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Rookie error: running out of fuel!

Before modern bikes introduced fuel warning lights, fuel gauges and precise computer readouts for fuel consumption and range to empty, running out of fuel was a common occurrence. The bike would momentarily lose power and you would reach down with your left hand and fiddle for the fuel tap to switch it to reserve, then …

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How to lengthen motorcycle chain life

Your motorcycle chain is a vital ingredient in making your bike smooth, quiet and efficient, so to prolong its life, it’s important to perform regular checks and maintenance. French motorcycle lubricant company Motul, distributed in Australia by Link International, sent us a check list and technical details for lubricating your chain. We’ve integrated their comments with our …

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Do you have a conversation with your bike?

Do you have a conversation with your motorcycle, listening for strange mechanical noises and sometimes even talking to your bike (or swearing at it)? It’s not weird. It’s called “mechanical sympathy” and in some ways, that’s what Kawasaki’s future Rideology will achive using a bluetooth system where the rider can talk to their bike and it …

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How movies get motorcycles wrong

The new Mel Gibson movie, Blood Father, is the latest to feature a motorcycle chase and while Hollywood movies usually get motorcycles all wrong, this is pretty real. Mel plays a recovering alcoholic, ex-con and father fighting to keep his wayward daughter alive and, of course, there is a motorcycle chase scene. So many times …

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Fighting dirty fuel in your motorcycle

Is dirty fuel affecting your bike? Just how good is the fuel you are putting in your bike? Is it contaminated, is it the correct octane rating? Who’s checking? What damage could it do to your bike? So many worrying questions.A friend of mine put fuel in his Honda Fireblade at an outer-suburbs service station and …

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What are the lowest motorbike seats?

Want to find the lowest motorcycle seats to suit your height or maybe even the highest seats if you are tall? Now you can with our comprehensive app that lists modern motorcycle seat heights. It allows you to select the height in inches or centimetres and to compare by brand, by a range of heights and by years. …

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Why you should secretly mark your bike

Riders should secretly mark their motorcycle to help identify it should it be stolen and later recovered, according to retired head of the police stolen vehicle unit in London Dr Ken German*.  He has written the following interesting article to highlight his idea of marking your motorcycle: It’s now over 75 years ago that Mr D …

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Top 10 tips for washing your motorcycle

I’d rather be riding my motorcycle than washing it, but after a long weekend of riding, it can be fun bringing it back to showroom quality and a great way to while away a couple of hours in the company of your best friend – your bike. We have updated our popular tips with some from readers. Do you …

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Why do motorcycles have low fuel economy?

Why do most motorcycles have fuel economy no better than many light diesel and even petrol cars despite being a lot lighter and smaller? It’s a question that some riders are posing, while many others simply don’t care; they just twist the wrist and revel in the aural delights of burning fossil fuels! And that’s one …

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