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How to fine tune your riding position

Isn’t your bike’s riding position just something you have to put up with? No - there is a wide variety of small adjustments you can make to even the most comfortable bike to make it fit your body shape and riding needs better. It’s worth the effort because being uncomfortable or unsettled on a bike brings on mental tiredness far ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 05 March 2009

How to park your bike securely

Why bother? Because having your motorcycle nicked is about twice as likely as your car being half-inched – and such thefts often occur in temporary parking locations. Of course there’s no guarantee that your bike won’t be stolen – if a professional thief wants your bike he’ll probably get it. But combining as many security measures as reasonably and practically ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 30 November 2006

How to get basic workshop confidence

But a spanner is an object of terror to me! If you can ride a bike then you can also carry out simple maintenance/repair tasks. To be able to strip and rebuild a four-cylinder engine is not a natural in-built ability. Most mechanics are self-taught in the first instance, or just learn by watching mates/relatives at work on their bikes. ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 29 November 2006

How to safeguard your riding health

How much protection do I need? Riding bikes isn’t dangerous. Falling off them, or crashing them into things, is. The only legal requirement for personal protection is to wear a helmet, the rest is down to you. We all know about the protective qualities of decent helmets, leathers, boots and gloves, but there are many other measures you can take ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 29 November 2006

How to transport your bike safely

Why put a bike in a van? For trackday riders it can be a lot less hassle to have the bike carted to the event and back in a van. Why? Because: 1) it’s easier to get the bike and you home if you’re unfortunate enough to crash, 2) tools and spare wheels aren’t a problem, and 3) friends and ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 29 November 2006

How to fix your bike at the roadside

Why bother? What have you got to lose? If you can find the fault and remedy it quickly you’ll be on your way. Some rescue services only take you home, which can mean a time-consuming journey to your real destination. If you break down on a bank holiday you could have some wait before any assistance arrives. What you’re dealing ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 29 November 2006

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