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Legal advice: what to do if the work car park is dangerous

Riding to work is a great way to beat the traffic, especially if you have got a works car park to leave your bike in safely. But what do you do if the car park is in a shocking state with potholes and sharp objects that mean you have picked up numerous punctures? The law says that employers have a ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 03 June 2010

Which oil for my Firestorm?

What oil would you suggest I should use in my Honda Firestorm? Fully synthetic or semi-synthetic? The bike is a 1999 model with 14,000 miles on the clock.Martin Thomas, Salisbury On a 14,000 mile machine, fully synthetic is good but then it’s also expensive. Semi-synthetic is perfectly adequate and cheaper. We’re told that Honda UK puts semi-synthetic in all of its ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 11 May 2010

How do I know my brake pads will suit my discs?

I would like to fit Ferodo Sintergrip road ST HH brake pads to my 2000 Yamaha R6. But Ferodo say the discs must be stainless steel or cast iron for their pads to be suitable. I have emailed Yamaha UK, but they say they don’t have information on the exact material composition for the brake discs. How can they not ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 11 May 2010

Troubleshooting: Why won't my 2002 Thunderbird go?

GCollins: I have a 2002 Triumph Thunderbird with 17,000 miles on it and in good condition. Lately the engine has started to fade and then cut out, this happens after about 30 miles often after a stop and restart, and at any speed. Any ideas about likely causes? jaffa90: You say it fades but does it make any noises like ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 11 May 2010

Speed camera detectors on satnavs - where you stand

Speed limits are being more rigourously enforced in Europe these days, especially France. The French have also banned speed device detectors and will confiscate any they find on vehicles. Some riders are worried that their existing satnavs loaded with software that shows where European Safety Cameras are will be at risk. If you are taking the latest generation of sat ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 30 April 2010

Motorcycle insurance advice: Keeping my no claims discount

Q. I am seriously contemplating selling my bike and giving the biking life a break for a few years with other commitments taking priority at the moment. The question is, what will happen to my No Claims Bonus IF I do not insure a bike for X amount of years? This happened to my uncle nearly ten years ago where ...

  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • 30 April 2010

New rider: Each engine has its own characteristics

When you first start out, chances are that you will go through several changes of bike, from a small capacity two-stroke scooter, to a 1000cc inline four, 900cc V-twin or 675cc triple. Each engine has its own characteristics, and that includes vibration. When you’ve been used to it at one frequency or a certain revs, then it can be disconcerting ...

  • New rider
  • 30 April 2010

New rider: Learning your bike's noises

Bikes have a disconcerting habit of rattling at different times, and it’s hard to tell whether it’s serious, or just a sign of a certain age. If it sounds like it is coming from the clutch area when the bike is ticking over, it’s caused by the plates and other parts chattering around when there is no load on them. ...

  • New rider
  • 30 April 2010

Legal advice: what to do if you have an accident in France

If you have had the misfortune to be involved in an accident in another EU member state like France and the foreign driver is blaming you and your insurer isn’t pursuing it hard, there are still steps you can take. If an English domiciled biker is injured in France by a French driver then as long as the French driver’s ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 26 March 2010

New Rider: What to do if your bike stops but has fuel

You are out on your first touring holiday having diligently loaded up your bike with all the stuff you think you’ll need, packing a tankbag to the gunnels with maps, spare gloves, waterproofs, travel documents you name it, and then your bike packs up on you, as though it’s run out of gas. Checking the fuel level shows it to ...

  • New rider
  • 26 March 2010

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