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New rider: Avon offer free replacement on damaged or punctured tyres

Chris Dabbs, 03 December 2010 16:02

Avon tyres have got a scheme called the Road Hazard Warranty. If one of their radial tyres becomes damaged or punctured they will replace it free of charge, as long as there's no more than 1mm of wear on the centre of the tread.   To make a claim, call Avon Customer Services on: 01225-357750. They will direct you to a ...

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New Rider: Why triples rock

Chris Dabbs, 17 September 2010 15:01

The first ‘modern’ three-cylinder engine was an inline design built by the Triumph/BSA conglomerate back in the 1969 using their existing twin-cylinder motors, as a response to Honda’s revolutionary four-cylinder engine. And it’s Triumph who champion the design today in their Speed Triples and 675s. The advantages of triples are that they can rev higher than a twin, and have ...

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Pre-2001 Licence categories

MCN, 10 September 2010 18:29

Vehicle tests have become more complex over the years with several modules and more extensive theory tests. Full motorcycle licence holders who’ve held their licences pre-2001, also have a B1 classification which allows them to use “Motor tricycles / quad cycles, 3 or 4 wheeled vehicles with an un-laden weight not exceeding 550kg”. Armed with this category they do not ...

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Aftermarket exhausts

MCN, 10 September 2010 18:22

Switching to an aftermarket exhaust is an obvious choice if you want to change the look, sound or performance of your bike. But you do have to consider a few things before you splash the cash. First of all, check with your insurance company what changes are permissible without your premium changing or cover being cancelled. Insurance companies operate on ...

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New rider engine layouts: Singles

MCN, 10 September 2010 18:18

The simplest bike engine design is the single cylinder and it’s what’s fuelled generations of young and new bikers’ love affair with two wheels, as well as keeping the masses moving in poorer countries. Its chief advantages are its relative simplicity and cheapness with one of everything and light weight too, making it favourite for use in smaller capacity machinery ...

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Properly fitting a set of leathers

MCN, 03 September 2010 17:17

A set of leathers is a major investment, so it’s important that they fit you well. Although leathers will give a little bit over time, they aren’t as flexible as textile garments, so the makers cut them to fit well when you are in a typical riding position. But that can vary a lot from a sit-up-and-beg tourer stance to ...

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Securing your bike on a ferry

MCN, 27 August 2010 17:15

If you are heading abroad on the ferries it’s important that you are able to tether your bike down properly in the hold in case of rough weather. Park it so it is almost leaning against the deck wall and out of people’s way. You want to tie it down so that the suspension is compressed and the weight of ...

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New rider engine layouts: Inline fours

MCN, 27 August 2010 17:04

The inline four-cylinder engine is the most popular layout for bikes because it combines high performance with relatively low cost. First made popular by Honda in 1970s, after they’d gained experience making ridiculously high-revving 125s for grand prix racing, the other Japanese manufacturers soon followed suit, and nowadays BMW and MV Augusta also offer this layout. The inline-four is much ...

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Position yourself correctly

Anonymous, 20 August 2010 18:30

Getting yourself in the right position in the lane of the road you are travelling on is a vital skill that keeps you safe and lets you make good progress. The greatest risk to you is other road users, so it’s important that you make yourself as obvious as possible. So, don’t hug the gutter, position yourself midway across the ...

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How to tell when your tyres need replacing

MCN, 13 August 2010 15:27

The obvious visual sign that your tyres are worn are when the tread becomes so shallow that tread wear indicators, which are small raised areas at the bottom of the main tread grooves, have reached the surface of the tyre rubber. But way before then, you may well feel changes in your bike’s handling. Because most of us don’t spend ...


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