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How wide are your chicken strips?

Chicken strips can be one of the biggest causes of embarrassment for riders and may even be a safety risk. In case you’ve been riding in a vacuum, “chicken strips” is a term for the shiny, unused part of a motorcycle tyre’s tread. They signify that the rider hasn’t leaned the bike over very far …

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Buying Tires for a Motorcycle

(Sponsored post for our North American readers) The motorcycle is a fast and effective means of transport. It can take you anywhere when vehicles are stuck in traffic. Statistics show that in some countries people prefer bikes to cars. The reason is simple – they are convenient and cheaper. As motorcycles are two-wheeled vehicles, it …

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Which air hoses are the most accurate?

If you are precious about your motorcycle tyre pressures, you should carry an accurate portable pressure gauge as many service station air hoses are damaged or inaccurate. That’s because they are often abused by motorists. Modern flexible air hoses with the digital pressure display on a separate fixed post are more accurate and less likely …

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Michelin Anakee Adventure tyres arrive

Michelin Anakee Adventure tyres have now arrived in Australia with more sizes arriving in May. The tyres, unveiled at the EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan in November, are designed for riders who do about 80% tarmac touring and about 20% dirt riding. Michelin Australia has now announced the sizes and pricing: Rear: 170/60 R 17 M/C …

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Michelin Anakee Adventure tyres

Michelin Anakee Adventure tyres

French tyre company Michelin has made a new Anakee Adventure tyre specifically for those riders who don’t like as much adventure as they do touring. The new Michelin Anakee Adventure will be unveiled at the EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan this week (November 6-11). It will be available in Australia from January. It has been …

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Riders flirting with tyre dangers, survey

An alarming number of Australian riders are flirting with danger by riding on illegal, worn and incorrectly inflated tyres, according to an Australian survey. The Canstar Blue customer satisfaction survey of more than 350 riders reveals some startling findings about rider attitudes to their motorcycle tyres. Flirting with danger Almost half of Aussie motorcycle riders have …

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How motorcycle tyres are made (Pt 2)

Do you know what the codes on the sides of your tyres mean, what sort of tyres you are riding on and how they are made? Motorcycle industry veteran Dale Schmidtchen takes a look at the construction of your motorcycle tyres in part two of a two-part insight into tyres. Click here for part 1 …

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What are your motorcycle tyres made of? (Pt 1)

Have you ever wondered what your motorcycle tyres are made of, why they are black and shiny and whether scrubbing off the shine and warming up the tyres improves grip? Motorcycle industry veteran Dale Schmidtchen takes a look at tyre compounds and answers these questions in part one of a two-part insight into tyres. Click …

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Mitas Sport Force+ motorcycle tyres tested

Mitas is a well-known brand of motorcycle tyre among off-road riders, but is not so well known as a high-performance road tyre company. So when motorcycle industry veteran Dale Schmidtchen needed new tyres for his Kawasaki ZR-7, he was at first reticent about fitting Mitas Sport Force+ tyres to his bike. Here is his first-impression …

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Puncture-proof motorcycle tyres coming?

Cyclists have had puncture-proof tyres for ages, but we are still to get puncture-proof motorcycle tyres in Australia. There are two varieties that we have heard of: American-made RhinoTire tyre sealant and Indian-made CEAT tyres. RhinoTire technology from the USA is a quick-sealing polymer RhinoPlex gel inside a tyre, which will instantly seal any puncture or incision …

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