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Dec 16

How to Repair and Restore Fogged Up Motorbike Headlights


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Over time, the headlights on your motorcycle can become yellowed and foggy. As well as making your machine look old and dirty, a foggy headlight can also present a safety hazard, as it can cut down on how bright your headlight is and reduce your nighttime visibility. Headlights can either become cloudy on the inside or the outside. Luckily, this problem can be quickly fixed. Below is a guide on how to repair a cloudy or yellowed headlight.

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Nov 16

How to Get Back on Your Bike After a Crash


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If you have recently been involved in a motorcycle crash, you are probably feeling a mixture of fear and embarrassment. However, it is extremely important to get back on your machine and out on the road as soon as possible. The longer you leave it, the more your self-confidence could be damaged. Here, we look at some tips which will help you get back in the saddle after a motorcycle crash.

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10
Nov 16

Low on Fuel? Prevention and Cure


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A motorcycle is a machine which has a limited fuel range. It is also a machine which tends to lack a fuel gauge. This combination means that is quite easy to find yourself running on empty. Here’s a guide to what you should do to prevent yourself running out of fuel – and what you should do if it happens.

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03
Nov 16

How to Ride a Bike with a Broken Clutch Cable


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If the clutch cable snaps and leaves you unable to disengage the clutch, you may think you have no other option but to call a tow truck. However, it might just be possible to ride your motorcycle home. Below is a guide to getting a bike home which has a broken clutch cable.

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27
Oct 16

4 Things You Should Check Before Calling For Roadside Recovery


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The chances are, sooner or later you will find yourself at the side of the road with a bike which refuses to run. While you may immediately think of calling the breakdown and recovery chaps, you should carry out a few checks beforehand to ensure that the problem isn’t one that can be quickly and easily fixed. Below is a handy guide to four things you should check before you call for help.

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Oct 16

A Clean Machine: How to Wash Your Bike


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Although you may prefer to ride your motorcycle rather than wash it, after a long weekend on the road, the chances are your machine is covered in dead bugs, mud, grit, salt and other debris. If your bike needs a little love and attention, read on. Below are some top tips which will help you to get your bike sparkling and clean.

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13
Oct 16

How to Load a Motorcycle


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Riding a motorcycle can be a great way to explore the world or commute to work while carrying everything you need. However, by adding weight to your bike, you increase the amount of wear and tear on the tyres, brakes, suspension and drive train. Additional weight can also have an impact on how well your machine can brake, take corners and accelerate. Below are some things you should keep in mind when loading up your bike.

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06
Oct 16

The Top 5 Motorcycle Stunt Riders


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Stunt riding is an exhilarating spectacle that shows the world just how exciting motorbikes can be. Over the years crowds have been by turns thrilled, scared and delighted by the hair-raising tricks of the superstars. Here are a few of the top stunt riders who have kept people on the edge of their seats over the last one hundred years.

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29
Sep 16

How to Handle a Harley


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Once you’ve passed your test, you may well find yourself looking for a bigger bike – like a Harley, maybe? Heavy motorcycles are a law unto themselves, and riding one well requires skill and practice. Riding at slow speeds can be particularly challenging. Here are some top tips for making handling your Harley (or any big, low, heavy bike) a little easier.

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22
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.