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How to claim against a rubbish training centre

Chris Dabbs, 10 December 2009 16:25

The vast majority of training firms out there give great service to trainee riders, but there are always a few who fall down, maybe by adding on extra charges buried in the small print or lending you a bike for the test that isn't roadworthy. If you are unlucky enough to encounter a situation like this there are steps you ...

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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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How to avoid being dazzled by the sun

Marc Abbott, 03 December 2009 16:30

At this time of year with the sun low in the sky it's all too easy to be dazzled unexpectedly, but there's not enough biright sunlight around to justify a dark visor. An easy temporary fix is to put a strip of parcel tape at the very top of your visor which will give you some defence from being dazzled.  ...

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New rider: Braking in the wet

Chris Dabbs, 30 November 2009 10:00

Like most other things in life, braking in the wet is straightforward if you plan ahead. The first part of the plan is to practice applying the brakes on a traffic-free stretch of road with a consistent road surface. Start out slowly, focussing on the front brake and building up the lever pressure gradually so that you get more and ...

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New rider: how to ride at night

Marc Abbott, 20 November 2009 15:23

Riding at night can be very satisfying with the roads less crowded and distractions swallowed up in the dark, but you have got to take some extra precautions to make it safe as well as satisfying. For a start, check your bike's lighting before the off, grubby lenses can cut your headlights effectiveness by 50 per cent, and if they ...

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FAQ: What do I do if I've lost my motorcycle licence?

Chris Dabbs, 30 October 2009 17:16

Don’t worry if you lose your provisional licence, according to Section 88 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 your entitlement to ride continues when a licence holder has applied for a duplicate driving licence following the loss of the original. For more legal advice visit - Legal Help

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FAQ: How do I check motorcycle wheel alignment?

Chris Dabbs, 30 October 2009 17:10

Checking the wheel alignment on a bike is a really useful skill, especially when you’re out there looking to buy a new machine and you want to make sure the frame isn’t bent and the forks are still straight. The first thing you need is a straight edge and an eight foot fluorescent tube will give you that. Next, clamp ...

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FAQ: How do I protect my motorcycle from theft?

Marc Abott, 23 October 2009 17:07

Aftermarket security systems like Datatag, Smartwater and Alphadot can make the difference between losing your bike forever and getting it back. Because villains know that they can’t sell the parts of a stolen bike on easily when it’s tagged with some sort of security marking they’ll pass it over and steal the unmarked bike in the next street instead. Even ...

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FAQ: Where do I meet fellow bikers?

Chris Dabbs, 17 October 2009 12:30

Any rider these days is spoilt for choice when it comes to an event to visit like a big bike meet. Just start by clicking on the 'riding and events' tab on the home page here and you can soon see if there's anything special going off in your neck of the woods. As well as one-off events, there are ...

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FAQ: Where can I get legal advice?

Chris Dabbs, 09 October 2009 15:23

Getting all your documentation in order so you’re legal on the road can seem very complicated when you start out. But if you click here, the process for getting your various certificates and licences is clearly laid out. Hopefully you’ll have a great time most of the time, but if you are involved in an accident and you need to pursue ...

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