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CBT: How to choose a training centre

Marc Abbott, 02 September 2009 14:47

In years gone by, choosing where you'd complete your CBT and bike training/test was a simple matter of opening the yellow pages and opting for any of several firms offering training in your area. But things have changed a little. All learner motorcycle and learner moped riders must complete a compulsory basic training (CBT) course before riding on the road. ...

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Kit: How to buy a cheap helmet

Chris Dabbs, 28 August 2009 13:24

If you are starting out on two wheels your budget has to cover a lot of first-time purchases. One of the most important is your crash helmet which could costs hundreds. But there are great savings to be had on end-of-lines or discontinued ranges that have been lurking at the back of the stockroom in their boxes. But how do ...

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FAQ: Bike security tips - lock it or lose it

Marc Potter, 14 August 2009 14:49

UK bike security firm Tracker has urged motorcyclists to keep bikes locked this summer and offered top tips for new riders to make sure your bike doesn’t get stolen.  Compare and buy motorcycle security kit Figures show that small bikes are as likely to be stolen than bigger machines, so even if you’ve got a 125 you need to make ...

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FAQ: How to check wheel alignment

Chris Dabbs, 14 August 2009 11:08

Checking the wheel alignment on your bike is an essential skill, especially if you have removed the wheels to fit new tyres or chain and sprockets. The first thing you need is a straight edge and an eight foot fluorescent tube will give you that. Next, clamp your straight edge against the front tyre, then very gently move the steering ...

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Kit: How to buy winter motorcycle boots

Marc Abbott, 05 August 2009 16:23

Think about what sort of riding you'll be doing, and when you¹ll be doing it. If you'll be commuting throughout the year, there will be days when you rue the purchase of those vented summer race boots! Compare and buy motorcycle boots The theory behind finding all-weather boots that fit are the same as with summer boots. Try on as ...

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FAQ: Common myth about speed traps

MCN, 17 July 2009 11:35

One of the common myths about speed traps is that the police officers have to wear fluorescent clothing and be on show. The facts are that police officers do not have to wear specific clothing when engaged in roads policing or provide any other warning of their presence. Assuming they caution you correctly at the road side you just have ...

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Check before you buy

Marc Abbott, 09 July 2009 11:25

A good tip when you’re buying your first used bike is to always scan the paperwork to see whether the shims have been checked and take a good look at the steering head bearings as they are often insufficiently greased from the factory. Further reading:Find your ideal motorcycle

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Buying your first bike on a budget

Marc Abbott, 26 June 2009 15:00

If you are in the market for a new bike, but your budget is tight so you are heading towards one of the crop of Chinese-made bikes that have entered the market over the last few years, you need to consider a few extra elements compared to a bike from an established manufacturer.   The most obvious is dealer back-up and ...

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Kit: Finding motorcycle clothing for large riders

Chris Dabbs, 22 May 2009 16:15

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. I’ve jsut passed my test and I’m eager to get going, but I’m stumbling across a few problems finding kit to fit. I’m of the oversized group and I am finding it very hard to ...


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