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Electric Motorcycles for Kids

Published: 18 September, 2019
Intro How to choose Kids Safety Voltage and Run Time 18 months to 3 years Electric bikes for toddlers usually have a 3-wheeled design for added stability and are made from durable plastics. Easy to use foot pedal accelerators make...
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Adventure Motorcycle Helmets for Every Budget

Published: 17 September, 2019
Adventure motorcycle helmets help create an authentic rugged adventure biker look but they’re not just an image thing.  We all know that adventure bike riders spend 99% of their time on the road but the peak is handy to keep...
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The Best Motorcycle Heated Grips

Published: 17 September, 2019
Heated grips are a great way to make a cold ride enjoyable and a freezing cold ride bearable. They are 12v and wire into your bike’s battery. You replace your old grips with heated ones, rather than put them over...

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Best Motorcycle Anti-Fog Treatments

Published: 07 August, 2019
Whether it’s hot or cold outside or you’re breathing too heavily and sweating, just like your car windscreen, visors get fogged up. For us bikers, this happens most often in the winter, when the cold air outside cools your visor...
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Every Motorcycle Exhaust Manufacturer

Published: 30 July, 2019
We’ve gathered together a list of all the motorcycle exhaust manufacturers from around the world with exhausts that you can buy in the UK. Either they’re manufactured in the UK or they’re imported by the company’s official importer or distributor...
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Motorcycle Trailers: A Definitive List

Published: 21 July, 2019
OK so the lead image might confuse you a bit but it was too good not to use. Yes, in Japan and in some European countries there are companies that use Honda Goldwings fitted with trailers to tow cars. Anyway,...
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The 10 Best Motorcycling Autobiographies

Published: 21 April, 2019
A list of books about the people that wrote history in their own way. Sure, this list of motorcycling autobiographies is mainly focused on motorcycle racers but the stories aren’t all about racing. From Joey Dunlop’s inner drive for success,...
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The 10 Best Motorcycle Travel Books

Published: 21 April, 2019
Let’s face it, we all need a bit of a kick up the backside from time to time. When it comes to motorcycle adventures, one thing that stops us from making our own adventure is that it’s all too easy...
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The 10 Best Motorcycle Technique Books

Published: 21 April, 2019
You might be from the school of thought that says, the only way to learn is to do but when it comes to motorcycles, being shown another way is always useful.  After all, you never stop learning. Whether you want...
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Ladies Motorcycle Boots Guide

Published: 10 September, 2019
Without digging ourselves into a hole, women have a certain soft spot for shoes that men don’t understand. Looking for the perfect pair of ladies motorcycle boots is no exception and comes with even more difficulties. If you’re on the...
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The Best Gore-Tex Motorcycle Boots

Published: 06 September, 2019
If you’re looking for Gore-Tex motorcycle boots, it’s probably because you don’t like wet feet. Gore-Tex is the name in waterproof breathable membranes. It’s a quality material and Gore don’t let just anyone use it; the products using Gore-Tex have...
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The Best Waterproof Motorcycle Boots

Published: 21 July, 2019
That horrible feeling when the first drops of water start making their way into your boot and the realisation that there’s no going back. Squelchy wet feet for the rest of the day? Just what you didn’t want. Summer motorcycle...
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Heated Motorcycle Vests and Jackets Guide

Published: 10 September, 2019
When it comes to staying warm on the bike, heated grips seem like the best choice but if you haven’t considered a heated jacket or heated vest, you’re missing out. Heated grips are good, they can lower the sensation that...
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The Best Gore-Tex Motorcycle Jackets

Published: 06 September, 2019
A Gore-Tex motorcycle jacket is a solid option if you want to stay dry, warm and protected from the elements. Sure, they cost more than the average waterproof motorcycle jacket but that’s because they’re arguably made with better materials. Gore,...
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Mesh Motorcycle Jackets Showcase

Published: 12 August, 2019
There’s never a good time to ride your motorcycle wearing just a T-shirt. Yep, we admit it, riding your motorcycle in the summer can be hot, sticky, and downright uncomfortable in a heavy leather jacket but the choice shouldn’t be...

