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  1. Motorcycle Tyres: The Need-To-Knows - Part Three

    Motorcycle Tyres: The Need-To-Knows – part three

    When you consider the amount of work motorcycle tyres do and the responsibility they have, you may wonder how they cope. The material they are made of provides the grip that allows you to lay down large amounts of power and torque, lean over at extreme angles at speed, and stop safely with the brakes applied hard. That grip is the difference between pleasure and pain and needs to work well in a whole variety of conditions.

    Without good tyres the abilities of the engine, suspension and brakes are irrelevant. Tyres are massively important, and thankfully a lot of them are good, really good, especially when you consider how much of each one is actually in contact with the road. Makes you wonder – how do they cop

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  2. The Ace Cafe Brighton Burn Up

    A RUN TO THE BEACH

    Every year, bugs permitting, Brighton hosts the annual Ace Cafe Rockers Reunion run, which thankfully goes ahead as planned on Sunday 5th September. The run, widely known as the Brighton Burn Up, starts at the Ace café on London’s North Circular and finishes next to the beach on Madeira drive in Brighton. The run has a reputation for good weather and this year was no exception, with bright sunshine, temperatures towards the mid-twenties, and enough humidity to make leathers and boots a bit uncomfortable.

    The focus of the event is on the Café Racer motorcycles of the mid-fifties to the mid-sixties, such an iconic part of British motorcycling history, and on the Rock ‘n’ Roll that goes so well with them. Traditionally Rockers would ride to the coast on b

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  3. Motorcycle Tyres: The Need-To-Knows - Part Two

    Motorcycle Tyres: The Need-To-Knows – Part Two

    When you consider the amount of work motorcycle tyres do and the responsibility they have, you may wonder how they cope. The material they are made of provides the grip that allows you to lay down large amounts of power and torque, lean over at extreme angles at speed, and stop safely with the brakes applied hard. That grip is the difference between pleasure and pain and needs to work well in a whole variety of conditions.

    Without good tyres the abilities of the engine, suspension and brakes are irrelevant. Tyres are massively important, and thankfully a lot of them are good, really good, especially when you consider how much of each one is actually in contact with the road. Makes you wonder – how do they cop

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  4. Motorcycle Tyres: The Need-To-Knows - Part One

    Motorcycle Tyres: The Need-To-Knows – Part One

    When you consider the amount of work motorcycle tyres do and the responsibility they have, you may wonder how they cope. The material they are made of provides the grip that allows you to lay down large amounts of power and torque, lean over at extreme angles at speed, and stop safely with the brakes applied hard. That grip is the difference between pleasure and pain and needs to work well in a whole variety of conditions.

    Without good tyres the abilities of the engine, suspension and brakes are irrelevant. Tyres are massively important, and thankfully a lot of them are good, really good, especially when you consider how much of each one is actually in contact with the road. Makes you wonder – how do they cope

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  5. Demise and Rise - UK Roads and Adventure Bikes

    Demise and Rise - UK roads and Adventure bikes

     

    The ‘Adventure’ motorcycle has become increasingly popular in the last ten to fifteen years and is now well established as one of the leading and most fashionable types of motorbike to own. Many link this rise in popularity with the exploits of Ewan and Charlie on their long way up, down and around-the-world travels. In contrast the once dominant sports bike sector has taken a bit of a hit.

    But I think the rise of the Adventure bike sector is coincidental not only with the exploits of Ewan and co, but also with the demise, or should I say disintegration, of UK roads. It does vary according to where you live, but around here in the southeast of England, supposedly a wealthier part of the country, the state of the roads is, to be honest, appalling. And I believe this has just as much to d

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  6. Fuel and Oil Additives: The Need-To-Knows - Part Two

    AFTERMARKET FUEL AND OIL ADDITIVES:

     

    Such is the marketing hype that goes with many of these products you may be led to believe that the use of fuel and oil additives can transform a rattly high mileage old motorcycle that has been starved of decent fuel and regular oil changes into a liquid smooth rocket capable of breaking land speed records in silence.

     

    Of course, unfortunately, this is not the case. But that does not mean the judicial use of some products in some engines will not bring some benefits, even though at a cost to your wallet. It is just that you should not believe everything you read and should select carefully which products you use and when, and without the expectation, as some makers claim, that they can repair worn components. They may contain some clever chemicals but they do not contain spanner-wielding nanobots.

     

    In this post we deal specifically with oil additives. Rev

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  7. Fuel and Oil Additives: The Need-To-Knows - Part One

    AFTERMARKET FUEL AND OIL ADDITIVES:

     

    Such is the marketing hype that goes with many of these products you may be led to believe that the use of fuel and oil additives can transform a rattly high mileage old motorcycle that has been starved of decent fuel and regular oil changes into a liquid smooth rocket capable of breaking land speed records in silence.

     

    Of course, unfortunately, this is not the case. But that does not mean the judicial use of some products in some engines will not bring some benefits, even though at a cost to your wallet. It is just that you should not believe everything you read and should select carefully which products you use and when, and without the expectation, as some makers claim, that they can repair worn components. They may contain some clever chemicals but they do not contain spanner-wielding nanobots.

     

    In this post we deal specifically with fuel additives. Ke

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  8. Motorcycles and Ergonomics: What it means to you

    Motorcycles and Ergonomics: What it means to you

    A sports bike overtakes me on the way into a village. As we slow down and run through the speed limit sign the rider takes his left hand off the handlebar and shakes his wrist, not in the way some riders do when demonstrating their opinion of an errant car driver, but in the way you do when you are trying to ease some pain or return some blood flow. And on a mid-size Japanese sports bike it would not have been due to vibration or a heavy clutch.

    We all experience some form of discomfort when riding, especially if you cover many miles on a motorway in a state of postural fixity. We need movement, opening and closing the throttle, using the brake and clutch, shifting our body through corners, to vary our position and create weight transfer. The discomfort the rider

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  9. MPW Track Bike: Part 7

    MPW track bike: Part 7

    For the story so far see our blog posts MPW track bike: Part 5 (parts 1 to 4 revisited), and Part 6:

     

    If you have been following the story of the MPW track bike project you may remember from the previous post back in June that while working on the bike we came across a few missing parts. I am happy to report that our stuff from e-bay is here, and we are now in possession of a rebuild kit for the rear brake caliper, a coolant hose, a coolant reservoir, and a cooling fan. Result. To the workshop…

     

    GETTING STUCK IN

    We are in the process of re-organising our workshop to make it a bit more user-friendly and functio

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  10. Motorcycle Chains and Sprockets: The Need-to-Knows – Part Two

    Motorcycle Chains and Sprockets: The Need-to-Knows – part two.

    Every motorcycle has a final drive system that transfers power from the engine and gearbox to the rear wheel. Of the three methods used a chain and sprockets is the most common. Shaft drive and belt drive systems offer advantages, but they also have their drawbacks, and like most things in life and on motorcycles everything is a compromise. The chain and sprockets have a hard life and are among the most abused components on a motorcycle, not only by the bike itself due to the forces put on it, but also sometimes by the owner, some of whom are negligent in the amount of care they give. Caring for your chain and sprockets is not difficult or expensive, and doing so will massively increase their life.

     

    Here in part two of our two-part feature on chains and sprocke

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