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How to fit soft luggage

MCN Technical Staff, 30 November 2006 10:06

Why choose soft luggage? Soft luggage is cheap, easy to use and once you’ve invested in some, you’ll be able to use it on almost any bike (although soft panniers don’t work well with all exhausts). It’s very versatile. What features should good soft luggage have? Good, sturdy material with decent, chunky zips that will be hard-wearing – and it ...

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How to secure your garage against thieves

MCN Technical Staff, 30 November 2006 10:01

If a thief really wants my bike, he’ll get it won’t he? Any form of theft deterrent is a big step towards keeping hold of your bike, especially when it’s locked in a garage. Yes, it’s true to say out of sight is out of mind... especially if it’s at night – you can’t see it and, chances are, you ...

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How to change your sparkplugs

MCN Technical Staff, 30 November 2006 09:41

What am I dealing with? Spark plugs are fed voltage from a bike’s ignition system, which creates the vital spark to ignite the air/fuel mix in the engine. If your spark plugs aren’t fulfilling this basic function within the motor, you’ll get misfires and an engine which runs rougher than a tramp’s arse. Why should I bother? Engines rev a ...

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How to fit a flyscreen

MCN Technical Staff, 29 November 2006 17:12

What is a flyscreen? Flyscreen, headlight cowl, bikini fairing and handlebar fairing are different names for the same thing: a small fairing which deflects windblast, hopefully up and over the rider’s head. Why should I fit one? How about adding a little style, or individuality? Maybe you bought a naked bike because it was cheap(er) and now the excitement of ...

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How to choose and fit a rear hugger

MCN Technical Staff, 29 November 2006 16:35

Why fit a hugger? By closely following the contours of the rear tyre, a hugger acts as a protective shroud, preventing rain and mud from being flung from the tyre on to the rear shock/underside of the bike. Not only does it  keep the bike clean it’ll also prevent stones from chipping chunks out of bodywork, alloy parts and the ...

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How to change your own tyres

MCN Technical Staff, 29 November 2006 16:21

Why should I do it? Because any project that involves just you will save you money. If you buy mail order tyres at a bargain price, you’ll have to find the nearest tyre-fitting service, and nine times out of 10 you’ll be charged the earth to have another supplier’s tyres fitted to your rims. It can also save a lot ...

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How to pass your MoT

MCN Technical Staff, 29 November 2006 16:12

Why bother? A recent survey among UK MoT test stations showed 20% of all test failures were due to a blown bulb. Picking up on a possible reason for a fail notice before the test could save you the test fee of £15 – and the hassle of a re-test. Stuff you’ll need At the most, front and rear paddock ...

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How to build a toolkit for your bike

MCN Technical Staff, 29 November 2006 15:56

But my bike already has a toolkit under the seat Whether you strip and rebuild bikes from spindle-to-spindle, dabble in home servicing, or simply adjust your bike’s chain, tools are a bike and man’s best friends. But not those bits of cheap tat laughingly known as ‘the standard toolkit’ kept in a plastic pouch under the seat. Quite simply these ...

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How to put your bike on a diet

MCN Technical Staff, 29 November 2006 15:52

Unsprung advantage The lower the overall weight of your motorcycle, the more acceleration you’ll get out of each horsepower your engine produces. But it doesn’t stop there. Weight removed from the areas not supported by a bike’s suspension – the ‘unsprung weight’ – has other advantages in terms of handling and suspension reaction. The lower the unsprung weight (the combined ...

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How to fit aftermarket bodywork

MCN Technical Staff, 29 November 2006 15:50

Why bother? Genuine bodywork is expensive to replace. A simple topple over on the road when turning around can cost more in damage repair than a whole pattern bodywork kit. Trackdays increase the chances of tipping off by some degree, so again cheap pattern bodywork makes sense. Race bodywork (no holes for lights and indicators) can come with one large ...

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