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Insuring a new bike to ride home

You will find that if you have a driving other motorcycles extension on your policy then your certificate will state so.  Some motorcycle insurers do offer cover for ‘Riding Other Bikes’ as an extension, and if you think you will need it to, say, test ride your next bike, or maybe borrow a mate’s machine for a spin, it’s worth ...

  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • Insurance advice
  • 22 October 2010

New Rider: Slow speed shimmy

If you are new to biking there are lots of fresh sensations to get to grips with, from leaning into bends, to the front dipping under braking or that pull on your arms as you accelerate hard. One strange one you may come across is a shake through the forks at certain speeds, mainly between 40-50mph and mostley when you ...

  • New rider
  • 09 July 2010

New Rider: Best 33bhp bike for distance

Bogumil Kusiba has just passed his bike test for the 33bhp restricted licence and he wants to trade in his Honda Varadero 125. “It’s a great bike, however due to my high commuter mileage, 54 miles each way, mainly motorway. my Varadero is struggling and I am concerned that it may be too many miles for such a small  engine.” ...

  • New rider
  • Choosing a bike
  • 09 July 2010

New rider: Going from auto to full licence

If you have an automatic bike licence and your two-year 33bhp probation is over, there are a couple of options to get a full manual bike licence, depending on your age. If you are under 21 years you need to take practical test (module 1 and 2) on a 125 manual and therefore be restricted again for two years to ...

  • New rider
  • Getting a licence & training
  • 25 June 2010

New rider: How to perform a U-turn

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 ...

  • New rider
  • 10 December 2009

How to claim against a rubbish training centre

The vast majority of training firms out there give great service to trainee riders, but there are always a few who fall down, maybe by adding on extra charges buried in the small print or lending you a bike for the test that isn't roadworthy. If you are unlucky enough to encounter a situation like this there are steps you ...

  • New rider
  • 10 December 2009

Lower your motorcycle insurance with some advanced training

If you want to lower your motorcycle insurance getting some advanced training can pay dividends from day one. When you’re getting onto two wheels and through your test it’s a major budgeting exercise with the cost of all your kit, lessons, your first bike and then your insurance premium emptying your bank account. Get the best deal on motorcycle insurance ...

  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • Insurance advice
  • 23 October 2009

Motorcycle insurance advice: Short term insurance for new riders

Even though short-term motorcycle insurance has come on to the market with new policies from, that are designed to give you the chance to hire bikes, get test rides or just borrow your mate’s machine for a few weeks, new riders are still going to struggle to get cover for test rides. “Our policies are new to the market, ...

  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • Insurance advice
  • 05 September 2009

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

Kit: Finding motorcycle clothing for large riders

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. I’ve jsut passed my test and I’m eager to get going, but I’m stumbling across a few problems finding kit to fit. I’m of the oversized group and I am finding it very hard to ...

  • New rider
  • Choosing kit
  • 22 May 2009


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