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Fitting a new chain

Chris Dabbs, 24 September 2010 16:48

If you are thinking of changing your chain there are a few things you should consider. You can get more out of it, if you keep it scrupulously lubricated and adjusted through its life, ideally with the lube drip-fed as you ride by a Scottoiler or the like. Don’t just fit a chain on its own as it will wear ...

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Basic Skills: How to pick up a motorcycle

Chris Dabbs, 06 November 2009 15:49

Bikes are inherently unstable beasts on their two wheels and when they topple over it’s important that you know how to pick it up without damaging yourself, or your pride and joy some more. Whichever side it’s lying on, move round so you’re facing the handlebar nearest the ground. Turn the bar onto full lock toward the fuel tank, then ...

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FAQ: How do I check motorcycle wheel alignment?

Chris Dabbs, 30 October 2009 17:10

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 ...

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FAQ: How to handle a Failing to stop charge

Chris Dabbs, 23 October 2009 17:20

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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Kit: How to buy a cheap helmet

Chris Dabbs, 28 August 2009 13:24

If you are starting out on two wheels your budget has to cover a lot of first-time purchases. One of the most important is your crash helmet which could costs hundreds. But there are great savings to be had on end-of-lines or discontinued ranges that have been lurking at the back of the stockroom in their boxes. But how do ...

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FAQ: How to check wheel alignment

Chris Dabbs, 14 August 2009 11:08

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 ...

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Kit: Finding motorcycle clothing for large riders

Chris Dabbs, 22 May 2009 16:15

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. I’ve jsut passed my test and I’m eager to get going, but I’m stumbling across a few problems finding kit to fit. I’m of the oversized group and I am finding it very hard to ...

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