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  1. Motorcycle Technology : How do you like yours?

    Motorcycle Technology: How do you like yours?

    When it comes to electronic wizardry on motorcycles the advances in technology in the past decade have been remarkable. But that does not mean to say it is everybody’s cup of tea, especially when it is fitted as standard on the bike you want so there is no option to have it or not, and therefore to pay for it or not.

    Of course there are plenty of bikes out there that are not festooned with this gadget, that system and the other safety override control, but it does limit your choice. The question is, should it be that way, or should we be able to choose what is and isn’t included, especially when it costs. And the price of top range bikes is, in my opinion, now becoming ridiculous, especially when you compare the amount of car you can get for the same money, should that be a desirable option.

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  2. MPW Track Bike: Part 6

    MPW Track Bike: Part 6

    For the story so far see our blog post MPW track bike: Part 5 (parts 1 to 4 revisited):

    PROGRESS?

    The MPW Track Bike Project is now getting the time and attention it deserves and progress is being made. Except that sometimes you need to take two steps back to take one forward……..

    It is one of those things, taking on a project that someone else who is not available to talk to started but did not finish, and when you know nothing about their mechanical aptitude, once you find a problem with one thing, and then another, it makes you want to start from the beginning and check everything that has been worked on before. Just for peace of mind. After all, we are going to be taking this bike around a track or two, and for our own safety as much as anyone else’s you need to have confidence in the bike. And this is good practice for anybody who buys a second-hand bike.

     

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  3. Motorcycle Engine Oil: The Need-To-Knows

    Motorcycle engine oil: The Need-To-Knows

    The oil is the lifeblood of your motorcycle engine and is crucial to both its smooth running and its longevity.

    There are three main types of engine oil, namely mineral, semi-synthetic, and fully synthetic. Each type is available in many different grades, such as 10W-40 and 20W-50, and there are industry standards, such as API and JASO, that the oils must be manufactured to. Manufacturers put all the relevant information on the type, grade, and standard on the oil container label.

    It is essential that you use the correct engine oil as specified by the motorbike manufacturer, even if it seems expensive. Basing your decision on which oil to use by price alone is risky and can lead to serious engine damage and costly repairs.

    Oil wears out both with use and over time, even if the b

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  4. The Motorcycle MOT Test: What you need to know - Part One

    The Motorcycle MOT Test: What you need to know - Part One

    The MOT test concentrates on legal, environmental and safety issues. A valid MOT certificate is a legal requirement for all motorcycles that are three or more years old and used on the road, with the exception of those that are more than 40 years old and to which no substantial changes have been made in the last 30 years. The certificate is valid for one year. A test taken up to 1 month in advance of the current MOT expiry date will keep the same expiry date. A test taken more than 1 month in advance of the current MOT expiry date will be given a new expiry date one year from the date the test is passed.

    Here in part one of our two-part feature on the MOT test we explain how defects are categorised, what those categories mean, and how modifi

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  5. The Motorcycle MOT Test: What you need to know - Part Two

    THE MOTORCYCLE MOT TEST: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW – PART TWO

     

    The MOT test concentrates on legal, environmental and safety issues. A valid MOT certificate is a legal requirement for all motorcycles that are three or more years old and used on the road, with the exception of those that are more than 40 years old and to which no substantial changes have been made in the last 30 years. The certificate is valid for one year. A test taken up to 1 month in advance of the current MOT expiry date will keep the same expiry date. A test taken more than 1 month in advance of the current MOT expiry date will be given a new expiry date one year from the date the test is passed.

     

    In part one of our two-part feature on the MOT test we explain how defects are categorised, what those categories mean, and how modified and crashed/damaged/rep

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  6. MPW Track Bike: Part 5

    The MPW track bike was born way back in the autumn of 2017, with the intention of it being a winter project that would come to fruition in the spring of 2018, ready to be hurtled around a few tracks and to accompany us to shows and events.

     

    The reality is that although things started well, they did not continue well. The good thing is that I am not finishing that sentence with ‘did not end well either, and the intention now is to get things going again from where we left off.

     

    The story so far (parts 1 to 4 revisited):

     

    The Donor Bike:

    The bike is a 2006 GSX-R600 K6, a fine example of the many highly capable sports bikes coming out of Japan around that time. When new, it created 106bhp and 59Nm of torque at t

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  7. Motorcycle Coolant: The Need-To-Knows

    What is motorcycle coolant and why does your bike need it? We go through everything you need to know about this vital motorcycle fluid and how to choose a coolant for your ride.

    Air-cooled engines used to be the norm on bikes in days gone by and generally worked very well, as the engine was exposed and was, therefore, cooled as you rode. Cooling fins around the cylinder head and block helped to disperse the heat and give exposure to the air over a large surface area. 

    But maintaining an even running temperature is ideal, and all the time we have climates, seasons and traffic congestion, along with the increased use of fairings and other bodywork, an air-cooled engine will never do that as well as a liquid-cooled one. In the strive to improve things, liquid-cooled engines have now become the norm.

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  8. 25 Weird And Wonderful Facts About Motorcycles

    This week, we thought we'd go on the search for some weird and wonderful facts about motorcycles. Here's what we found... Enjoy!

     

    1. Early Honda

    Honda started up in 1946 as a manufacturer of bicycles fitted with two-stroke 50cc generator engines originally designed to be used with army field telephones. The first Honda motorcycles ran on turpentine due to petrol shortages after WWII. 15 years later they were the world’s largest manufacturer of motorcycles. In 1992 they came up with a 750cc engine that had oval pistons, twin connecting rods and eight valves per cylinder. Today they manufacture cars, engines, robots, aircraft, power equipment, ATV’s, mountain bikes, and of course motorcycles.

     

    2. Rise of Kawasaki

    Kawasaki started up in 1878 in the shipbuilding industry. They made

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  9. Motorcycle Track Days – What Gear Do I Need?

    To follow up on our Beginner’s Guide to Motorcycle Track Days, and in anticipation of us getting back to working on and hopefully soon launching our own MPW Track Bike, it seems appropriate to provide some advice on what you need to wear while out on the track.

     

    The first thing to note is that not all tracks have the same requirements, and so you must check in advance with the particular track you will be attending. If their requirements are less strict than those of another track that you might also visit, gear up according to the requirements of the strictest track. From a safety point of view, there is one simple piece of good advice that applies to all your kit – buy the best that you can afford

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  10. Best Aftermarket Motorcycle Exhaust Brands

    Serious riders will look to invest in an aftermarket motorcycle exhaust as soon as possible, rather than keep the mass-produced, factory-made one the bike comes with.

    However, buying an aftermarket exhaust is not a decision to be made in a rush. Whether it’s a slip-on end can or a full system, there are a number of brands to choose from.

    Below are 10 of the best aftermarket motorcycle exhaust brands available right now, and some good reasons you should choose one.

     

    Yoshimura

    Yoshimura

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