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Choosing kit (July 2009)

  • Kit: How to buy motorcycle gloves

    31 July 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Kit: How to buy motorcycle gloves

    You hands are the most vital parts of your body for riding a bike ­ they control your speed, your upper body balance and are unfortunately the first things to hit the deck in a crash on almost every...

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  • How to change your tyres at home

    29 July 2009 by Marc Abbott

    How to change your tyres at home

    Tyre changes are quite easy to do at home if you have the right tools. A purpose-made bead breaker will get the tyre off the rim, and once the rubber is in the 'well' of the wheel, good quality tyre...

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  • The importance of balancing your wheel

    29 July 2009 by Marc Abbott

    The importance of balancing your wheel

    If you've got some harsh vibrations or the steering feels loose or wobbly then your front wheel could be out of balance. Those vibes will stress wheel bearings, make the tyre run hotter and could...

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  • Tyre advice: Running different tyres

    29 July 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Tyre advice: Running different tyres

    Q. I ride a 1997 VFR750, a superb bike. On the front I have a perfect Bridgestone Battlax BT56 with lots of tread left. My question is, can I replace the worn out BT57 with a new Bridgestone Battlax...

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  • Suspension advice: Replacing fork seals

    22 July 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Suspension advice: Replacing fork seals

    The first piece of advice for replacing for seals would be to always get a workshop manual of some description when stripping major components down, if only for the torque settings. Compare and buy...

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  • Tyre advice: Good tyres for light trail use

    22 July 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Tyre advice: Good tyres for light trail use

    Q. I have a 2009 Triumph Tiger 1050, which I am delighted with. I am well aware it is not a full-blown off-road motorcycle, but I would like to improve the grip on light trail use, without sacrificing...

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  • How to adjust sportsbike suspension

    17 July 2009 by Rupert Paul

    How to adjust sportsbike suspension

    “Hell, it’s good enough as it is. Why should I take the chance of messing it up?” Well, here’s a reason: it makes your bike feel nicer. Usually much nicer. And you don’t have to be some knee-dragging...

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  • How to make sure your tyres are legal

    16 July 2009 by Marc Abbott

    How to make sure your tyres are legal

    As well as inflating them correctly, the Law says that the grooves of the tread pattern must have a depth of a least 1mm throughout a continuous band measuring at least three-quarters of the breadth...

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  • Where to go for suspension

    16 July 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Where to go for suspension

    Here's a list of useful contacts in the suspension world. Whether it's set-up advice, work or shock and fork components, these guys are among the country's greatest. Harris Performance, Hertford.

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  • USD versus conventional forks

    16 July 2009 by Marc Abbott

    USD versus conventional forks

    Suspension-wise, given springs and dampers of equal quality, there is no difference between upside-down and conventional forks. But the fork leg is not a suspension unit, it is also a structural...

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  • Fork 'pump down' explained

    10 July 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Fork 'pump down' explained

    Pump down, or packing, occurs when you hit a series of bumps after dialling in too much rebound damping. Because you've over-slowed the rate at which the suspension can return once it's compressed,...

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  • Unsprung weight explained

    10 July 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Unsprung weight explained

    Sprung weight is the mass of those parts supported by the suspension. Unsprung is the rest; wheels, tyres, brakes, chain etc. Changing the unsprung weight has no direct effect on springing (as it's...

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  • How to repair a puncture

    10 July 2009 by Marc Abbott

    How to repair a puncture

    If you need to repair a puncture at the roadside, there are several methods you can use. There are preventative sealants out there that are designed to seal off a puncture as soon as it...

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  • Kit: Buying waterproofs

    03 July 2009 by Rob Hull

    Kit: Buying waterproofs

    There’s three key things to consider when buying waterproofs – they’re completely waterproof (obvious, but there are things to look for), they’ve quick and easy to get on and they’re...

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  • British Standards for puncture repairs

    01 July 2009 by Marc Abbott

    British Standards for puncture repairs

    A British standard exists for motorcycle tyre repairs (BSAU159f), which determines the strength of the repair and where it can and can’t be made in the tyre. Compare and buy motorcycle tyres Being a...

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