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The Best Motorcycle Heated Grips

Published: 17 September, 2019
Heated grips are a great way to make a cold ride enjoyable and a freezing cold ride bearable. They are 12v and wire into your bike’s battery. You replace your old grips with heated ones, rather than put them over...
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The Best Motorcycle Trackers

Published: 17 June, 2019
According to The Office of National Statistics, there were 41,000 motorcycles and scooters stolen between April 2017 and March 2018. That’s over 100 motorcycles stolen in the UK, every day. Sadly, just like in previous years, it’s unlikely that even...
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The Best Motorcycle Tyre Warmers

Published: 16 June, 2019
Tyre warmers are worth their weight in gold. They make you less likely to crash and they maximise your track time. Obviously if you are riding your road bike to a trackday, you won’t be able to bring warmers as...
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The Best Waterproof Motorcycle Gloves

Published: 15 July, 2019
Waterproof motorcycle gloves come in two varieties; either they’re a thinner racing-style glove with a technical layer like Gore-Tex to ensure they’re waterproof or they’re a chunkier glove, like a winter motorcycle glove, probably with more fabric than leather, less...
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The Best Adventure Motorcycle Gloves

Published: 15 July, 2019
Before we came to make our selections for this best adventure motorcycle glove review, first we had to define – and agree on – what an adventure motorcycle glove is. Our review criteria We set a fairly stringent review criteria...
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The Best Short Motorcycle Gloves

Published: 15 July, 2019
Short motorcycle gloves offer very similar protection to full-length summer motorcycle gloves but with a touch more freedom of movement. They’re offered in a wider range of styles and materials when compared to ‘racing’ gloves, which are almost all full-grain...
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Adventure Motorcycle Helmets for Every Budget

Published: 17 September, 2019
Adventure motorcycle helmets help create an authentic rugged adventure biker look but they’re not just an image thing.  We all know that adventure bike riders spend 99% of their time on the road but the peak is handy to keep...
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The Lightest Motorcycle Helmets

Published: 10 September, 2019
A motorcycle helmet is the only piece of safety equipment we legally have to wear. Protecting your noggin’ is not only the law but it should be a priority for all riders whether you’re commuting, touring or racing. Money spent...
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Pink Motorcycle Helmets Showcase

Published: 06 September, 2019
A lot of people picture us motorcyclists adorned in black from head to toe. Dull, boring, and hard to see on the road. Luckily, modern motorcycle gear includes flashes of colour to combat this. Visibility is key and what better...
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The Best Motorcycle Messenger Bags

Published: 19 July, 2019
For urban riders who use their bikes for daily commuting, messenger bags have become a common sight. With a large enough compartment for a laptop or, sling it diagonally over your shoulder and arrive without creasing or damaging anything. Funnily...
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Showcase: Top Motorcycle Bum Bags

Published: 12 July, 2019
They go by many names, bum bags, waist bags or if you’re from across the pond, fanny pack but for carrying small essentials, they’re an excellent accessory for motorcycling. If you’re off touring, a bum bag is a handy bit...
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The Best Motorcycle Tail Pack

Published: 05 July, 2019
For long weekends away or daily commute, a tail pack is, in my opinion, the best motorcycle luggage you can buy. Simple to fit and capable of carrying a lot of kit, they don’t get in the way of your...

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Motorcycle Tyre Pumps and Inflators

Published: 08 August, 2019
Keeping your tyres at the correct pressure is essential to keep your motorcycle handling properly and ensuring that the tyres provide maximum grip and braking performance. It will also reduce wear and lower fuel consumption, saving you money in the...
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Every Motorcycle Lift You Can Buy In The UK

Published: 02 August, 2019
Most professional motorcycle mechanics wouldn’t do without a motorcycle lift but they’re also a very handy bit of kit for the home mechanic. Commonly called a motorcycle workbench or motorbike bench, they enable you to roll your bike on, clamp...
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The Best Paddock Stands

Published: 31 July, 2019
Whether you’re a racer, trackday enthusiast or a home mechanic, paddock stands are a useful bit of kit for motorcycles without a centre stand. They keep your bike upright and stable, making them easier to work on or keep neatly...
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Motorcycle Neck Brace Guide

