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Motorcycle Safety: How safe is riding a bike?

Rupert Paul, 09 September 2009 11:06

If you’re starting out, this has got to be a question looming large in your mind – and if not yours, then definitely the mind of your nearest and dearest. The short answer is: riding a bike does expose you to more danger than most other ways of passing the time. And you need a certain amount of luck. You’re ...

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Kit: How to buy motorcycle gloves

Marc Abbott, 31 July 2009 10:18

You hands are the most vital parts of your body for riding a bike ­ they control your speed, your upper body balance and are unfortunately the first things to hit the deck in a crash on almost every occasion. So buying a pair of gloves is probably more important than you think. Compare and buy motorcycle gloves in the ...

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Basic Skills: bike controls explained

Marc Abbott, 29 July 2009 16:20

Anyone who's ridden a bicycle will be familiar with one of the controls of a motorcycle. The front brake lever is mounted on the right handlebar and operates the brake caliper(s) mounted on the forks. When you squeeze the brake lever hydraulic fluid is compressed in the master cylinder next to the brake lever to push the brake pads against ...

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Win a Shoei XR1000 by filling in the new rider survey

MCN, 22 July 2009 16:26

If you have only recently got your bike licence. Or you are thinking about learning to ride, MCN would like to hear from you. All you have to do is fill in an online survey to let us know if you find the website easy to use. One lucky person will win a brand new Shoei XR1000! Click here to start ...

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Kit: Buying waterproofs

Rob Hull, 03 July 2009 15:47

There’s three key things to consider when buying waterproofs – they’re completely waterproof (obvious, but there are things to look for), they’ve quick and easy to get on and they’re comfortable. Completely waterproof Make sure you buy a set of waterproofs with waterproof zips and make sure the seams are taped to prevent any leaks.   Also, if they have a ...

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The ridiculous M1 test

Brian T, 02 July 2009 21:44

With regard the new bike test, I have 'attempted' my module 1 test today and failed for clipping the blue cone on the avoidance manoeuver. Through all my training, I have been confident and in control and have not expeienced any problems and am 'gutted' to be asked to leave the test centre for this infraction. While I understand the ...

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Motorcycle Safety: Get started young

Marc Abbott, 26 June 2009 15:00

A field bike and a patch of grass was many a teenage new rider's introduction to bikes, but these days there are a few schemes dotted around the country, many run by local authorities that give youngsters a taste of two wheels. The Auto Cycle Union has a list of national schemes. Contact Debbie Walmsley: 01788-540519.   The best way to ...

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Kit: Choosing the right kit

Laura Kennerley, 17 June 2009 15:40

Choosing the right kit for any motorcyclist, new or experienced, should always follow the same guidelines. Just because you’re a new rider, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have the optimum level of protection you can afford. Compare and buy motorcycle clothing Get the latest New Rider news It doesn’t matter what your budget is, there are enough motorcycle brands that you ...

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Motorcycle Safety: Stay sharp after you’ve passed

Rupert Paul, 16 June 2009 09:27

So you’ve got through it. Decades of blissful riding stretch out in front of you. Well, I’ve been riding for decades, and spent almost as long studying what makes people good, happy riders (or lousy, miserable ones). So here’s my two penn’orth. You might not think that some of the stuff below looks like training, but it is.  1. Do ...

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Is a Honda CBR600RR sensible as a first bike?

MCN, 27 May 2009 15:53

MCN's problem-solving community has the answers to most biking queries you could imagine. Here, they help another newbie with their bike choice...  Burqoil: All my friends and work mates are saying that a CBR600RR on a 2004 plate is a bad choice for a first bike. It¹s too big and the riding position is too sporty and low and I ...

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