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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 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 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 choose and fit a rear hugger

MCN Technical Staff, 29 November 2006 16:35

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 ...

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How to balance your wheels

MCN Technical Staff, 29 November 2006 16:32

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 ...

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How to pass your MoT

MCN Technical Staff, 29 November 2006 16:12

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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