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How to prepare for a summer tour

What do I need? The absolute minimum is a bike, some money for fuel and you. No, seriously. If you want scenery or interesting places to go on the cheap then the UK has it all. If you travel abroad a passport and documents are necessary. It’s only when you want those added luxuries that touring starts to become an ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 05 March 2009

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 fit soft luggage

Why choose soft luggage? Soft luggage is cheap, easy to use and once you’ve invested in some, you’ll be able to use it on almost any bike (although soft panniers don’t work well with all exhausts). It’s very versatile. What features should good soft luggage have? Good, sturdy material with decent, chunky zips that will be hard-wearing – and it ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 30 November 2006

How to secure your garage against thieves

If a thief really wants my bike, he’ll get it won’t he? Any form of theft deterrent is a big step towards keeping hold of your bike, especially when it’s locked in a garage. Yes, it’s true to say out of sight is out of mind... especially if it’s at night – you can’t see it and, chances are, you ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 30 November 2006

How to change your sparkplugs

What am I dealing with? Spark plugs are fed voltage from a bike’s ignition system, which creates the vital spark to ignite the air/fuel mix in the engine. If your spark plugs aren’t fulfilling this basic function within the motor, you’ll get misfires and an engine which runs rougher than a tramp’s arse. Why should I bother? Engines rev a ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 30 November 2006

How to fit a flyscreen

What is a flyscreen? Flyscreen, headlight cowl, bikini fairing and handlebar fairing are different names for the same thing: a small fairing which deflects windblast, hopefully up and over the rider’s head. Why should I fit one? How about adding a little style, or individuality? Maybe you bought a naked bike because it was cheap(er) and now the excitement of ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 29 November 2006

How to choose and fit a rear hugger

Why fit a hugger? By closely following the contours of the rear tyre, a hugger acts as a protective shroud, preventing rain and mud from being flung from the tyre on to the rear shock/underside of the bike. Not only does it  keep the bike clean it’ll also prevent stones from chipping chunks out of bodywork, alloy parts and the ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 29 November 2006

How to change your own tyres

Why should I do it? Because any project that involves just you will save you money. If you buy mail order tyres at a bargain price, you’ll have to find the nearest tyre-fitting service, and nine times out of 10 you’ll be charged the earth to have another supplier’s tyres fitted to your rims. It can also save a lot ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Tyres
  • 29 November 2006

How to pass your MoT

Why bother? A recent survey among UK MoT test stations showed 20% of all test failures were due to a blown bulb. Picking up on a possible reason for a fail notice before the test could save you the test fee of £15 – and the hassle of a re-test. Stuff you’ll need At the most, front and rear paddock ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 29 November 2006

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