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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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20
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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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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02
Jun 16

Pre-ride Checks for Every Rider


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Did you know that if your bike has a faulty tail light you can find yourself in all kinds of trouble, and that you are responsible for making sure your machine is in a road worthy condition before you hit the road? Claiming you didn’t realise that something was wrong is no defence when it comes to road traffic law. Below are some simple steps you can take to check your bike and make sure it is in good working order before every ride.

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04
Feb 16

Realistic Resolutions for Riders


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What were your New Year’s resolutions – were you giving up smoking, or planning to lose some weight? While these might have been noble and valiant decisions, now that it’s February, and some of them may just have failed, let’s have a rethink. You are much more likely to succeed in your goal if it involves something you love to do, so why not make your motorcycle, and your riding, the target of some resolutions for the upcoming riding season. Read on and find one that suits you.

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19
Nov 15

Motorbike Exhaust Upgrades: What Do They Do?


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The urge to tinker about with things is rooted deeply in the human spirit, and probably has been since the first caveman picked up his first rock, and decided to start chipping away at it until he’d made it into a slightly better rock. The difference, these days, is that we have a wider range of things with which to tinker about, and motorcycles are one of the most rewarding. The thrill of passing your motorbike test and being – effectively – handed the limitless freedom of the open road by Her Majesty’s Government is enhanced greatly by the realisation that you can start making upgrades (or, more accurately, “potentially catastrophic alterations”) to your bike. And the exhaust is a great place to start.

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12
Nov 15

How To Store Your Bike For Winter


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Winter riding is not for everyone; lily-livered milksops, for example, are rarely keen. Riding all year round keeps your skills sharp, and develops those skills in a variety of interesting and challenging weather conditions. It can be expensive at first, as you’ll need to buy cold weather kit including gloves, waterproofs and even electrically heated accessories, but most of these should last more than one season. However, if you live up a mountain in the Scottish highlands, it’s perhaps understandable if three feet of snow starts to put a damper on your enthusiasm for motorcycling. This article is for you; if you need to garage your bike in the depths of winter, read on.

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27
Aug 15

Beware Cheap Motorcycle Parts!


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Think of counterfeit goods in the UK and you probably think of dodgy designer clothes and pirated DVDs. These days though, almost anything can be copied and sold illegally, including motorcycle parts and riding gear. While these might appear to be a bargain, there are some very serious drawbacks.

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30
Jul 15

Summer Security & Seasonal Bike Theft


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Motorcycle thieves are repellent, pox-ridden scumbags, but they do have something in common with normal, decent members of society like you and me. When the temperatures rise and the sun begins to peep through the relentless blanket of miserable grey sludge that we in Britain call “the sky”, they suddenly become excited by the idea of getting on a bike and going somewhere nice. Then they realise they don’t own one, and come round to your house and steal yours.

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14
May 15

Bike Chain Basics


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The wheels on the bike go round and round. However – and in quite stark contrast – the pistons in the bike go up and down. This bizarre state of affairs can only be adequately explained by either (a) supernatural forces or (b) an article on drive trains far more detailed than we have room for here.

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