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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 balance your wheels

Do modern wheels still need balancing then? However precise the manufacture of wheels, tyres and discs is, mass-production means no item is perfect. Tyres and wheels can be out of alignment, out of shape, or have heavy spots on the rim of the wheel or tyre. How can I tell if my wheel is unbalanced? The problem is unequal weight ...

  • 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 ...

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  • Parts & accessories
  • 29 November 2006

How to build a toolkit for your bike

But my bike already has a toolkit under the seat Whether you strip and rebuild bikes from spindle-to-spindle, dabble in home servicing, or simply adjust your bike’s chain, tools are a bike and man’s best friends. But not those bits of cheap tat laughingly known as ‘the standard toolkit’ kept in a plastic pouch under the seat. Quite simply these ...

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  • Parts & accessories
  • 29 November 2006

How to put your bike on a diet

Unsprung advantage The lower the overall weight of your motorcycle, the more acceleration you’ll get out of each horsepower your engine produces. But it doesn’t stop there. Weight removed from the areas not supported by a bike’s suspension – the ‘unsprung weight’ – has other advantages in terms of handling and suspension reaction. The lower the unsprung weight (the combined ...

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  • Parts & accessories
  • 29 November 2006

How to fit aftermarket bodywork

Why bother? Genuine bodywork is expensive to replace. A simple topple over on the road when turning around can cost more in damage repair than a whole pattern bodywork kit. Trackdays increase the chances of tipping off by some degree, so again cheap pattern bodywork makes sense. Race bodywork (no holes for lights and indicators) can come with one large ...

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  • Parts & accessories
  • 29 November 2006

How to set suspension sag

What is sag? Loaded sag is the name given to the amount of suspension travel used up when the bike settles with a rider on board. To alter the sag you need to adjust how much the springs in the forks and the spring in the rear shock are compressed (also called altering the springs’ tension or altering the pre-load). ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Suspension
  • 29 November 2006

How to service your clutch

I didn’t know my clutch needed servicing... Every part of a bike needs some TLC at some point to keep it working correctly. This can vary from a simple adjustment, to a complete rebuild – your bike’s clutch is no exception. So how do I know if there’s a problem? Problems that only manifest themselves gradually are sometimes hard to ...

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  • Parts & accessories
  • 29 November 2006

How to check and replace wheel bearings

Why bother? Worn or damaged wheel bearings will cause: (1) ill handling with weaves and wobbles, a bit like a flat tyre, and (2) ill health if a wheel bearing collapses and the wheel cocks to one side to lock the chain up. These are valid reasons why you should check wheel bearings on a regular basis, say every time ...

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  • 29 November 2006

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