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Basic Skills: How to take a pillion for the first time

Chris Dabbs, 13 November 2009 16:43

If you are a new rider about to take a pillion for the first time, the chances are that your passenger is a novice too, so take some time to brief them on the dos and don'ts of happy two-up riding before you fire the bike up. That way they will be confident and more relaxed and you shouldn¹t notice ...

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Basic Skills: How to check your tyre pressure

Chris Dabbs, 13 November 2009 15:01

Checking your tyres on a weekly basis is a really good habit to get into. Not only will you ensure that your bike¹s handling stays sweet, but simply crouching down to check pressures and condition of the rubber will help you spot any other adjustments that may be needed to the chain or brakes. Tyre pressures should always be checked ...

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Basic Skills: How not to stall

Chris Dabbs, 06 November 2009 15:44

Stalling turns your fleet-footed steed that responds to every delicate touch, into a 150 kilo lump of metal that wants to crush your leg. But if you learn the warning signs you can pull away cleanly and trickle along in the highest gear possible at walking speed, never putting a foot down. A stall happens when there is insufficient power ...

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

Chris Dabbs, 19 October 2009 13:44

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                     ...

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

Chris Dabbs, 22 May 2009 16:21

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 ...

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