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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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Best implement for washing your bike

Best implement for washing your bike

After a long ride on some dusty roads over the weekend it’s time to give the bike a thorough washing in all the nooks and crannies, so I always reach for my favourite implement. It’s not a sponge or chamois, but a soft, long-bristle brush like from a normal household dustpan and broom set. You …

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Do you name your motorbikes?

Do you have a name for your motorbike or refer to it as a male or female? You are not alone! I’ve never named a bike, probably because I’ve never held on to them for anything more than a couple of years. Had I named any of my bikes, I might not have been so …

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5 factors affecting motorcycle resale value

Motorbike owners believe their bikes are simply treasures, but when it comes time to upgrade and sell, your bike’s resale value may be viewed a little differently by others. The resale value for your bike is affected by a number of factors, some of which you can control and others you can’t. Age of your bike …

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How often should you change your oil?

Motorcycle manufacturers are extending service intervals in a bid to woo customers looking for cheaper maintenance, but should you change your oil more frequently? Some service intervals are now as high as 15,000km. But does your motorcycle engine oil really last that long? Meticulous owners still change their oils more regularly than required in the owner’s …

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Motorcycle Horn

Are you using your horn enough?

Your motorcycle horn is there for a reason, but are you using it enough, too much, is it loud enough or too loud? How often do you use your motorcycle horn? Do you even remember the last time you used it? Standard motorcycle horns are usually puny and tinny sounding, nothing like what you would …

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Tyre noise more nuisance than exhaust

Loud motorcycle exhausts are not causing as much noise pollution as tyre noise from large volumes of traffic. That’s according to a World Health Organisation report that found traffic-related noise pollution accounts for over one million “healthy years” lost annually to ill health, disability or early death in Europe. The report says one of the biggest …

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5 ways to improve motorcycle fuel economy

One of the many reasons people choose a motorcycle for their daily commute is its inherent fuel economy. A modern 250cc motorcycle will get you around 2.8L/100km (85mpg), and there’s not a car on the planet that can match that kind of economy. So, why not try to maximise the fuel economy of your bike to …

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2017 Harley-Davidson Touring models get the 107 Milwaukee Eight engine Road King air-cooled

Is a bigger engine always better?

They say there is no replacement for displacement, but a recent ride on a couple of bigger Harley-Davidson models made me think otherwise. Like most motorcycle manufacturers, Harley updates their bikes by making bigger and more powerful engines. The latest update is the Milwaukee Eight 107-cube (1753cc) up from the 103 (1687cc) engine. I’ve ridden …

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