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How to adjust your chain properly

Marc Abbott, 05 February 2010 17:03

The first thing you've got to get right is the alignment. Check that by measuring the distance from swingarm to wheel on both sides. You can also put a straight edge against the rear tyre like a scaffold tube etc, then check that it's equi-distant from the front tyre front and rear.   Once you've got the wheel straight it's then ...

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How to get your kids started early

Marc Abbott, 05 February 2010 17:01

There are a handful of projects running around the country that give youngsters a taste of two wheels.   There’s an off-road school called the Geoff Mayes’ MX try-out (01379-852452) which is based in East Anglia and the Newnham motorcycle project is a permanent off-road course in inner London (call 0207-473-4434). If you want an on-track experience the Mick Boddice Track ...

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How to plan your first ride on a sports bike

Marc Abbott, 21 January 2010 16:13

You've passed your test, bought the kit and blown all your hard-earned on your dream bike. Now it's time to go for your very first ride. And that needs preparation. If you passed your test by the Direct Access route, you'll have ridden a Honda CB500 or similar. So what differences can you expect when you sling your leg over ...

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Can I ride in Europe on a restricted licence?

Marc Abbott, 21 January 2010 15:58

If you're currently on a 33bhp restricted licence you are still able to enjoy European adventures.  Although you are subject to the traffic laws of any country you are riding through, speed limits and the like, you do not need to be 21 to ride overseas. As a UK resident, you are not subject to the local licencing regulations and ...

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Block your exhaust over winter

Marc Abbott, 15 January 2010 17:36

Multi-cylinder bikes will always have one set of valves open when they are stopped. If you’re storing your bike over the colder months, to stop moisture creeping up the exhaust into the combustion chamber, put a bung over the end of the exhaust. Make sure the bike is at ambient temperature before you do to avoid trapping moisture in the ...

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Look after your fuel this winter

Marc Abbott, 15 January 2010 17:34

If it’s your first winter since you passed your test, and you’ve laid your bike up until the spring, you want to be doubly sure your fuel won’t deteriorate. To do this, brim the tank to stop oxidisation and add a fuel stabiliser, NOT a fuel additive. There are plenty to choose from and they cost about ₤5-6 from firms ...

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New rider: How to ride in a snowstorm

Marc Abbott, 31 December 2009 12:25

If the roads are white with snow you are best off leaving the bike at home.But if you get caught out by a sudden weather change and you've no choice, here are some tips to keep you rubber side down. Slow right down, use a higher gear than normal and read the road ahead carefully. Although it's tempting to travel ...

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New Rider: How to top up a battery – the christmas way!

Marc Abbott, 25 December 2009 14:00

If you are running an older bike with a lead acid battery that needs topping up now and again with distilled water, save one of those discharged plastic 'party popper' cases from the Christmas festivities. They make excellent funnels for topping up the fluid.   Get a friend into biking and win £10000 for you, and £5000 for them with the ...

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New Rider: How to prevent your ignition freezing

Marc Abbott, 25 December 2009 13:00

These freezing conditions mean that your exposed ignition or fuel tank lock can get iced up solid. But try these quick fixes and long-term remedies and you should be up and running quickly. If you’re at home heating the key with a hairdryer for a couple of minutes can work, while a fag lighter’s flame played up and down the ...

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How to avoid being dazzled by the sun

Marc Abbott, 03 December 2009 16:30

At this time of year with the sun low in the sky it's all too easy to be dazzled unexpectedly, but there's not enough biright sunlight around to justify a dark visor. An easy temporary fix is to put a strip of parcel tape at the very top of your visor which will give you some defence from being dazzled.  ...

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