New rider (May 2010)

  • Differences between bike and car engines

    28 May 2010 by MCN

    Differences between bike and car engines

    If you have come from the four-wheeled world it is easy to forget that motorcycle engines need more care and attention than car engines as they rev a lot higher with much greater power to capacity...

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  • How to help your pillion

    28 May 2010 by MCN

    How to help your pillion

    We all know how fantastic bikes are to ride, with their power, cornering and acceleration, but novice pillions need to be introduced gently to those powerful physical sensations if they aren’t to be...

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  • Adjusting to the bike riding experience

    21 May 2010 by MCN

    Adjusting to the bike riding experience

    If you are coming from four wheels to two for the first time, the differences can seem daunting. Cars deliver their responses to you through a myriad of different systems that use complicated...

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  • Fizing a seized lock

    21 May 2010 by MCN

    Turning the ignition on with your bike’s key should be such a simple action that will have you winging down the road in seconds. But what do you do if the key won’t turn? You don’t dare force it for fear of it snapping off in the lock, but you really, really need to get going NOW. You may need to add some lubrication, and a good lube is pencil lead. Rub the graphite up and down the key several...

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  • Remember to SORN your bike

    21 May 2010 by MCN

    Remember to SORN your bike

    These days there is more and more paperwork attached to owning a bike whether it's on the road or not. If you do decide to take your bike off the road you have to register it as off the road with the...

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  • How to clean your bike

    14 May 2010 by MCN

    How to clean your bike

    It’s Sunday morning. You were due to go for a ride, but the weather’s naff and you’ve got a hangover. So what are you going to do to spend some quality time with your baby? Clean the thing. Most of...

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  • Shaft-drive bikes vs chain-driven bikes

    07 May 2010 by MCN

    Shaft-drive bikes vs chain-driven bikes

    What are the advantages and disadvantages of shaft-drive bikes and chain-driven bikes? The major benefits of shaft-drive are lower maintenance and running costs, and cleanliness. Chain-drive bikes...

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  • Steering dampers can help on bumpy roads

    07 May 2010 by MCN

    Steering dampers can help on bumpy roads

    Bikes are designed to have very different handling characteristics, from slow, lazy steering and high stability on customs and out-and-out tourers, to fast steering, agile sports bikes. Those sports...

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