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HeyI am looking to buy my first bike. I've passed my CBT and am struggling to find a bike within my budget (they all seem to be in some 'shire' town and I live in London).Bikes I seem to be looking at at just normal Yamaha YBR and Honda CG and CBF. Only 125cc. I only have a small budget and don't even really want to spend that as I still have to buy helmet etc.The other thing is I am only 5"3 so reaching the floor might be a bit tricky. I learnt on the Honda CG so I ...

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  • 27 March 2012

Introduction and Generic Mod 2 Query / GPX 250

Hi,I'm a uni student - been riding a YBR125 for a good year now so finally feeling confident enough to think about the bike test. Got Mod 1 done (second try - failed first with no minors apart from the swerve speed not being high enough (bloody 48 then 49 :()) Going to take Mod 2 in Shrewsbury in the middle of July. Was just wondering whether you guys had any pointers/tips/tricks... apart from what I have been able to find already i.e. calm, confident LIFESAVERS etc.Thanks for your time,AndrewEDIT:Also, have just bought a mint 2007 Australian Import GPX 250 ...

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  • 08 June 2011

Ebike == Not Insured

Read this and weep if you specified an insurance approved chain. Cleverly hidden away on Ebikes Website My documents have a Security Endorsement, what does this mean? The E4 Security Endorsement is triggered when you state on your policy details that your bike is fitted with an approved security device. This could be an alarm/immobiliser, mechanical locking device or security identification.The endorsement is instructing you to use the devices when the bike is parked.If the security devices you have listed are ...

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  • 10 April 2010

FAQ-What is the speed limit on a dual carriageway

Dual carriageway speed limits can catch out the unwary rider. They are subject to the national speed limit of 70mph unless there is another speed limit displayed which will be 50,40 or 30mph. However, if the road has street lighting the limit is 30mph unless signs show otherwise. For more legal advice visit - Legal Help

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  • 13 November 2009

FAQ: How to get cheap motorcycle insurance

As a new rider insuring your bike could leave you feeling like you’ve just had a run in with Dick Turpin. The usual premium slashing saviours of years of riding experience or years of accumulated no claims bonus’s clearly don’t apply, but it is not all bad news, there are things you can do to keep costs to a minimum. ...

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  • 04 November 2009

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

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

  • New rider
  • 30 October 2009

FAQ: How do I check motorcycle wheel alignment?

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 ...

  • New rider
  • 30 October 2009

FAQ: What do I do if I lose my motorcycle key?

These days a lot of bikes have their ignition keys coded to the ECU to make it harder for thieves to get them going. But that means you have to take extra special care of those keys because if you are unlucky enough to lose both keys you could need a new ECU at up to ₤1000. The reason is ...

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  • 30 October 2009

FAQ: How to handle a Failing to stop charge

Some people say that when you get done for speeding you are really being punished for driving without due care because you failed to see the camera. But what happens if it was a manned speed trap and you didn’t see the policeman trying to pull you over? In that case the offence is “failing to stop”. It is not ...

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  • 23 October 2009

FAQ: How do I protect my motorcycle from theft?

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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  • 23 October 2009

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