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Waterproof Ratings

Are you considering buying a jacket and/or pants for rain protection? Before you do make sure you check the waterproof rating on the garment.   Firstly, decision time:   Separate rain gear Layered riding gear (removable liner setup)   Choice one is relatively simple.   Because you are only wearing the gear when it rains, buy the most unbreathable, PVC …

All Women Bike Build

                All Women Bike Build Part I Women from across Melbourne have come together at Kustom Kommune, a communal bike workshop in Richmond, to rebuild an old Yamaha Virago to ride to Shelia’s Shakedown, the notorious women’s motorcycle festival, Victoria.     All Women Bike Build Part II Part II of bringing life …

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Bike Build Part ii

Recap: Beginning in late October 2022 and meeting every Tuesday evening thereafter… the challenge was to rebuild a 1992 Yamaha Virago 250 cc to ride to the February 2023 Shelia’s Shakedown, a women’s bike festival held annually in Ballan, Victoria.     Those many-a-late-night session spent at Kustom Kommune, leading up to the festival is a bit of a blur …

Rust and Your Motorcycle

RUST…   The reddish-brown or reddish-yellow coating formed on iron or steel by oxidation, as during exposure to air and moisture: it consists mainly of ferric oxide, Fe2O3, and ferric hydroxide, Fe(OH)3 Any coating or film formed on any other metal by oxidation or corrosion; any stain or formation resembling iron rust. Cancerous RUST causes damage by eating metal, consequently …

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Virago Bike Build Part I

A gloomy Tuesday had morphed into a clear summer afternoon as I wound my way through city traffic enjoying the crisp wind on my face and the warm sun through my leathers. By happenstance, I converged with three Leatherettes on the corner of Nicholson and Johnston Streets, all of us on en route to the women’s bike build. We roared …

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Hand Signals

If you see anyone doing some of the following, no they’re not having a John Travolta disco moment in their seat, they’re trying to communicate something to you. Hand signals are important for group riding and other uses, e.g., your electrics may be on the blink, or you’re warning oncoming vehicles or your riding buddy. Most are common sense and …

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Tech Savvy

Tech Savvy articles to enhance your biking expertise. Learn about waterproof ratings, bike rebuilds, hand signals, reading tyres and many more articles, for a smoother ride… enjoy ♥         Waterproof Ratings Considering buying a jacket and/or pants for rain protection? Check the waterproof rating guide here, before you spend that hard-earned coin…         RUST …

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Reading Your Rubbers

Read Your Rubbers Tyres miraculously keep your bike upright, pointed in the right direction and are a super-important to stop you falling off. Reading tyre wear patterns is a skill worth learning, so you know what’s going on, down below, whether you’re a weekend, highway-warrior, daily commuter or adventure gal… There are all sorts of other important technical stuff they …

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Group Riding Etiquette

Hey, don’t you love riding with friends… checking out those newly discovered twisties, following the coast, trailing through the bush tracks or just off to find somewhere with a bike-friendly atmosphere to have lunch, for a long over-due chit-chat and a few laughs! Group Riding Etiquette shows you how… Riding in a large group, is a whole new concept of …

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Slow and U-Turns

S-l-o-w Going… One of the least fun things to do on your road bike is to go slow but having your bike under control at very slow speeds is definitely a skill… and a skill that should be learned and practised often.  Various manoeuvres require this invaluable, steady type of control, e.g., U-turns, getting caught in peak hour traffic, riding …