Published: 16 July, 2019
Neck braces are popular in the world of Motocross, extreme rallies like the Dakar and to an extent Trials and greenlaning but for some reason they’re not that common on the roads or race tracks. You rarely see a pro-MX...
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The Best Motorcycle Chest Protectors

Published: 12 July, 2019
If you’re considering a track day, there’s no better experience than pushing yourself to achieve the ultimate performance from your bike and your riding skills. It goes without saying that even the most experienced riders can come off from time...
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The Best Motorcycle Insert Back Protector

Published: 15 May, 2019
The world of motorcycle back protection can be a bit of a nightmare to navigate. There are lots of products claiming to come with CE approved armour but there are different CE approval tests for anything from bicycles to motorbikes....
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The Best Alarm Disc Lock

Published: 08 August, 2019
An alarmed disc lock is a great bit of security. Not only does it prevent opportunist bike thieves from just snapping your steering lock and pushing your bike away but it also makes a racket, meaning the thieves either carry...
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The Best Alarms for Sheds

Published: 07 August, 2019
For any motorcyclist, protecting your bike is a priority, and with the increase in bike thefts, people are becoming more vigilant. Any insurance company will tell you, keeping your bike in a locked garage overnight reduces the risk of theft....
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The Best Garage Door Defenders

Published: 19 July, 2019
To prevent theft, locking your bike with a ground anchor and security chain in your garage is a great option. But stopping the little toe rags getting into the garage in the first place is even better. The image above...

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When Is The Best Time To Buy New Motorcycle?

Published: 23 July, 2019
For most of us, a new motorcycle is one of the largest purchases we’ll ever make, so it makes sense to shop around and get the best deal. There is no guaranteed time of year where bike prices are always...
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Used Motorcycle Warranties – Everything you need to know

Published: 26 March, 2019
Time to buy a new bike?  If you are looking to purchase a second-hand motorbike, you may be concerned that it could have potential problems or defects just waiting to be uncovered. Whilst buying any kind of second hand or...
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Used Motorcycle Buying Guide: What to Check

Published: 26 March, 2019
This isn’t just another guide that tells you to check every component of the motorcycle and ensure it’s not corroded and not damaged. This is a real-world buyer’s guide designed to help you purchase a great second-hand motorcycle, not a...
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Electric Motorcycles for Kids

Published: 18 September, 2019
Intro How to choose Kids Safety Voltage and Run Time 18 months to 3 years Electric bikes for toddlers usually have a 3-wheeled design for added stability and are made from durable plastics. Easy to use foot pedal accelerators make...
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The Best Sports Tourers

Published: 01 August, 2019
For me, a Sports Tourer should be 70% sport and 30% touring. If it doesn’t come with factory-fit hard luggage then it’s, at best, just a soft sportsbike. BikerRated’s best Sports Tourer motorcycles BMW F800GT Honda VFR800F Kawasaki Z1000SX KTM...
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The Cheapest Cruiser Motorcycles

Published: 01 August, 2019
Am I the only one that thinks cruiser riders are different from other bikers? Not different in a bad way, just ploughing a different furrow. You rarely meet someone on a cruiser that owns any other type of motorcycle. Likewise,...
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What happens at the end of my motorbike PCP agreement?

Published: 13 August, 2019
All good things come to an end even though, when you sign your motorcycle PCP agreement, you’re probably only thinking of the good things that are about to get going. When your PCP term finishes, you have three choices: Pay...
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Motorcycle Financing Guide

Published: 03 June, 2019
Every way to finance your new motorcycle Twenty-five years ago, pretty much the only way you could buy a motorcycle was with cold-hard-cash. A lot has changed and now more motorcycles are bought with finance than any other method. In...
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What is Voluntary Termination?

Published: 26 March, 2019
Need A Release From Your Finance Agreement?  How Can Voluntary Termination (VT) Help? Just because it is easy to obtain finance for your next bike purchase, it doesn’t necessarily mean you should.  In a matter of minutes, you can be...
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What is Torque?

