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What you can ride under new licence laws

MCN, 30 January 2013 09:53

The new licence laws, which came into effect on January 19 might seem baffling, but a grounding in smaller bikes is the foundation of brilliant riding. And there's no shortage of bikes to choose from. See the document attached to find out what bikes you can and can't ride depending on your age. Click here to see what bikes you ...

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How to get your motorcycle licence

Steve Farrell, 18 January 2013 15:12

The new bike test regulations that are in effect from January 19 2013 may seem so complicated you need a separate qualification just to understand them. But MCN is here to help. Just follow our simple step-by-step guide through the minefield of rules and restrictions. Getting started Two documents are needed to ride a motorcycle legally on the road as ...

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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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Properly fitting a set of leathers

MCN, 03 September 2010 17:17

A set of leathers is a major investment, so it’s important that they fit you well. Although leathers will give a little bit over time, they aren’t as flexible as textile garments, so the makers cut them to fit well when you are in a typical riding position. But that can vary a lot from a sit-up-and-beg tourer stance to ...

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Position yourself correctly

Anonymous, 20 August 2010 18:30

Getting yourself in the right position in the lane of the road you are travelling on is a vital skill that keeps you safe and lets you make good progress. The greatest risk to you is other road users, so it’s important that you make yourself as obvious as possible. So, don’t hug the gutter, position yourself midway across the ...

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How do you know your tyres are warmed up?

MCN, 20 August 2010 18:00

With your contact on terra firma reliant on two hand-sized patches of rubber it’s hard to know when your bedded-in tyres are up to operating temperature, but there are a couple of factors that will enable you to know without stopping at the side of the road and feeling them with your hand. The first is the weather and time ...

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How to fit earplugs

MCN, 13 August 2010 13:47

Part of the attraction of riding a bike is being in touch with the elements around you, not cut off in a little steel box. But one of those elements, wind noise, can be distracting and damage your hearing in the long-term. So, ear plugs that cut down the decibels are important, but it’s vital that you fit them in ...

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New rider: what was that noise?

MCN, 06 August 2010 16:06

When you get your first big bike, it can take some time to get used to all the mechanical noises that it makes, and they can seem quite worrying at first. If you're on a tight budget and your new bike is a bit long in the tooth, there are a few noises that you should watch out for. If ...

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What's engine braking and how does it differ?

MCN, 06 August 2010 15:58

Engine braking can be a useful tool to riding smoothly when you first start out, or it can get you into a bit of trouble if you don't pay attention to the gear you're in. It occurs when you shut the throttle, at that moment the engine goes from producing power to having its pistons pumped by the rotating rear ...

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Jennie Gow blog: I've passed my bike test!

Jennie Gow, 28 July 2010 14:41

I'm on a Honda GR 125, the sun is streaming off the River Thames and I have a massive smile on my face as I look down at my Speedo and realise I've just passed the 50mph mark for the very first time. This has to be one of the best feelings in the world! But I've got carried away ...

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