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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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Look after your fuel this winter

Marc Abbott, 15 January 2010 17:34

If it’s your first winter since you passed your test, and you’ve laid your bike up until the spring, you want to be doubly sure your fuel won’t deteriorate. To do this, brim the tank to stop oxidisation and add a fuel stabiliser, NOT a fuel additive. There are plenty to choose from and they cost about ₤5-6 from firms ...

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Basic Skills: California Superbike School review

Marc Abbott, 23 September 2009 16:17

Don’t be scared – it’s not in California and it’s not just for superbike riders. MCN’s Laura Kennerley went on a ladies-only training day to learn the finer points of cornering, and realised everyone can benefit, especially if you’ve just passed your test. What is it?  California Superbike School Level 1 – Cornering Where can I do it? Silverstone, Northamptonshire, ...

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CBT: How to choose a training centre

Marc Abbott, 02 September 2009 14:47

In years gone by, choosing where you'd complete your CBT and bike training/test was a simple matter of opening the yellow pages and opting for any of several firms offering training in your area. But things have changed a little. All learner motorcycle and learner moped riders must complete a compulsory basic training (CBT) course before riding on the road. ...

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Practical Test: module two sites

Marc Abbott, 14 July 2009 17:04

Module two of the riding test is the final hurdle between being a learner and a possessing a full bike licence. Unlike module one of the test, module two is completed on the road. It involves a road riding test, which will last at least 30 minutes, an eyesight test and safety questions. Click here to book your test online.  ...

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Practical Test: module one test sites

Marc Abbott, 14 July 2009 16:58

If you’ve passed your CBT and theory test you are ready to start training and sign up for your bike test.  This is now completed in two parts. Module one takes place on an off-road site and requires riders to complete:  at least two manoeuvres carried out at slow speed, including a slalom at least two manoeuvres carried out at ...

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Basic Skills: Taking pillions on your motorcycle

Marc Abbott, 10 July 2009 15:40

It's great when you've passed your test and you can take friends and family out on the back, but it's not so good if they can't relax on the back and tense up, not leaning in at the right time so that the bike feels like it's got a hinge in the middle. A good way to build their confidence and ...

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