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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 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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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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New rider: how to ride at night

Marc Abbott, 20 November 2009 15:23

Riding at night can be very satisfying with the roads less crowded and distractions swallowed up in the dark, but you have got to take some extra precautions to make it safe as well as satisfying. For a start, check your bike's lighting before the off, grubby lenses can cut your headlights effectiveness by 50 per cent, and if they ...

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FAQ: How do I make a claim for poor service?

Marc Abbott, 01 October 2009 18:40

If you have had loads of grief with a bike you've just bought from a dealer, with some faults and a prolonged wait for parts it is sometimes possible to reject the bike. However, in order for there to be a right of rejection under the Sale of Goods Act, the goods must be sufficiently faulty in that they are ...

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FAQ: How do I build my mechanical knowledge?

Marc Abbott, 25 September 2009 17:24

You can save tons of your hard-earned cash and really increase your enjoyment of biking if you begin to build up your technical knowledge of how your bike works. We've collated a selection of sites (with loads of help from KCMC in the Technical forum) that will point you in the right direction when it comes to servicing and repairing ...

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Basic Skills: California Superbike School review

Marc Abbott, 23 September 2009 16:17

Don’t be scared – it’s not in California and it’s not just for superbike riders. MCN’s Laura Kennerley went on a ladies-only training day to learn the finer points of cornering, and realised everyone can benefit, especially if you’ve just passed your test. What is it?  California Superbike School Level 1 – Cornering Where can I do it? Silverstone, Northamptonshire, ...

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