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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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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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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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FAQ: How to get cheap motorcycle insurance

Laura Kennerley, 04 November 2009 09:30

As a new rider insuring your bike could leave you feeling like you’ve just had a run in with Dick Turpin. The usual premium slashing saviours of years of riding experience or years of accumulated no claims bonus’s clearly don’t apply, but it is not all bad news, there are things you can do to keep costs to a minimum. ...

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Motorcycle Safety: How safe is riding a bike?

Rupert Paul, 09 September 2009 11:06

If you’re starting out, this has got to be a question looming large in your mind – and if not yours, then definitely the mind of your nearest and dearest. The short answer is: riding a bike does expose you to more danger than most other ways of passing the time. And you need a certain amount of luck. You’re ...

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Kit: Choosing the right kit

Laura Kennerley, 17 June 2009 15:40

Choosing the right kit for any motorcyclist, new or experienced, should always follow the same guidelines. Just because you’re a new rider, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have the optimum level of protection you can afford. Compare and buy motorcycle clothing Get the latest New Rider news It doesn’t matter what your budget is, there are enough motorcycle brands that you ...

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Motorcycle Safety: Stay sharp after you’ve passed

Rupert Paul, 16 June 2009 09:27

So you’ve got through it. Decades of blissful riding stretch out in front of you. Well, I’ve been riding for decades, and spent almost as long studying what makes people good, happy riders (or lousy, miserable ones). So here’s my two penn’orth. You might not think that some of the stuff below looks like training, but it is.  1. Do ...

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Is a Honda CBR600RR sensible as a first bike?

MCN, 27 May 2009 15:53

MCN's problem-solving community has the answers to most biking queries you could imagine. Here, they help another newbie with their bike choice...  Burqoil: All my friends and work mates are saying that a CBR600RR on a 2004 plate is a bad choice for a first bike. It¹s too big and the riding position is too sporty and low and I ...

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FAQ: Should I warm up my bike before a ride?

Chris Dabbs, 22 May 2009 16:21

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 ...

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