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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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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 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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Kit: How to buy motorcycle gloves

Marc Abbott, 31 July 2009 10:18

You hands are the most vital parts of your body for riding a bike ­ they control your speed, your upper body balance and are unfortunately the first things to hit the deck in a crash on almost every occasion. So buying a pair of gloves is probably more important than you think. Compare and buy motorcycle gloves in the ...

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Basic Skills: bike controls explained

Marc Abbott, 29 July 2009 16:20

Anyone who's ridden a bicycle will be familiar with one of the controls of a motorcycle. The front brake lever is mounted on the right handlebar and operates the brake caliper(s) mounted on the forks. When you squeeze the brake lever hydraulic fluid is compressed in the master cylinder next to the brake lever to push the brake pads against ...

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Motorcycle Safety: Get started young

Marc Abbott, 26 June 2009 15:00

A field bike and a patch of grass was many a teenage new rider's introduction to bikes, but these days there are a few schemes dotted around the country, many run by local authorities that give youngsters a taste of two wheels. The Auto Cycle Union has a list of national schemes. Contact Debbie Walmsley: 01788-540519.   The best way to ...

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