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New rider: questions to ask a seller

MCN, 19 February 2010 15:33

When you’re buying a new bike it’s easy to get carried away with the occasion and just rush to swing your leg over and get riding  But before you hand over the cash for those lovely keys, there are some essential questions you should ask, in front of a witness ideally. This is because the Law doesn’t require a seller ...

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How to get your kids started early

Marc Abbott, 05 February 2010 17:01

There are a handful of projects running around the country that give youngsters a taste of two wheels.   There’s an off-road school called the Geoff Mayes’ MX try-out (01379-852452) which is based in East Anglia and the Newnham motorcycle project is a permanent off-road course in inner London (call 0207-473-4434). If you want an on-track experience the Mick Boddice Track ...

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New rider: Braking in the wet

Chris Dabbs, 30 November 2009 10:00

Like most other things in life, braking in the wet is straightforward if you plan ahead. The first part of the plan is to practice applying the brakes on a traffic-free stretch of road with a consistent road surface. Start out slowly, focussing on the front brake and building up the lever pressure gradually so that you get more and ...

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FAQ: What do I do if I lose my motorcycle key?

Chris Dabbs, 30 October 2009 17:05

These days a lot of bikes have their ignition keys coded to the ECU to make it harder for thieves to get them going. But that means you have to take extra special care of those keys because if you are unlucky enough to lose both keys you could need a new ECU at up to ₤1000. The reason is ...

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Basic Skills: How to position your body when cornering

Chris Dabbs, 02 October 2009 15:55

You don't have to be a racer to hang your body off a bike! Changing your body position when cornering can get you round safer and with less lean angle required from your bike, as MCN's Michael Neeves shows one reader in our video.   Further reading:Basic Skills

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Top 5 first big bikes

Marc Abbott, 26 August 2009 17:31

Are you new to biking and looking for a decent first big bike? You’ll be needing our guide to the top 5 used bikes for new riders.   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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Kit: How to choose leather trousers

Marc Abbott, 19 August 2009 15:40

As important as your leather jacket, leather trousers serve the same purpose (that of protection), albeit with slightly less style if you’re riding to the pub.  Compare and buy leather trousers The theory behind choosing the right pair is similar to buying a jacket.  1. Make sure they fitIt’s blindingly obvious, but you’re going to be in the saddle for a ...

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FAQ: Strange squeaking noises from a new motorcycle

Chris Dabbs, 14 August 2009 11:12

If your new bike is making an odd sound like a sort of squeaking noise, or rubbing sound, that comes and goes, check the relative positions of the footpeg and rear brake pedal. It's all too easy to rest your foot on the rear brake pedal and ride the brake so much that the pads wear down to the metal. ...

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Top 5 125cc sports bikes

James Keen, 17 July 2009 14:26

If you're in the market for a sporty learner bike, look no further. Thinking of trading in? Sell your bike with MCN for £9.99 Sports 125s are the stuff of teenage dreams, the kind of machines that have youngsters cashing in savings accounts and resorting to after-school jobs at fast food outlets.   Top 10 coolest 125cc bikes Here's 5 of the sharpest looking, best ...

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Practical Test: module one test sites

Marc Abbott, 14 July 2009 16:58

If you’ve passed your CBT and theory test you are ready to start training and sign up for your bike test.  This is now completed in two parts. Module one takes place on an off-road site and requires riders to complete:  at least two manoeuvres carried out at slow speed, including a slalom at least two manoeuvres carried out at ...


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