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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 ...

  • New rider
  • 30 October 2009

FAQ: How much trouble can I get in for speeding?

It¹s very easy to get carried away with your new purchase, regardless of its power levels and capacity. Even a 125 can go fast enough to get you points on your licence on a country road. Here are the current Association of Chief Police Officers guidelines for speeding punishments:    Speed Limit (mph)    Fixed Penalty    Summons  20                                       25                       35  30                                       35                     ...

  • New rider
  • 19 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: 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: 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

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-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

  • New rider
  • 13 November 2009


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