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Video: Learning to ride

MCN, 03 July 2013 10:30

We have a varied array of rider experience here at MCN HQ - but one thing that we all share is a love of motorcycling! This means that when you're new to the office and you need to pass your biking tests there can be quite a lot more pressure on you than usual. So naturally - just to add ...

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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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Know your bike's oil consumption

MCN, 10 December 2010 13:00

Just because a bike uses oil doesn’t necessarily mean that it has a problem. For a long time now, bike makers have designed engines with under piston oil feeds. These are there to cool down the piston crown so that the engine can reliably produce more power. However, just like petrol, engine oil will evaporate at certain temperatures, and it ...

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Getting used to your bikes noises

MCN, 25 October 2010 14:07

Bike engines will make a variety of noises, hardly surprising with several hundred metal parts whizzing round thousands of time a minute. If you are worried about the mechanical noises coming from your bike, then it's well worth investing in a workshop stethoscope. They aren't the doctor­type with flexible tubes, but use a stick to let you delve into the ...

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Repairing damaged wheels

MCN, 15 October 2010 15:06

If you’ve kerbed a car wheel you’ll know what sort of mess it does to the rims, but you can keep driving most of the time. Damage an alloy wheel on a bike and it will ruin the bike’s handling and might even allow the tyre to deflate. But you don’t need to splash hundreds of pounds on a new ...

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Tubes and tubeless tyres

MCN, 07 October 2010 17:48

Tubeless tyres have several advantages over tubed tyres and are far more numerous on today's bikes. Among those advantages are that they run cooler, so can cope with higher performance and give longer mileage. Their construction is stiffer than tubed so they don't deflate rapidly and deform like older tubed tyres. But if you ride an older bike with spoked ...

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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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Choosing the right bike for the right test

MCN, 30 September 2010 17:21

If you are looking for a bike to pass your test on, make sure that you purchase the right bike for the category of test you want to pass, or you could find yourself restricted to a 125 with only an A1 pass to your name, and a test to take again. Click here for more details of the various ...

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Pre-2001 Licence categories

MCN, 10 September 2010 18:29

Vehicle tests have become more complex over the years with several modules and more extensive theory tests. Full motorcycle licence holders who’ve held their licences pre-2001, also have a B1 classification which allows them to use “Motor tricycles / quad cycles, 3 or 4 wheeled vehicles with an un-laden weight not exceeding 550kg”. Armed with this category they do not ...

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Aftermarket exhausts

MCN, 10 September 2010 18:22

Switching to an aftermarket exhaust is an obvious choice if you want to change the look, sound or performance of your bike. But you do have to consider a few things before you splash the cash. First of all, check with your insurance company what changes are permissible without your premium changing or cover being cancelled. Insurance companies operate on ...

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