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How to prepare your bike for a trackday

MCN Technical Staff, 30 November 2006 14:03

Why bother? As road riders we are quick to learn our limits. Road furniture (eg telegraph poles, hedges etc), other road users and the law help curb our enthusiasm for riding fast. But on an open track, where there is no oncoming traffic or imposed speed limit, your bike can be ridden faster and harder. That’s all great for improving ...

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How to prepare for your first trackday

MCN Technical Staff, 30 November 2006 13:55

Trackdays are just for nutters and racers, aren’t they? Yes, and no. Trackdays are popular with the racing fraternity because race practice is very limited – how and where else can a racer set up their bike? You have to remember that even the quickest rider had their first trackday and, like you, were probably nervous. But don’t forget to ...

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How to keep your licence spotless

MCN Technical Staff, 30 November 2006 13:00

How can I be spared? Remember this if you’re stopped by a copper: he may just want to offer some words of advice. A hostile response could turn this into a ticket or court appearance, or at best, a Vehicle Defect Rectification Notice (VDRN) and a ‘producer’, which means the inconvenience of producing your documents later at a police station. ...

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How to ride in the dark

MCN Technical Staff, 29 November 2006 17:18

The twilight zone As the evenings draw in, we have no choice but to spend more time riding in the dark. And as daylight turns to the black of night, all motorcyclists face new challenges – most not seen until the last moment. The onset of twilight mars vision, Even on full beam, the headlight seems to give no extra ...

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How to ride safely in the wet

MCN Technical Staff, 29 November 2006 17:05

Why would I want to ride in the wet? Because it can improve your skills in the dry – and because whether you like it or not, even the sunniest weather can change for the worse when you’re miles from home. Wet roads require a greater level of skill to deal with than dry roads – and any lack of ...

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How to ride with a pillion

MCN Technical Staff, 29 November 2006 15:19

First things first How many times have you seen a pillion wearing some shonky old lid and casual clothing while the rider is dressed in top-of-the-range safety gear? There’s no reason to treat your pillion’s health and comfort any less seriously than your own so make sure they’re kitted out with a decent, good-fitting helmet and proper protective gear. The ...

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