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New rider: Avoiding punctures

Chris Dabbs, 03 December 2010 15:59

There are a few things you can do to combat the risk of punctures. First of all, try to avoid the areas of the road that debris collects in. That tends to be between opposing lanes, around traffic island and close to the gutter where any tat gets flicked up by other traffic. So, if you spend a lot of ...

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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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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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Jennie Gow blog: I've passed my bike test!

Jennie Gow, 28 July 2010 14:41

I'm on a Honda GR 125, the sun is streaming off the River Thames and I have a massive smile on my face as I look down at my Speedo and realise I've just passed the 50mph mark for the very first time. This has to be one of the best feelings in the world! But I've got carried away ...

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Differences between bike and car engines

MCN, 28 May 2010 16:02

If you have come from the four-wheeled world it is easy to forget that motorcycle engines need more care and attention than car engines as they rev a lot higher with much greater power to capacity ratios. For example, you can normally expect a car to hardly need topping up between oil changes, but it’s not unusual for bikes to ...

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Getting your motorcycle licence: How to pass the theory test

Laura Kennerley, 18 February 2010 15:00

There are three obstacles between you and your full bike licence: the CBT (compulsory basic training), theory test and practical test. More help and advice on getting your licence The theory test is the second element. It is always completed after the CBT, but before the full test. Here MCN explains what to expect from the theory test and how to ...

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How to plan your first ride on a sports bike

Marc Abbott, 21 January 2010 16:13

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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New rider: How to perform a U-turn

Chris Dabbs, 10 December 2009 17:21

A U-turn is the real-life use of all those slow speed skills you have built up by practicing in deserted car parks and on your riding course. It's also one of the most common fails during the test, for both observation and control. Turning across the flow of traffic in both directions means that good observation is key throughout the ...

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FAQ-What is the speed limit on a dual carriageway

Chris Dabbs, 13 November 2009 14:57

Dual carriageway speed limits can catch out the unwary rider. They are subject to the national speed limit of 70mph unless there is another speed limit displayed which will be 50,40 or 30mph. However, if the road has street lighting the limit is 30mph unless signs show otherwise. For more legal advice visit - Legal Help

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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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