DIY

  • VIDEO: Caring for your Twin. Royal Enfield’s DIY MAINTENANCE series for its Continental GT 650 and Interceptor 650.

    VIDEO: Caring for your Twin. Royal Enfield’s DIY MAINTENANCE series for its Continental GT 650 and Interceptor 650.

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    Royal Enfield has just released a series of videos which break down basic maintenance tasks for its Continental GT 650 and Interceptor 650. It’s not always easy to work on modern motorcycles – but with the increasing popularity of Royal Enfield’s retro-style machines and a return to comparative simplicity, the Indian factory has released a…

  • Qwart Helmets all-new modular carbon fibre helmet

    Qwart Helmets all-new modular carbon fibre helmet

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    Qwart Helmets has just unveiled its new carbon fibre modular motorcycle helmet; The Phoenix. And it looks mean, doesn’t it? If you’ve not heard of Qwart Helmets before, they’re a European company based in the South of France – who has just joined forces with Dot4Distrubution, to offer their latest lid in to British punters.…

  • Video: Escaping the desert on an apocalyptic two-wheeled Citroen 2CV  

    Video: Escaping the desert on an apocalyptic two-wheeled Citroen 2CV  

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    During one of his many road trips to Morocco, Emile Leray – nicknamed the “Doctor of African Mechanics” – totalled his trusty 2CV. Stuck in the desert alone, he was forced to engineer the ultimate DIY escape. During his Moroccan adventure his 2CV came a cropper, hitting a rock in the middle of the desert.…

  • How to buy a motorcycle to restore

    How to buy a motorcycle to restore

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    Ian Bates owns Resurrection Motorcycles in Market Deeping. Building bikes since the age of ten, and an engineer by trade, he now specialises in damaged repairables, and knows how to see the potential in another man’s write-off… If anyone could give advice on buying a motorcycle to restore, it’s him. “It’s a crying shame that…

  • How to balance carbs on your motorcycle

    How to balance carbs on your motorcycle

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    To balance carbs (or synchronise the carburettors) on your bike is simply the process of adjusting the throttle bodies so they pass the same amount of air and fuel mixture to each cylinder. It’s important because a well set-up fuel system will help the bike start easily, run smoothly, and be more efficient. Along with improved…

  • How to change your motorcycle spark plugs and air filter

    How to change your motorcycle spark plugs and air filter

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    Looking after your bike is easy! John Milbank shows you how with his 2000 Honda CBR600FY. My CBR’s air filter should be changed every 12,000 miles. With just over that on the clock, I expected to find the original still in place. What I found though just proves it needs changing earlier. A clean filter…

  • Do you still need to check a spark plug gap?

    Do you still need to check a spark plug gap?

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    The spark plug gap is vital to burning the fuel mixture efficiently. When you buy plugs for your bike, they usually come with the correct gap between the electrodes – I haven’t seen one wrong for about 15 years. Iridium plugs have a very fine, and easily damaged centre electrode, so long-gone are the days of…

  • Clymer workshop manual review

    Clymer workshop manual review

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    Tested by: John Milbank RRP: £23.99 More info: www.clymer.co.uk I’ve worked on my own vehicles since I was 17 (I wish I still had that MkII Ford Escort), but this is my first time with a Clymer manual. I’ve got to say, I’m impressed! The level of detail is superb, with very clear diagrams and instruction…

  • How to do a motorcycle oil change

    How to do a motorcycle oil change

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    Looking after your bike is easy! John Milbank shows you how with his 2000 Honda CBR600FY. Whenever I look for bikes to buy, I’m shocked at how few machines have even a basic record of maintenance. I’m not talking about original-dealer stamped service books (though I do love them) – I’d be happy with a…

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