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  • 10 Motorcycle safety tips for new riders

    If you are new to motor cycle riding or if you are considering getting a motorbike this article will come in very handy. Here are our top 10 Motorcycle safety tips for new riders #MotorBikes Regardless of what bike you have or how you ride it, without the correct highest grade engine oil it will be uphill battle from word go. The best habit you can get into is to use high quality engine oil like Motul engine oil which is available from Randburg Midas. Don’t buy more bike than you can handle. If you’ve been off of motorcycles for a while, you may be surprised by the performance of today’s bikes. Even models with small-displacement engines are notably faster and more powerful than they were 10 or 20 years ago. When shopping for a bike, start with one that fits you. When seated, you should easily be able to rest both feet flat on the ground without having to be on tiptoes. Handlebars and controls should be within easy reach. Choose a model that’s easy for you to get on and off the center stand; if it feels too heavy, it probably is. A smaller model with a 250- to 300-cc engine can make a great starter or commuter bike. If you plan on doing a lot of highway riding, you might want one with an engine in the 500- to 750-cc range so you can easily keep up with traffic. Invest in antilock brakes. Now available on a wide array of models, antilock brakes are a proven lifesaver. IIHS data shows that motorcycles equipped with ABS brakes were 37 percent less likely to be involved in a crash than bikes without it. No matter what kind of rider you are, ABS can brake better than you. The reason is simple: Locking up the brakes in a panic stop robs the rider of any steering control. That can easily lead to a skid and crash, which can result in serious injury. ABS helps you retain steering control during an emergency stop, and it can be especially valuable in slippery conditions. This critical feature is now standard on many high-end models and adds only a few thousand rands to the price of more basic bikes. You may be able to offset some of the cost with an insurance discount. Either way, we think it’s a worthwhile investment in your safety. Hone your…

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  • How to Do a Burnout on a Motorbike

    Learning how to do a burnout on a Motorbike is rather simple if you follow these steps #MotorBikes Before we even start, it is IMPORTANT to always practice safety first and wear your protective clothing and helmet, never attempt any trick while you are your own. Always make sure there is an experienced rider with you. And another thing, before even getting onto your motor bike make sure it is running in tip top condition. To ensure it is, always use high quality products like Motul engine oil which is available from Randburg Midas. Turn on the motorcycle and keep it in first  Pull in the front brake and the clutch all the way. Use your right thumb and turn the throttle while remaining four fingers holding on the front brake and other hand hold clutch, get up to about 7000-8000 RPMs. Make sure to stand solidly on your feet (if you are still learning do the standing one first)all of your feet touching the ground, to from an A shape with your legs so that your thighs or knees hold the bike from going too much to the right or too much to the left Slowly start to release the clutch while keeping the front brake pulled tightly. You will feel your back tire start to spin, but you won’t go anywhere as long as you keep on the front brake. Keep accelerating, you will be making a lot of smoke and turning a lot of heads.When you are done, pull in the clutch all the way or release the throttle your thumb Should you do a burn out it, is at your own risk. For more information on our impressive range of motorcycle products and more, please contact us www.midasrandburg.co.za | (011) 789-4411 | marco@midasrandburg.co.za | 191 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg. Connect with us and share your photos of your goodies from Randburg Midas and tag #RandburgMidas Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Google+ | Instagram | LinkedIn | Pinterest Source: http://www.wikihow.com/Do-a-Burnout-on-a-Motorcycle

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  • Five fastest dirt bikes

    There is no stopping the thrill of accelerating to top speeds on an open stretch of land. Dirt bikes with full off-road capabilities can manage speeds well over 160 Kph with the right rider and conditions. Here are the five fastest dirt motor bikes in the world #MotorBikes To keep your off-road motor bike in top condition make sure to use Motul engine oil and maintenance products that are available from Randburg Midas. Speed isn’t everything in dirt bikes made for wild off-road romps, but the combination of raw power and light weights make them capable of furious sprints. These five bikes have set the standard. Honda CRF 450R (140 kph) Many dirt bike enthusiasts say the Honda CRF 450R can beat any other dirt bike in a race with the right rider in control. Honda’s 2014 model brings in more oil flow for better response from the air fork while shaving 1kg off the curb weight, bringing it down to 110kg. The result is a bike made to win races with agility and superior handling. The 449cc liquid-cooled engine provides the power when there is a straight shot for riders. Racers have hit 87 mph riding the CFR 450R, which makes it one of the fastest bikes on the planet. Kawasaki KX 450F (175 Kph) Always a direct challenger to the Honda CRF 450R, the Kawasaki KX 450F also packs a 449cc engine capable of stunning acceleration with a curb weight of 112kg. Riders have made this bike a winner on countless occasions in Motocross competition. Kawasaki calls it “the bike that builds champions” for a reason. ATK Intimidator (175 Kph) Whether packing the Maico 620 or 700 engine, the limited edition ATK Intimidator has always been in the running for fastest dirt bike in the world. The 700 houses a 685cc two-stroke engine capable of 78 hp for a bike with a dry weight of just 107kg. Compared to the fastest dirt bikes that have ever been tested, an ATK Intimidator would have a clear edge with the right modifications. Racers have pushed the 700 Intimidator to speeds over 175 Kph. It seems like only a matter of time before that gets pushed above the record mark. Its year may come in 2014. KTM 450 SX-F (197 Kph) KTM is always producing bikes challenging for fastest two-wheeler on the planet. In the dirt bike category, the 450 SX-F…

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  • 2016 BMW Motorcycle Updates

