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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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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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Kit: How to choose leather trousers

Marc Abbott, 19 August 2009 15:40

As important as your leather jacket, leather trousers serve the same purpose (that of protection), albeit with slightly less style if you’re riding to the pub.  Compare and buy leather trousers The theory behind choosing the right pair is similar to buying a jacket.  1. Make sure they fitIt’s blindingly obvious, but you’re going to be in the saddle for a ...

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Kit: How to choose a leather jacket

Marc Abbott, 19 August 2009 15:33

It doesn’t matter what we say here – most motorcyclists, if they’re being honest, will choose something that looks good. And why not? Compare and buy leather jackets in the MCN Shop However, beyond aesthetics, there are a few other things to bear in mind when you’re shopping for your first leather jacket.  1. Make sure it fitsSounds obvious, but it’s ...

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Kit: How to buy winter motorcycle boots

Marc Abbott, 05 August 2009 16:23

Think about what sort of riding you'll be doing, and when you¹ll be doing it. If you'll be commuting throughout the year, there will be days when you rue the purchase of those vented summer race boots! Compare and buy motorcycle boots The theory behind finding all-weather boots that fit are the same as with summer boots. Try on as ...

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Kit: How to buy summer motorcycle boots

Marc Abbott, 05 August 2009 16:08

Whether it's a race-spec boot or a simple touring boot for summer rides or commuting, the theory behind making sure it fits is the same. The golden rule is to make sure you visit a dealer to try on as many pairs from as many different manufacturers as you can find. Compare and buy motorcycle boots Obviously, you'll need to ...

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Kit: How to buy motorcycle gloves

Marc Abbott, 31 July 2009 10:18

You hands are the most vital parts of your body for riding a bike ­ they control your speed, your upper body balance and are unfortunately the first things to hit the deck in a crash on almost every occasion. So buying a pair of gloves is probably more important than you think. Compare and buy motorcycle gloves in the ...

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