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Getting into motorcycles, aged 43

John Finningham, 04 October 2010 19:45

My Biking experience is fairly new. At the tender age of 43 after just passing my DAS test I bought a 650 Bandit (new) and have at the time of writing this done just 211 miles. My previous biking history stems back to when I was around 14 upon joining a school motorcycle club. Trial sidecar. I learnt to ride ...

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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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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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33bhp Yamaha XJ6 review

Liam Marsden, 16 November 2009 16:59

The £4,499 Yamaha XJ6 is Yamaha’s latest budget-middleweight bike, introduced earlier this year alongside its half-faired cousin the Yamaha Diversion. Yamaha XJ6s for sale As standard the street-focused XJ6 produces a claimed 77bhp, but if you buy a new Yamaha XJ6 from an official Yamaha dealer and your licence restricts you to 33bhp for two years, then Yamaha will fit ...

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Basic Skills: Bikewise rider training review

Laura Kennerley, 17 September 2009 15:55

What is it?  BikeWise Rider Training in County Durham What does it cost? £35 for County Durham and Darlington residents for 2:1 training, for non-Durham residents it costs £150 for 1:1 tuition or £75 for 2:1 training Where can I do it? County Durham, ­ contact the team to arrange a suitable date What do I need? Full riding kit, ...

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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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Kit: Buying waterproofs

Rob Hull, 03 July 2009 15:47

There’s three key things to consider when buying waterproofs – they’re completely waterproof (obvious, but there are things to look for), they’ve quick and easy to get on and they’re comfortable. Completely waterproof Make sure you buy a set of waterproofs with waterproof zips and make sure the seams are taped to prevent any leaks.   Also, if they have a ...

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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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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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Basic Skills: Master your gearbox

Liam Marsden, 03 September 2008 09:58

One of the most difficult parts of riding a bike is changing gears. On a race track a bad gear change can lose you valuable seconds, on the road a botched gear change looks messy and you'll feel a bit embarrassed. If you're planning on taking pillions with you then a smooth gear change is all the more vital for ...


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