rattling at different times, and it’s hard to tell whether it’s serious, or just a sign of a certain age. If it sounds like it is coming from the clutch area when the bike is ticking over, it’s caused by the plates and other parts chattering around when there is no load on them. ...

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Get your mates to watch you ride

MCN, 19 April 2010 17:26

If you’ve got biking mates, get them to watch you ride. They’ll spot some oddities to your technique that you’re not aware of. And they’ll have a great time telling you all about it…  Get a friend into biking and win £10000 for you, and £5000 for them with the MCN 1000

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New rider: filling up when sitting on your bike

MCN, 16 April 2010 15:45

Q. Is it against the law to sit on your bike when refuelling? According to a Tesco’s cashier that’s the case. They wouldn’t start the pump until I got off the bike.Sam Fletcher, email A. It’s not against the law, but I’d imagine they might have received an edict from on high after some customers have done a bunk. More ...

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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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