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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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The dreaded U-turn

MCN, 23 July 2010 17:22

One of the trickier manoeuvres to master when you’re starting out on bikes is the U-turn. Not only are you crossing two flows of traffic, but also you’ve got kerbs or grassy banks limiting your space to get around safely. Although it is a slow-speed manoeuvre it is important that you are on the move with the clutch out and ...

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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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New rider: How to perform a U-turn

Chris Dabbs, 10 December 2009 17:21

A U-turn is the real-life use of all those slow speed skills you have built up by practicing in deserted car parks and on your riding course. It's also one of the most common fails during the test, for both observation and control. Turning across the flow of traffic in both directions means that good observation is key throughout the ...

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Basic Skills: How to take a pillion for the first time

Chris Dabbs, 13 November 2009 16:43

If you are a new rider about to take a pillion for the first time, the chances are that your passenger is a novice too, so take some time to brief them on the dos and don'ts of happy two-up riding before you fire the bike up. That way they will be confident and more relaxed and you shouldn¹t notice ...

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Basic Skills: How to check your tyre pressure

Chris Dabbs, 13 November 2009 15:01

Checking your tyres on a weekly basis is a really good habit to get into. Not only will you ensure that your bike¹s handling stays sweet, but simply crouching down to check pressures and condition of the rubber will help you spot any other adjustments that may be needed to the chain or brakes. Tyre pressures should always be checked ...

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Basic Skills: How to pick up a motorcycle

Chris Dabbs, 06 November 2009 15:49

Bikes are inherently unstable beasts on their two wheels and when they topple over it’s important that you know how to pick it up without damaging yourself, or your pride and joy some more. Whichever side it’s lying on, move round so you’re facing the handlebar nearest the ground. Turn the bar onto full lock toward the fuel tank, then ...

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Basic Skills: How not to stall

Chris Dabbs, 06 November 2009 15:44

Stalling turns your fleet-footed steed that responds to every delicate touch, into a 150 kilo lump of metal that wants to crush your leg. But if you learn the warning signs you can pull away cleanly and trickle along in the highest gear possible at walking speed, never putting a foot down. A stall happens when there is insufficient power ...

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FAQ: How do I check motorcycle wheel alignment?

Chris Dabbs, 30 October 2009 17:10

Checking the wheel alignment on a bike is a really useful skill, especially when you’re out there looking to buy a new machine and you want to make sure the frame isn’t bent and the forks are still straight. The first thing you need is a straight edge and an eight foot fluorescent tube will give you that. Next, clamp ...

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Basic Skills: How to improve your riding skills

Chris Dabbs, 09 October 2009 15:18

Riding a bike is a life-long learning experience and getting good training through your biking life is crucial. BikesafeBikeSafe is an initiative run by police forces around the United Kingdom who work with the whole of the biking world to help to lower the number of motorcycle rider casualties. Go on a Bikesafe course and you’ll get the chance to ...


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