    2016 BMW Motorcycle Updates Include R1200GS TripleBlack, BMW R1200GS Adventure #MotorBikes When it comes to adventure bikes, you won’t find better than the BMW range! The same can be said for motorbike engine oil… You won’t get better than the Motul range. Available at Randburg Midas. 2016 BMW TripleBlack The 2016 BMW R1200GS TripleBlack offers the world’s top-selling motorcycling in a virtually all-black finish. The central fuel tank cover, fuel tank side panels and front mudguard in Black storm metallic together with black anodized fork slider tubes give the legendary travel enduro a strikingly masculine touch. Powerful technical accentuations are provided by the front and rear frame in Agate Grey in combination with the engine, gearbox and swinging arm. The R1200GS TripleBlack special model is fitted with the cross-spoke wheels with black gloss rim base familiar from the R 1200 GS Adventure, previously available as a special equipment feature. A new black-grey seat with striking “GS” application on passenger seat rounds off the strong appearance of the new R 1200 GS TripleBlack. As of model year 2016, the R 1200 GS will not just be available in new paint finishes. With a view to enhanced motorcycling safety, the range of special equipment features is extended to include the banking-optimized ABS Pro and the dynamic brake light (in conjunction with the Riding Modes Pro option). An overview of the new features in the R 1200 GS: ABS Pro and dynamic brake light as a special equipment feature (dynamic brake light currently for EU markets only). Light white non-metallic replaces the existing Alpine white 3 non-metallic. The paint finish Black storm metallic will no longer be available. 2016 BMW R1200GS Adventure As of model year 2016, the R 1200 GS Adventure will not just be available in new paint finishes. With a view to enhanced motorcycling safety, its range of special equipment features is extended to include the banking-optimised ABS Pro and the dynamic brake light (in conjunction with the Riding Modes Pro option). An overview of the new features of the R 1200 GS Adventure: ABS Pro and dynamic brake light as a special equipment feature (dynamic brake light currently for EU markets only). New paint Racing red non-metallic matt and Ocean blue metallic matt; Light white non-metallic replaces the existing paint finish Alpine white 3 non-metallic. The paint finishes Olive non-metallic matt and Racing blue metallic matt are no longer…

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  • M&T Racing confirms BMW split

    BMW expected to announce a new alliance with Althea Racing! Former partner M&T Racing confirms BMW split. The World Superbike future is unclear for M&T racing #MotorBikes If you want your super bike to run at WSBK performance levels, only use the best in super bike engine oil. Motul available at Randburg Midas. M&T Racing is considering its future in the World Superbike Championship after confirming it will not be representing BMW in the series next season. The Italian-based team competed under the BMW Italia banner in 2015 as the primary representative of the German manufacturer, starting the year with Sylvain Barrier before replacing him with Ayrton Badovini. However, with BMW expected to form a new alliance with Althea Racing in what will be an expanded two rider effort, M&T Racing’s team manager Piero Guidi admits the uncertain future means his team may exit World Superbikes without a competitive partner. “At the moment, we have been told that we are not going along with BMW for the future,” he told the official World Superbike site. “We know that BMW is negotiating with other teams and we don’t know what their plans are; I imagine that they want two riders and that is what they told us a few months ago. So we are not part of the game.” “We will see if there is any professional job to be done in World Superbike. We would do it as M&T Racing. We will see what the future brings.” “For me, it is black and white. Either we do a professional job or we pull out. We have to (make a decision) very soon because the new season starts with practices and tests, immediately after Qatar and during the month of November, so we have to reach an immediate decision. It won’t be easy. We will try our best. If not, that would be okay anyway.” For more information on our range of motorcycle products and more, please contact us www.midasrandburg.co.za | (011) 789-4411 | marco@midasrandburg.co.za | 191 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg. Connect with us and share your photos of your goodies from Randburg Midas and tag #RandburgMidas Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Google+ | Instagram | LinkedIn | Pinterest Source: http://www.crash.net/wsbk/news/224484/1/mt-racing-confirms-bmw-split.html

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  • Steps to popping a wheelie

    Follow these easy steps to popping a wheelie. You will be a pro in no time #MotorBikes   Whether you are running a 2 or 4 stock off-road bike, Randburg Midas carry the best oil for your motor. Motorbike manufactures use Motul as their preferred oil and that is what Randburg Midas stock! Most riders want to learn how to wheelie a dirt bike in order to impress their friends. Learning how to wheelie is an important part of becoming a better rider by teaching throttle, clutch and brake control. As well as body position and balance. It’s not something a beginning rider thinks to focus on in the early stages, but you’re going to be doing quite a few unintentional wheelies when you start riding. So it’s not a bad idea to familiarise yourself with the proper steps right from the start. Steps to a wheelie: If you’ve ever watched a motocross race, visualize the starting gate. The riders are lined up, have their clutches pulled in enough to remove power from the rear wheel, but out enough to engage the clutch quickly (aka in the “friction zone”), they’re applying throttle at a steady rev, and when the gate drops they shift into gear, release the clutch, and apply more throttle. That’s what you’re aiming for, but at a much slower speed. So . . . Start off in first gear (you can always try 2nd gear later) Apply enough steady throttle to get up to about 40 km/h Pull in the clutch about a third to halfway – (you’ll feel the bike start to slow down) Try to weight the front end if possible while simultaneously give it more throttle and letting out the clutch quickly while shifting your weight towards the rear of the bike All this happens in one smooth motion, not one step at a time and each bike is set up differently so you may need to pull the clutch in a bit further to find your bike’s friction zone. As mentioned earlier concentrate on the controls, not getting the front end up. Don’t forget to cover the rear brake in case the bike feels like it’s going to loop out (flip over). It takes time: Everything sounds easy in print, but learning how to wheelie a dirt bike isn’t all that simple so don’t get frustrated. Wheelies are all about timing and practice, not balls….

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