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Tyres top reasons for bike callouts

Three out of every five callouts for broken-down motorcycles are for tyre problems, says National Motorcycle Alliance not-for-profit roadside assistance service. Alliance GM Dave Cooke says 62% of callouts last year were for tyre problems and the second biggest reason was flat batteries, a problem that recently even sidelined Bruce Springsteen. “Biggest tips for riders …

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Ex-thief advises on securing your bike

Ex-thief advises on securing your bike

A reformed bike thief from London, which has experienced a 44% increase in theft in the past two years, says a basic owner mistake is not chaining their bike to something solid. “When I was stealing bikes, the first step I would take would be to find one that wasn’t chained to anything sturdy, so …

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Import your own motorcycle from 2018

Import your own motorcycle from 2018

Riders will be able to import a new motorcycle or other vehicle from 2018 without having to deal with a dealer so long as the model is not already imported into Australia. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has warned that the Federal Government move will take out the “buyer beware” sentiment, leaving motorists exposed …

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Queensland Imports

How to import a motorcycle

It sounds like a bargain to import a motorcycle from overseas where they may be cheaper, but there are also pitfalls for riders. Bruce Hartwig, consultant to Queensland Imports, which is one of about 14 federally registered workshops for complying imported used vehicles, says the easiest and cheapest motorcycles to import and comply are in …

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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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Motul Chain

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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mechanical sympathy

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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Seats heights

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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