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How to plan your first ride on a sports bike

Marc Abbott, 21 January 2010 16:13

You've passed your test, bought the kit and blown all your hard-earned on your dream bike. Now it's time to go for your very first ride. And that needs preparation. If you passed your test by the Direct Access route, you'll have ridden a Honda CB500 or similar. So what differences can you expect when you sling your leg over ...

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FAQ: What to do if you're sold a bike with iffy mileage

Marc Abbott, 08 October 2009 13:09

If you've just come home with your latest purchase, a used bike from a dealer, and you discover that the mileage isn't as it was advertised, what can you do about it? Motorcycles for sale Assuming that you no longer want the motorcycle you can return it to the dealer stating that you wish to reject the motorcycle as the ...

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FAQ: Important legal tips for new riders

Marc Abbott, 17 September 2009 11:22

FilteringIt is NOT illegal to filter through traffic (travel between lanes of stationary or slow moving vehicles), but you do take on the chance of increased liability if you are involved in an accident. Any dispute would turn on how you were riding leading up to the collision, so don't hurtle up the middle of the road 20mph faster than ...

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Kit: How to choose a leather jacket

Marc Abbott, 19 August 2009 15:33

It doesn’t matter what we say here – most motorcyclists, if they’re being honest, will choose something that looks good. And why not? Compare and buy leather jackets in the MCN Shop However, beyond aesthetics, there are a few other things to bear in mind when you’re shopping for your first leather jacket.  1. Make sure it fitsSounds obvious, but it’s ...

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Kit: How to buy summer motorcycle boots

Marc Abbott, 05 August 2009 16:08

Whether it's a race-spec boot or a simple touring boot for summer rides or commuting, the theory behind making sure it fits is the same. The golden rule is to make sure you visit a dealer to try on as many pairs from as many different manufacturers as you can find. Compare and buy motorcycle boots Obviously, you'll need to ...

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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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