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Getting into motorcycles, aged 43

John Finningham, 04 October 2010 19:45

My Biking experience is fairly new. At the tender age of 43 after just passing my DAS test I bought a 650 Bandit (new) and have at the time of writing this done just 211 miles. My previous biking history stems back to when I was around 14 upon joining a school motorcycle club. Trial sidecar. I learnt to ride ...

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Big bike tips for the vertically challenged

MCN, 01 October 2010 15:44

Getting your first big bike can be a daunting experience, especially if you are below average height. Once you’ve gained confidence on big bikes the need to get both feet flat on the floor is largely past. But if you need that reassurance, the number of standard models that have a lower seat height limits you to custom machinery and ...

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Plan your first ride with care

MCN, 25 June 2010 17:00

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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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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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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33bhp Yamaha XJ6 review

Liam Marsden, 16 November 2009 16:59

The £4,499 Yamaha XJ6 is Yamaha’s latest budget-middleweight bike, introduced earlier this year alongside its half-faired cousin the Yamaha Diversion. Yamaha XJ6s for sale As standard the street-focused XJ6 produces a claimed 77bhp, but if you buy a new Yamaha XJ6 from an official Yamaha dealer and your licence restricts you to 33bhp for two years, then Yamaha will fit ...

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Basic Skills: Bikewise rider training review

Laura Kennerley, 17 September 2009 15:55

What is it?  BikeWise Rider Training in County Durham What does it cost? £35 for County Durham and Darlington residents for 2:1 training, for non-Durham residents it costs £150 for 1:1 tuition or £75 for 2:1 training Where can I do it? County Durham, ­ contact the team to arrange a suitable date What do I need? Full riding kit, ...

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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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Kit: How to buy a bike lock

Rob Hull, 20 August 2009 11:21

Buying a motorcycle lock is all about one thing – tailoring it to your specific needs. The motorcycle lock world is diverse with a variety of options meaning you could actually buy three or four different locks for different needs. DISC LOCKS AND U-LOCKSIf you’re leaving your bike in a fairly safe area but just want a little piece of ...

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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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