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How to make your bike go better on the cheap

MCN Technical Staff, 30 November 2006 14:11

Nothing is ever free is it? No – but some things come pretty damn close. After laying out for the price of a bike and all the associated riding gear, anything which helps boost the bike’s and the rider’s performance with the investment of a few minutes’ time, or a few quid, has to be worth it. Are we talking ...

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How to keep your tyres in good health

MCN Technical Staff, 30 November 2006 13:47

But there’s nothing to look after on a tyre… Not true. Imagine what would happen if one of your tyres failed to work at 70mph. Anything that keeps tyres in tip-top condition is worth every penny or second of your time. Taking a good look at both tyres when you lube the chain is an easy way of maintaining their ...

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How to fit soft luggage

MCN Technical Staff, 30 November 2006 10:06

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 ...

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How to secure your garage against thieves

MCN Technical Staff, 30 November 2006 10:01

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 ...

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How to buy riding kit that fits

MCN Technical Staff, 30 November 2006 09:52

What should I look for when buying gear? When it comes to leather, it will eventually break in to become comfortable. It becomes so because it stretches or the material breaks down from continual wear. So if a pair of gloves are loose in the first place then they can soon become uncomfortable. In the case of helmets, a loose ...

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How to change your sparkplugs

MCN Technical Staff, 30 November 2006 09:41

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 ...

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How to fit a flyscreen

MCN Technical Staff, 29 November 2006 17:12

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 ...

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How to prepare your bike for winter

MCN Technical Staff, 29 November 2006 16:54

Make an early start Winter roads gritting and low temperatures that cause condensation and allow moisture to hang around is a perfect recipe for corrosion. Your bike will constantly be under attack from the elements – unless you mothball it for winter. But that’s too dull to contemplate, so instead fight back. With a little preparation, it’s possible to protect your machine from ...

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How to check & replace brake discs

MCN Technical Staff, 29 November 2006 16:51

My discs look OK, so why check them? Looks can be deceiving. It’s not only high mileage bikes that will suffer from worn or damaged discs – today’s sports bikes can suffer just as badly if regularly used to the limits of their design. Trackdays, for instance, are killers of discs as constant hard braking exaggerates wear and tear, leads ...

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How to keep warm in cold weather

MCN Technical Staff, 29 November 2006 16:44

Wrap up well, ride well Staying warm while riding is important. Cold affects concentration; it also induces tension and inhibits mobility. But if you’re warm and comfy, it’s possible to enjoy year-round riding, whether commuting to work or taking an out-of-season tour. Good vision is equally important, so you’ll need to address the issues of visor misting and crud accumulation. ...

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