Technical

  • Why do tyres wear out

    At a superficial level, tyres wear out because otherwise tyre manufacturers wouldn’t sell as many. But the physical reason a tyre wears out is because it grips. Or sticks. Well, both. There IS a difference...

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  • Bike Security Hacks

    Of course, we'd all love to keep our bikes in Fort Knox style security. But there are plenty of simple, cheap, even free security tips that can help prevent bike theft. Here's a few of our favourite ways to defeat the crims...

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  • Obsession: Honda SP-1 Special

    Bought in 2003, Lyndon has been slowly bringing the bike up to date with carefully selected modifications, starting with an Ohlins steering damper then snowballing from there – he’s a self-confessed SP-1 obsessive. “I collect anything SP-1 related and have a collection of stuff including a laser-etched paperweight"...

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  • The truth about Euro 4

    People often assume engine designers must get frustrated by being asked to make their engines super-efficient or super-powerful, then told to plug them up with a catalytic converter, and make them whisper-quiet too. But that’s a misunderstanding of what an engine designer does...

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  • Why Honda Love the V4

    Soichiro Honda himself declared it the perfect engine for powering a motorbike (he hated two-strokes and famously compared the engine to a bamboo rod with holes in). But the reason the V4 came to be Honda’s favoured engine has a more practical origin...

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