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Basic Skills: How to deal with heavy rain

Marc Abbott, 30 July 2009 14:30

As our so-called ‘Barbeque Summer’ has been replaced by another deluge it’s well worth knowing the correct procedure for dealing with standing water on two wheels. If you hit a patch of standing water at speed, don’t freeze and grip the bars in a vice-like grip. Grip the tank with your knees but let the front wheel find its way ...

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FAQ: How to get a motorcycle on a paddock stand

Marc Abbott, 10 July 2009 16:00

Owning your first big bike is a fantastic feeling, but if you are nervous of lifting the rear of your bike onto the paddock stand on your own, then use the entrance of your garage to keep the bike steady. Attach some old straps from backpacks either side of the garage door at handlebar height, then ride your bike half ...

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Motorcycle Safety: Travel faster than the traffic to stay safe

Marc Abbott, 09 July 2009 11:37

Believe it or not, the safest way to ride through traffic is to go slightly faster than it. That way you won’t get stuck in a blind spot and the relative difference in speed between you and the cars will mean you stand out more. Further reading:Basic skills

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New rider: Top 5 commuter bikes

Marc Abbott, 03 July 2009 16:18

Are you new to biking and looking for affordable and comfortable work transport? You’ll be needing our guide to the top 5 used commuter bikes. Thinking of trading in? Sell your bike with MCN for £9.99 These 5 models were voted the best commuters by MCN readers in the MCN Biking Britain survey - have your say now.          ...

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125cc motorcycles information centre

MCN, 15 June 2009 11:21

Welcome to the launch centre for 125cc motorcycles, encompassing everything from cheap 125cc scooters to the newest and fastest 125cc sportsbike. Here you'll be able to find everything you wanted to know about 125s, from advice on how to maintain your 125cc motorcycle to bike reviews of the latest 125cc bikes. Check back to this page regularly for the latest ...

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FAQ: Petrol station etiquette

Chris Dabbs, 11 June 2009 14:27

It¹s a sad fact that bikers are lumped in with armed robbers at petrol stations and can¹t get served until they've taken their crash helmet off. But what to do if it's a flip-front lid and you still get trouble? Go to the top. A reasonably worded letter to the Chief Executive of the fuel company pointing out that the ...

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Naked or faired for a first bike?

MCN, 27 May 2009 15:46

MCN's problem-solving community has the answers to most biking queries you could imagine. Here, they help a newbie with new bike choice... Ziqnzoq: I passed my test last week and am now thinking about my first big bike. The question I have is whether to go naked or faired? I prefer the naked look of Street Triples, Bandits and Hornets, ...

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Basic Skills: Changing gear smoothly

Chris Dabbs, 15 May 2009 15:48

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. All the good riders I know can change gears really fast and really smoothly, but I seem to have trouble with this particularly when I need to get down the gearbox quickly when I’m approaching a ...

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New rider advice: Honda CBR600RR as first bike

MCN, 15 May 2009 15:39

Here’s some recent advice from our problem-solving reader community. To join in, visit here Burqoil: All my friends and work mates are saying that a CBR600RR on a 2004 plate is a bad choice for a first bike. It’s too big and the riding position is too sporty and low and I am a “walking kidney donor” as I’ve just ...

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New rider advice: Finding the balance between comfort and feel

Chris Dabbs, 21 March 2009 12:00

Q. I'm a newish biker with a pleasant 50 mile commute. My BMW R1100RT is supremely comfortable with the screen in the touring position. With the screen down the riding feel improves noticeably. But I can't get both at the same time. Is there any bike on which I can? Matthew Hudson, Epsom A. A bike with an electric screen, like ...

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