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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: 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 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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Basic Skills: How to improve your riding skills

Chris Dabbs, 09 October 2009 15:18

Riding a bike is a life-long learning experience and getting good training through your biking life is crucial. BikesafeBikeSafe is an initiative run by police forces around the United Kingdom who work with the whole of the biking world to help to lower the number of motorcycle rider casualties. Go on a Bikesafe course and you’ll get the chance to ...

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FAQ: How do I make a claim for poor service?

Marc Abbott, 01 October 2009 18:40

If you have had loads of grief with a bike you've just bought from a dealer, with some faults and a prolonged wait for parts it is sometimes possible to reject the bike. However, in order for there to be a right of rejection under the Sale of Goods Act, the goods must be sufficiently faulty in that they are ...

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FAQ: How do I build my mechanical knowledge?

Marc Abbott, 25 September 2009 17:24

You can save tons of your hard-earned cash and really increase your enjoyment of biking if you begin to build up your technical knowledge of how your bike works. We've collated a selection of sites (with loads of help from KCMC in the Technical forum) that will point you in the right direction when it comes to servicing and repairing ...

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