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25
Oct 18

Great Scooters: 125cc Edition


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125cc machines are still the biggest capacity that new drivers on L-plates are legally allowed to ride on roads in the United Kingdom (providing that the Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) has been completed), which is the main reason for the enduring popularity of the 125cc class.

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19
Jul 18

How to Pick a Great Used Motorcycle


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When you are looking to buy a used motorcycle, particularly as a new rider, the first thing you need to do is make a decision as to precisely what you will use the vehicle for. For example, if all you need is a small scooter in order to get through city traffic as you go to work and back every day, then it would be a rather foolish move to buy a 2000cc Kawasaki Vulcan that is the size of a car.

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12
Apr 18

Picking a Good Used Motorbike


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Motorcycles are a luxury as far as the great majority of people are concerned, and even those who view them as a necessary part of their lifestyle still need to be concerned about budget for the most part. This means that it is vital that anyone who is looking for a used motorbike will be aware of what to look for, and what to avoid in order to ensure they end up paying for a good quality machine. There are a number of tips that buyers can follow to make certain of this.

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08
Mar 18

How to Choose a Motorcycle Helmet


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The most fragile yet complex organ in the whole of the human body is the brain, which means that motorcycle riders need to make sure they invest in the most appropriate, well-fitting and safest helmet they can find. But what should motorcycle riders look for when searching for a helmet?

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10
Aug 17

Buying a Motorcycle Helmet: Shape, Size and Fit


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Your motorcycle helmet is one of the most important pieces of kit you’ll buy. If things go wrong and you are involved in an accident, your helmet is the thing that will probably save your life. However, motorcycle helmets will only do the job they are designed to do if they fit properly. Below is a guide which will help you to choose a motorcycle helmet which is the correct shape and size for your head.

The Shape

Motorcycle helmets are manufactured to fit three head shapes. These head shapes are:

  • Long oval
  • Intermediate oval
  • Round oval

The long oval helmet is designed for a head in which the distance between the forehead and the back of the skull is longer than the width of the face, ear-to-ear. The intermediate oval helmet is the most commonly used type of helmet. This helmet is designed for the typical human skull in which the distance between the forehead and the back of the skull is only slightly longer than the distance ear-to-ear. The round, oval helmet is designed for heads on which the length between the forehead and the back of the skull is almost equal to the distance ear-to-ear.

The easiest way to establish your head shape is to try on a range of helmets! You will soon find which helmet shape offers the best fit.

The Size

Helmets come in a range of sizes. To make sure you get one that fits you correctly, you will need to measure your head. To do this, you should use a vinyl tailor’s tape which will be flexible enough to wrap around your skull.

Start by wrapping the tape around your head at a point which is just above your ears and eyebrows. This will give you your forehead measurement. You should compare the measurement you have taken to a helmet size chart for the helmet you are interested in buying. Be warned – each helmet manufacturer produces their own chart for their brand, so you need to make sure you are using the right chart for the right helmet. Once you have identified the right shape and size of helmet, then you need to test how the helmet fits on your head.

The Fit

When you first try on a helmet, do not be surprised if it feels a little tight. New helmets require “breaking in”, and as time passes, the interior of the helmet will change shape slightly to fit your head perfectly. You should make sure that the helmet is not putting pressure on any specific areas of your head and that it does not restrict your movement. A helmet which fits well should sit evenly on your head and offer excellent peripheral vision. A good test is to try to slip your finger between your head and the interior of the helmet, if it is easy to slide your finger in, the helmet is too large.

Once you have found a helmet which is the correct size, shape and fit, you can purchase it and hit the road. Getting the wrong sized or shaped helmet could cause you discomfort when out riding, and could place your life at risk.


06
Jul 17

How to Break in Your New Motorcycle


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If you have recently purchased a new motorcycle which has come straight from the manufacturer, you will probably be quite keen to hit the streets. However, it is important that you take steps to break in your new machine during the first 500 to 1000 miles on the road. Breaking in your bike can help to protect the engine, increase performance and improve your motorcycle’s fuel efficiency. Below is a guide to the actions you should take to break in a new motorcycle.

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30
Jun 16

Top Tips For Buying a Bike at Auction


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Buying a motorbike at auction can be a fantastic and fun way to get yourself a great bargain. However, if you haven’t taken part in a motorcycle auction before, you may not be aware of some of the pitfalls you need to look out for. Below are some top tips for buying a new machine this way.

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23
Jun 16

Buying Your First Bike? Consider These Hidden Costs


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If you have been saving up for months in order to get your hands on your dream machine, you might be just about ready to part with a fistful of cash so you can get a fistful of throttle. Before you do take the plunge, you should take a moment to consider the hidden expenses that come with owning a motorcycle to make sure you have everything covered.

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07
Apr 16

‘Commuter’ Bike Sales Hit Record Level


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Figures released by the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) show that 2015 was a bumper year for the sale of scooters and smaller ‘commuter’ sized motorcycles. During last year more than 43,700 bikes and scooters between 101-125cc were sold. After a dramatic fall in new registrations after the 2008 financial crash, total registrations for motorcycles of all capacities hit 114,160 in 2015, an increase of 10% on the previous year.

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25
Feb 16

What’s The Latest About Electric Motorbikes & Scooters?


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First came the electric car – and in some areas, they are doing very well, although much depends on how many charge points there are in the particular town in which you live. It is also the case that electric motorbikes are more expensive to produce, and therefore can cost the buyer £2,000 more than a regular scooter or motorbike. While electric cars are doing better than expected, particularly for town drivers or drivers who don’t do many long distance journeys, electric motorbikes and scooters are not so popular. In fact, the take up has been much lower than expected, so much so that the government is offering £1,500 bonuses to anyone purchasing an electric version of our favourite mode of transport.

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