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FAQ: What to do if you're sold a bike with iffy mileage

If you've just come home with your latest purchase, a used bike from a dealer, and you discover that the mileage isn't as it was advertised, what can you do about it? Motorcycles for sale Assuming that you no longer want the motorcycle you can return it to the dealer stating that you wish to reject the motorcycle as the ...

  • New rider
  • 08 October 2009

FAQ: Can I put stickers on my helmet?

So you've bought your first motorcycle helmet, or inherited one from a friend or family member. The first question many riders ask in the flush of excitement that comes with passing a CBT is 'can I put stickers on my lid?'. (Let's face it, everyone likes stickers!) Here's the answer...   Further reading:Motorcycle FAQ

  • New rider
  • 02 October 2009

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

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 ...

  • New rider
  • 01 October 2009

FAQ: How do I build my mechanical knowledge?

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 ...

  • New rider
  • 25 September 2009

FAQ: Important legal tips for new riders

FilteringIt is NOT illegal to filter through traffic (travel between lanes of stationary or slow moving vehicles), but you do take on the chance of increased liability if you are involved in an accident. Any dispute would turn on how you were riding leading up to the collision, so don't hurtle up the middle of the road 20mph faster than ...

  • New rider
  • 17 September 2009

FAQ: what do I do if my bike won't start?

If your bike is cutting out mysteriously, especially when you try to select a gear or pull away for the first time, check out the sidestand cut-out switch. It sits in a very exposed position low on the left and can often get crudded up or corroded with bad connections. Further reading:Motorcycle FAQ

  • New rider
  • 11 September 2009

FAQ: How to cure a vibrating wheel

If you have some harsh vibrations or the steering feels loose or wobbly then your front wheel could be out of balance. Those vibes will stress wheel bearings, make the tyre run hotter and could loosen various fasteners around your bike. A fitter can do it, or you can balance your tyres at home. You want to counteract the weight ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Tyres
  • 19 August 2009

FAQ: Bike security tips - lock it or lose it

UK bike security firm Tracker has urged motorcyclists to keep bikes locked this summer and offered top tips for new riders to make sure your bike doesn’t get stolen.  Compare and buy motorcycle security kit Figures show that small bikes are as likely to be stolen than bigger machines, so even if you’ve got a 125 you need to make ...

  • New rider
  • 14 August 2009

FAQ: Strange squeaking noises from a new motorcycle

If your new bike is making an odd sound like a sort of squeaking noise, or rubbing sound, that comes and goes, check the relative positions of the footpeg and rear brake pedal. It's all too easy to rest your foot on the rear brake pedal and ride the brake so much that the pads wear down to the metal. ...

  • New rider
  • 14 August 2009

FAQ: How to check wheel alignment

Checking the wheel alignment on your bike is an essential skill, especially if you have removed the wheels to fit new tyres or chain and sprockets. The first thing you need is a straight edge and an eight foot fluorescent tube will give you that. Next, clamp your straight edge against the front tyre, then very gently move the steering ...

  • New rider
  • 14 August 2009

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