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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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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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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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Practical Test: The new motorcycle test explained

James Keen, 12 March 2009 12:17

It’s been about eight years since I took my practical for real and nearly as long since I last performed a proper feet-up u-turn, so I’m interested to see how I tackle the slow speed manoeuvres that form the off road part of the new motorcycle test. As a teenager I’d had a bunch of lessons and professional tuition on ...

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Adam Shorrock's motorcycle test diary

Adam Shorrock, 14 July 2008 15:33

I passed my CBT last summer with CAM Rider and must admit I was surprised I passed. Looking back at handling my first 125cc motorcycle are memories of excruciating pain in my crotch and a thumping heart rate after accidently pulling a wheelie on the first roundabout just moments after leaving CAM Rider headquarters! Little did I know that there ...

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SarahC's Suzuki and BSM DAS Dary: D Day take two

Sarah Carnell, 19 June 2008 17:30

So it was once again the day of doom or the first day to the rest of my life. I headed to the BSM Training Centre for 9am ready for another day with big Chris. After a chill out we headed out towards the Heartlands area where I would be taking my test at 2pm. I rode around for a ...


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