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Poll: 2WD R1 - the future or gimmick?

MCN is the only publication in the world to have ridden the Ohlins two-wheel-drive Yamaha R1. But here's the question: Is 2WD the future of motorcycling or is it a pointless gimmick? Read our FAQ and have your say in our online poll... Does 2WD have a weight penalty?The Ohlins R1 is a 2WD test mule. As such the present system weighs ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 09 July 2009

FAQ: Petrol station etiquette

It¹s a sad fact that bikers are lumped in with armed robbers at petrol stations and can¹t get served until they've taken their crash helmet off. But what to do if it's a flip-front lid and you still get trouble? Go to the top. A reasonably worded letter to the Chief Executive of the fuel company pointing out that the ...

  • New rider
  • 11 June 2009

FAQ: How do I clean my motorcycle gloves?

If your bike gloves smell sweaty when warm and make your hands stink you can do something about it. If they are leather with a man-made lining turn them inside and hand wash them with some detergent for delicate clothing, rinsing them well. Then let them dry naturally (not on a radiator or in the microwave ­ yes it¹s been ...

  • New rider
  • 11 June 2009

FAQ: Should I warm up my bike before a ride?

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. Could you please clear something up for me? My DAS instructor always told me to let my bike engine heat up before riding off. He claimed it was safer to start off with a ...

  • New rider
  • 22 May 2009


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