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Sep 16

3 Things to Consider Before Giving Up Your Car and Going Bike Only


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If you’re someone who only rides at weekends, you have probably daydreamed about giving up your car and going bike only. However, before you make the leap from four wheels to two, there are a few things you should consider…

You Will Need to Invest in New Gear

When you only ride at weekends you can pick and choose which weather conditions you wish to brave. However, once you have to rely on your bike to get you everywhere in every kind of weather, you are going to face all imaginable conditions, from baking hot sun to freezing cold rain. This means that you will probably need to invest in some new gear to help you cope. You can choose to buy multiple sets of gear, so you have a set of winter gear, summer gear and rain gear – although this could prove to be expensive. A cheaper option is to invest in smaller bits of kit to supplement your existing gear, such as a water-resistant over-suit for rainy conditions, and heated liners for cold weather

You Will Need Additional Storage Space

If your bike is your only means of transport, it is going to need some additional storage space. Not only will you want to carry spare tools, rain gear and bungee cords, you will probably also want some space for your grocery shopping. While investing in a backpack might seem like an easy solution, it is unlikely to have the capacity you need. If you do buy one that has sufficient room, it is likely that its size will make it uncomfortable to use, and wear. There are however a range of options when it comes to adding additional storage space. Racks will allow you to easily transport boxes, tank bags allow easy storage and access. Tail packs are another option that provide even more space.

It Won’t Always Be Exciting

When you first imagine living your life on two wheels, it is likely the image is one that involves a leather jacket, boots and a clear road that your bike can roar down towards the sunset and freedom. However, when you have to leave for work at 6am on a cold November morning to crawl through traffic on the M25 for the hundredth time, the chances are it won’t quite be as exciting! Sooner or later the novelty of going bike only is going to give way to reality. You will probably end up wearing some highly functional gear which doesn’t make you look very cool, and your bike will probably end up covered in bungee cords and saddle bags. While this isn’t very sexy, it will protect you and your stuff when you ride your bike day in and day out.

Ditching your car can be a great step to fully embracing the world of motorcycling. However, it is important that you are aware of what to expect. If any of the above doesn’t appeal to you, it may be best to keep your car for day-to-day use and to ride at the weekend.


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Sep 16

Simple Exercises To Improve Your Riding


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You don’t need to be super fit in order to ride a motorcycle. As long as you can give the throttle a twist, operate the controls and stay alert, you can hit the road and ride. However, riding a motorcycle is still a physical activity, which means the better shape you are in, the easier and more enjoyable it will be to ride your machine. Below are some exercises you can do which will help to make you a better rider.

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08
Sep 16

How to Flush Your Motorcycle’s Brakes


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Most young riders quickly become aware that the ability to perform some basic maintenance tasks on your bike can save you a lot of money. When carrying out maintenance work on your motorcycle however, it is easy to overlook your brake fluid. Flushing and bleeding your brake fluid can help to relieve some of the friction which is placed on the calipers and master cylinder. This will result in a more responsive and smooth braking action which will boost your confidence when out on the road. Flushing your brakes is a straightforward process which can be carried out using everyday tools. Below is a step by step guide to flushing the brake fluid from your machine.

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01
Sep 16

What Impact Will Brexit Have on British Bikers?


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So, the country has voted to leave the EU. This means that potentially, UK motorcyclists could be facing significant changes to regulations around sale, ownership and travelling with their vehicles. Here are a few possibilities.

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Aug 16

How to Take a Hairpin Bend


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If you don’t have much experience of dealing with them, hairpin bends can cause a lot of anxiety. However, riding out into the countryside and snaking down the side of a mountain can provide some of the most exhilarating riding experiences. Below are some top tips on how to negotiate a hairpin.

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18
Aug 16

How to Deal with Road Rage


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Unfortunately, most motorcyclists will have experienced rude, inconsiderate, aggressive and dangerous road users. In situations like this it is easy for things to boil over into a road rage situation. Because riding a motorcycle makes you more vulnerable compared to car drivers, bikers often come off second best in a road rage incident. For this reason it is important that you understand what to do when confronted by road rage.

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11
Aug 16

6 Fantastic Motorcycle Routes in the USA


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If you are planning on heading out across the pond and taking a ride on the roads of the USA, take a look at our guide to the 6 best routes across America to ensure you have an unforgettable journey.

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04
Aug 16

5 Bad Habits Bikers Need to Avoid


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Pretty much everyone has a few bad habits. The trick is to recognise when they’re developing – especially if they’re developing while you’re riding a motorcycle – and put a stop to them. Let’s look at five common bad biking habits.

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Jul 16

How to Ride as Part of a Group


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While most of your motorcycle riding will be a solo affair, if you join a motorcycle club or have a bunch of biker friends, there will be times when you will want to ride as part of a group. Group riding differs from solo riding, so it is important you know how best to approach it. Below are some tips for riding in groups.

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Jul 16

The Dos and Don’ts of Motorcycle Emergency Braking


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Knowing how to stop in an emergency is a key skill. While it is one you hope you never have to use, in some situations, such as when a car suddenly pulls out into your path, it is the only course of action. Below are some dos and don’ts to remember when you have to carry out an emergency stop on a motorcycle.

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