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Shinko 705 Adventure Touring Tyres tested

Shinko tyres review by tyre expert Dale Schmidtchen The standard tyres on our long-term review CFMoto 650 MT have been my only real complaint about the hardy bike which is now coming up to 4000km. It came fitted with Chinese-made Cheng Shin Tire (CST) Adreno radials which worked well on dry sealed roads, but were …

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Norshire Mini is smallest tyre inflator

Norshire Mini is smallest tyre inflator

Many adventure riders and tourers carry a tyre inflator in case of a flat, but they can be heavy and bulky. The Norshire Mini tyre inflator is no bigger than a torch and is claimed to be the world’s smallest, making it ideal to carry on your bike. The aluminium cylinder measures only 208mm in …

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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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Dealing with unexpected motorcycle repairs

Dealing with unexpected motorcycle repairs

(Sponsored post) Unexpected repairs are the bane of a motorcyclist’s life. No, we’re not talking about changing your tyres or brakes. Those are maintenance costs that you should have planned for. What we’re talking about here is when your chain snaps or you find out that rust has formed on the inside of your old …

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air hoses tyre pressure gauge accurate

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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Battlax Adventurecross AX41

Bridgestone Battlax tyres get dirtier

Bridgestone’s new Battlax Adventurecross AX41 tyres have arrived in Australia to get adventure riders dirtier, taking them further off the beaten track. The problem with making an adventure tyre more aggressive is that it usually compromises on-road stability and shortens the life of the tyre. The biggest destroyers of adventure tyres are the braking and …

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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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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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