1 Release the pinch bolts and set the bars so they're in a comfortable position when standing up. Re-tighten by nipping the bolts up, then torquing to the correct setting.2 Ditto the brake and clutch levers, and brush guards, if fitted. Don't over-tighten though - the levers and...
NB: Before starting read the in depth guide to tyre changing here to find out what you need1 Get your wheels out and check the direction of rotation. If there aren't rotation marks on the wheel itself, stick a bit of tape on it and mark the direction with an arrow.2 Position the ...
a fuel tap make sure it's in the 'Off' position before removing the fuel lines. Most fuel injected machines are fitted with quick release fittings, removed by depressing a metal tab and pulling apart the two lines. Be careful not to damage the rubber
.First thing to do is loosen off the front spindle pinch bolts (if you have them), the spindles themselves and the caliper bolts BEFORE putting the machine up on its stand(s). You don't want to be heaving with all your might on an over-tight spindle nut while
machine and an all-singing, all-dancing wheel balancer, but the only tools you need are a bead breaker, some tyre levers and a basic static wheel balancer; abba offer a Tyre Change Package that includes all the relevant tools for £168.85.Once you have
bikes, the majority of off-road machines will have a foam air filter fitted. Almost all of these are washable, so replacement is rarely necessary. Regular washing and re-oiling is essential though, and must be done after every muddy or dusty ride
-injection has really become common on bikes, so if you are looking at buying an older machine the chances are it will have carbs, and they may well need cleaning - especially if the bike has been off the road for a long period of time.Because it's a fiddly
Click here 10 Quick steps to changing brake padsBuy a brand new bike and you can put thoughts of changing consumables such as brake pads, chains and sprockets out of your mind for a good few thousand miles.But buy a second-hand machine
at the very back of the machine, hold each end of the wheel spindle firmly and move from side-to-side to check for play in the swingarm pivot bushes. Check the rear shock(s) for signs of leakage. Make sure the chain isn't too tight or loose
. Accessories such as heated clothing or even a higher-wattage headlight bulb could be the cause. Disconnect or remove suspect items and see if the problem goes away. Most modern machines are fitted with an electrical system capable of supporting a whole host
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