Monthly Archives: October 2018

Braking Bad – A Real-World Guide to ABS On Your Motorcycle

ABS is standard on most modern motorcycles

ABS is standard on most modern motorcycles

We all know that ABS on motorcycles has been around for a while, but what it might surprise you to know is just how long it’s been around. According to the Wiki, BMW launched an 11kg (!!) ABS system on its K100 series way back in 1988. I was only 13-years-old back then and am in my forties now…. Because the system has been around for a long time and is becoming a standard feature on most bikes nowadays, a long-held assumption I’ve had is that the vast majority of today’s riders are au fait with the system…

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Motorcycle Maintenance – Cleaning and Lubing Your Chain

Cleaning A Motorcycle Chain

For optimal chain life, clean and lube the chain every 500 miles or so

If your motorcycle isn’t blessed with shaft or belt drive then you will have a chain connecting the engine to the rear wheel. The chain is completely exposed and as such picks up all sorts of dirt, grime, grit and dust when riding. It’s especially bad in the wet as the water also tends to strip any lubrication that’s on there.

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Understanding The Rear Brake On Your Motorcycle

Rear-braking is an important skill for street-riding

Rear-braking is an important skill for street-riding

With the dozens of riders I’ve coached over the years, it’s always a source of bemusement to me that the two most important tools for riding a motorcycle are the two I always find used the least – counter-steering and the rear brake. Counter-steering may be considered an advanced technique but rear-braking is firmly in the “basic motorcycle control” one.

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