Triumph Scrambler out of fuel breakdown

How to avoid a motorbike breakdown

While modern motorcycles are much more reliable than they used to be, you can still be inconvenienced by a breakdown. And when you have a motorcycle breakdown, it is not always easy to get back on the road. In a car, you can carry emergency gear that can get you going again. However, not all …

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How to remove motorcycle stickers

How to remove motorcycle stickers

Does your motorcycle have warning stickers or decals on the fuel tank advising you to read the manual, never ride drunk, always wear a helmet or use premium fuel? Many riders believe these decals are meant to be retained or are lacquered over and can’t be removed. However, they are only warning stickers and are …

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Import your own motorcycle from 2018

Motorcycle importing changes in 2018

Importing a motorcycle for your own use will be a little easier from next year, although the exchange rate and last-minute changes to the rules could dampen your enthusiasm. Last year the Federal Government changed the personal importing rules. Riders will be able to import a new motorcycle or other vehicle from January 1 without having …

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fuel gauges

How accurate are motorcycle fuel gauges?

Why are some fuel gauges and fuel-range indicators sometimes so inaccurate they leave riders stranded with an empty tank far from a service station? In fact, often the more hi-tech, sophisticated and expensive machinery can have the most fickle fuel gauges. Common errors The most common error is that the fuel gauge and/or range-to-empty indicator …

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Phil Wood Photograph

How to photograph your motorcycle

Riders love to photograph their travels and their motorcycle and share them on social media, but so many of the photos really don’t do justice to the location or bike. So we asked long-time rider and photographer Phil Wood for his tips. Your motorbike Make sure you give your bike some TLC before you head …

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jake Dolan racer and learner rider at AMA training business Faith restored in QRide system first bike beginner

What is the best beginner motorbike?

The best beginner motorbike is whatever turns you on and keeps you riding. The actual model and make can vary substantially among riders. Buy the bike that kickstarts your heart. The bike that you look good riding on. The bike that will get you some attention from your colleagues and love interests. We would hate …

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Miserly guide to motorcycles

Miserly guide to buying a motorbike

Most riders buy a motorbike out of passion, but some pragmatic, miserly riders want something cheap to maintain for commuting purposes. However, even practical people looking for cheap commuting should be aware of the hidden costs of motorcycles. Yes, they are cheap on fuel, parking and tolls, but there are some major costs involved in …

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10 facts that defend motorcycles

How many times have you had to defend motorcycling when a non-rider has attacked them as dangerous, noisy and smelly? They tell you to grow up or suggest you catch a bus or take up cycling instead. You feel like thumping them, but instead you defend your pastime by offering to take them for a …

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Best implement for washing your bike

Top tips for detailing your motorbike

Why spend hundreds of dollars detailing your bike when you can take on this labor of love yourself? Washing your own bike can be a rewarding experience and when it’s all said and done, at least you know the job has been done the right way. Spend a few bucks on some cleaning materials from …

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Why are motorcycles getting hotter?

Modern motorcycles are getting hotter and hotter which is not only an issue for rider comfort but also for reliability and performance. But there are things you can do to fix the problem. The reason modern motorcycles are getting hotter is the increasingly stringent emission rules. Most manufacturers are reaching emissions targets with water-cooled engines …

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