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How to get your motorcycle licence

Steve Farrell, 18 January 2013 15:12

The new bike test regulations that are in effect from January 19 2013 may seem so complicated you need a separate qualification just to understand them. But MCN is here to help. Just follow our simple step-by-step guide through the minefield of rules and restrictions. Getting started Two documents are needed to ride a motorcycle legally on the road as ...

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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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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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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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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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Plan your first ride with care

MCN, 25 June 2010 17:00

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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Remember to SORN your bike

MCN, 21 May 2010 16:07

These days there is more and more paperwork attached to owning a bike whether it's on the road or not. If you do decide to take your bike off the road you have to register it as off the road with the DVLA, otherwise known as Statutory Off Road Notification or SORN. You can do it online, on the phone ...

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How to clean your bike

MCN, 14 May 2010 17:32

It’s Sunday morning. You were due to go for a ride, but the weather’s naff and you’ve got a hangover. So what are you going to do to spend some quality time with your baby? Clean the thing. Most of us either love or loathe this particular facet of motorcycle ownership, but if you want your bike to look good ...

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Shaft-drive bikes vs chain-driven bikes

MCN, 07 May 2010 16:06

What are the advantages and disadvantages of shaft-drive bikes and chain-driven bikes? The major benefits of shaft-drive are lower maintenance and running costs, and cleanliness. Chain-drive bikes need their chains adjusting regularly and they can be expensive to replace when they wear out. They need lubricating often, especially in bad weather, which can be messy and inconvenient. And chain lube ...

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Can I ride in Europe on a restricted licence?

Marc Abbott, 21 January 2010 15:58

If you're currently on a 33bhp restricted licence you are still able to enjoy European adventures.  Although you are subject to the traffic laws of any country you are riding through, speed limits and the like, you do not need to be 21 to ride overseas. As a UK resident, you are not subject to the local licencing regulations and ...

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