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New rider: Avoiding punctures

Chris Dabbs, 03 December 2010 15:59

There are a few things you can do to combat the risk of punctures. First of all, try to avoid the areas of the road that debris collects in. That tends to be between opposing lanes, around traffic island and close to the gutter where any tat gets flicked up by other traffic. So, if you spend a lot of ...

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New rider: How to perform a U-turn

Chris Dabbs, 10 December 2009 17:21

A U-turn is the real-life use of all those slow speed skills you have built up by practicing in deserted car parks and on your riding course. It's also one of the most common fails during the test, for both observation and control. Turning across the flow of traffic in both directions means that good observation is key throughout the ...

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FAQ-What is the speed limit on a dual carriageway

Chris Dabbs, 13 November 2009 14:57

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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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: Can I put stickers on my helmet?

Chris Dabbs, 02 October 2009 15:38

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

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Motorcycle Safety: avoiding common accidents

Chris Dabbs, 07 September 2009 08:48

The most common accidents that we bikers get involved in are collisions at junctions, collisions while overtaking, loss of control, either from a shunt or, and, surprise, surprise, failing to get round a bend. The key to minimizing the risk of any of these happening is anticipation, whether that’s reading the road ahead or another road users’ intentions, if you ...

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FAQ: Petrol station etiquette

Chris Dabbs, 11 June 2009 14:27

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 ...

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Basic Skills: Changing gear smoothly

Chris Dabbs, 15 May 2009 15:48

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. All the good riders I know can change gears really fast and really smoothly, but I seem to have trouble with this particularly when I need to get down the gearbox quickly when I’m approaching a ...

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New rider advice: Finding the balance between comfort and feel

Chris Dabbs, 21 March 2009 12:00

Q. I'm a newish biker with a pleasant 50 mile commute. My BMW R1100RT is supremely comfortable with the screen in the touring position. With the screen down the riding feel improves noticeably. But I can't get both at the same time. Is there any bike on which I can? Matthew Hudson, Epsom A. A bike with an electric screen, like ...

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