Published: 26 March, 2019
You have no doubt heard the expression “that bike’s a bit torquey” during your years as a motorcycle enthusiast, but have you ever wondered just what it means? To clear this up, let us explain just exactly what the word...
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What is Horsepower?

Published: 26 March, 2019
Horsepower, often referred to as BHP (brake horse power) is a term commonly used when it comes to describing the peak power of a car or motorbike. Is it really to do with horses though?  Where did the term come...
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Motorcycle run-flat tyres

Published: 26 March, 2019
Do they make motorcycle run-flat tyres? In the car world, run-flat tyres have been the mainstay for over a decade. Can you believe that the first ‘run flat tyre’ was introduced by Michelin in 1934? It was designed for military...
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Moped and Scooter Insurance Guide

Published: 23 June, 2019
If you’re 16 or over and tired of getting lifts from your parents, a 50cc moped will give you independence and mean you won’t need to rely on Dad’s (or Mum’s!) Taxi. Likewise, if you’re over 16, you can jump...
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Car and Bike Insurance Providers Guide

Published: 18 June, 2019
Multi-Car and Bike Insurance: What Is It and What Are The Alternatives? If you own a motorcycle and a car, you could save a few quid and cut down on paperwork, with a combined car and bike insurance policy. Household...
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Motorcycle Insurance Comparison Websites

Published: 16 June, 2019
When it comes to finding the cheapest insurance for your motorcycle, comparison websites have made it easy for us bikers to get the cover we need. But did you know that the majority of comparison websites all use the same...
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Provisional Motorcycle Licence

Published: 27 March, 2019
Your Provisional Driving Licence – Everything You Need To Know If you are thinking of starting your journey as a motorcyclist here in the UK, you will need to apply for a provisional driving licence before you can hit the...
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How much does it cost to get a motorcycle licence?

Published: 27 March, 2019
Motorcycle test fees Motorcycle test fees are charged separately, meaning that you will usually have a new fee to pay every time you move from one test to another.  As of 2018, the following costs apply:   Cost Of Theory...
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Motorcycle Theory Test Guide

Published: 27 March, 2019
What Is The Motorcycle Theory Test?   Your motorcycle theory test is a computer based test, devised by the government, and offered at various locations throughout the UK.  Anyone wanting a full bike licence must have a motorcycle theory test...
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UK Motorcycle Theft Hotspots Revealed

Published: 06 September, 2019
THE COUNTIES of Bristol, East Yorkshire and Herefordshire have the highest number of motorcycle thefts per resident, according to stolen motorcycle data recorded over the last 12 months. The UK-wide study has been compiled by BikerRated.com from data collected by...
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What To Do If You Have A Motorbike Accident

Published: 01 August, 2019
Accidents happen, at home, at work and on the road.  If you are involved in an accident or collision on your motorbike, you may not know how to handle the situation, or where to turn to for help. Our simple...
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What to do when your motorcycle is stolen

Published: 27 March, 2019
Has Your Bike Been Pinched?  Our Guide To What to do if you have your motorbike stolen With motorbike thefts up as much as 44% since 2014, it remains a sad fact that if not properly secured or alarmed, they...
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Selling a motorcycle for 99p with no reserve on eBay

Published: 22 May, 2019
Update: auction live, see this link. What happens when you sell your motorcycle on eBay with a 99p start price and no reserve? That’s what we wanted to find out. As part of our Buying and Selling guides, we’re putting...
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How to write a brilliant motorcycle classified advert

Published: 27 March, 2019
The best way to attract more interest and find a buyer when selling your motorcycle is to write a proper advert. Whether you’re listing your bike on eBay or Gumtree or taking out an ad with BikeTrader or sticking a...
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What’s my motorbike worth?

Published: 27 March, 2019
When you’re looking at selling your motorcycle, it’s important to know what it’s worth. Price it too high and you’ll be wasting your time. Price it too low and you’ll be shooting yourself in the foot. There is no reliable...
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Motorcycle Touring Guide to France

Published: 26 June, 2019
I just love France. My first French motorcycle tour was over 15 years ago when I rode my Hornet 600 from the rigid roads of Milton Keynes to the ribbon-like roads of Menton in the South of France. I was...