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Getting into motorcycles, aged 43

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 ...

  • New rider
  • 04 October 2010

me kristen (riding) bethany and my 1987 vfr 750

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  • 10 July 2010

Motorcycle insurance bargains: Kawasaki ER-6n

Motorcycle insurance costs are an important consideration for any bike buyer. That's why MCN is highlighting some of the best cheap-to-insure motorcycles out there. This time it's the Kawasaki ER-6n.                     Insurance group: 10Engine: 8v lc parallel-twin, 6 gears Power: 72bhp Top speed: 130mph Weight: 200kg           The Kawasaki ER-6n is a great all-round package - fun, practicality and style ...

  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • 03 March 2010

FAQ: Should I warm up my bike before a ride?

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. Could you please clear something up for me? My DAS instructor always told me to let my bike engine heat up before riding off. He claimed it was safer to start off with a ...

  • New rider
  • 22 May 2009

Not looking forward to the new test

I was fortunate enough to get a cancelled Das test before the new part of the test came in, however i was unfortunate enough to fail my test by dropping my bike from a stationary position as i went to turn right. I broke my big toe on my right foot 2 days before so when the bike went down ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • 29 April 2009

Virgin Biker

My names Dan, a young 21year old who has always had the craving for a motorbike. But as us youngters well know our mothers dont share our passion, nor my Dad in fact. This was partly due to his recklessness on motocross bikes(still have the 175cc Ktm in the garage). He broke most bones in his body but theres a ...

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  • 03 February 2009

My bike test report

Like most, I too decided to spend a small fortune and do the DAS course with a company in Southend-on-sea. The first day was taken up with the CBT which I found quite easy. I havent ridden a bike for nearly 20 years so I was pleased with how at ease I felt. All was good with the figure of ...

  • New rider
  • 18 December 2008

DAS Instructor comments on the new motorcycle test

To add to the debate on the new test, I have been a DAS instructor in Glasgow for the last nine years and the new test has angered myself and every instructor I have spoken with.  Its a classic example of the DSA shutting its eyes to the real problem and wasting money on a lot of sh*te that will not make any ...

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  • 03 September 2008

SarahC's Suzuki and BSM DAS Dary: D Day take two

So it was once again the day of doom or the first day to the rest of my life. I headed to the BSM Training Centre for 9am ready for another day with big Chris. After a chill out we headed out towards the Heartlands area where I would be taking my test at 2pm. I rode around for a ...

  • New rider
  • 19 June 2008

SarahC's Suzuki and BSM DAS Diary day six: It's D Day

Well today (Friday) was test day. I arrived at the BSM centre at 9am and today I was to be looked after by Chris, one of the other full-time instructors, as Mark was doing a CBT in Birmingham. Also spending the day with me and Chris was Butch, an American who was on his third attempt at passing his test ...

  • New rider
  • 18 May 2008


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