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FAQ - Do traffic police have to wear high-vis clothing to be able to issue a ticket?

There's nothing worse than a police officer suddenly appearing and waving you into the side of the road for a lecture at best, and probably a ticket too. It's so unfair, why aren't they wearing high-viz clothing, surely that's against the regulations? Sadly not, police officers do not have to wear specific clothing when engaged in roads policing or provide ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 14 August 2009

Suspension FAQ: How can your suspension and tyres cause a slide?

The rear end of a bike can slide for a number of reasons. Over-firm suspension dials out compliance and suppleness, making a bike's tyre do more work than the suspension itself. This can cause the tyre to slide, through a loss of grip. Over-inflated tyres are also more prone to sliding because they have a smaller contact patch than they ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Suspension
  • 12 August 2009

Tyres FAQ: Why do tyres have wire in them?

The high-tensile steel wire is also known as the bead and runs circumferationally around the inner part of the tyre. Its job is to anchor the tyre on the rim so that the tyre can't creep on the wheel and also help to make it airtight. It's the reason why tyres are so hard to get onto the rim and ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Tyres
  • 12 August 2009

Tyres FAQ: Why do tyres have air in them?

A tyre has to deform slightly at the point of contact with the road for instance in, order to achieve any change of direction or speed and it has to do this in a progressive and predictable way in all the extremes of conditions that riding on the road throws at it. Compare and buy motorcycle tyres It also has ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Tyres
  • 05 August 2009

Tyres FAQ: Why are tyres black?

There isn't any natural rubber in a tyre's construction. But there are about 200 raw materials from man-made rubbers, reinforcing fillers, rayon, nylon, all sorts of additives and aramid fibres. Aramids are heat-resistant synthetic fibres with tradenames like Kevlar and Nomex. This mix is susceptible to damage from ozone and ultra-violet light so manufacturers add carbon black to absorb the ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Tyres
  • 05 August 2009

The BSB Race Director’s Guide to Red Flags

In the light of the confusion surrounding yesterday’s red flag incident at the Mallory BSB round MCN asked BSB Race Director Stuart Higgs for the precise rules regarding stopping a race prematurely due to a crash or a change in climatic conditions, how the race stoppages affect the race results, and how BSB rules compare to WSB and MotoGP regulations. ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • British Superbikes
  • 20 July 2009

FAQ: Common myth about speed traps

One of the common myths about speed traps is that the police officers have to wear fluorescent clothing and be on show. The facts are that police officers do not have to wear specific clothing when engaged in roads policing or provide any other warning of their presence. Assuming they caution you correctly at the road side you just have ...

  • New rider
  • 17 July 2009

FAQ: How to get oil off your hands

If you're trying to get oil off you hands properly after your first go at home maintenance, but you haven't got a decent hand cleanser around, use washing up liquid and put a dab of washing powder in your hands. Further reading:Motorcycle FAQ

  • New rider
  • 17 July 2009

What to do if you lose your provisional license

If you have lost your provisional licence, don't worry too much - you are entitled to continue riding while waiting for a duplicate licence. Entitlement to ride or drive runs from the date the first licence was issued, and isn't dependant on you having the actual licence in your possession. The new licence should arrive within 15 working days of the ...

  • New rider
  • 17 July 2009

FAQ: How to get a motorcycle on a paddock stand

Owning your first big bike is a fantastic feeling, but if you are nervous of lifting the rear of your bike onto the paddock stand on your own, then use the entrance of your garage to keep the bike steady. Attach some old straps from backpacks either side of the garage door at handlebar height, then ride your bike half ...

  • New rider
  • 10 July 2009

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