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What you can ride under new licence laws

MCN, 30 January 2013 09:53

The new licence laws, which came into effect on January 19 might seem baffling, but a grounding in smaller bikes is the foundation of brilliant riding. And there's no shortage of bikes to choose from. See the document attached to find out what bikes you can and can't ride depending on your age. Click here to see what bikes you ...

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Getting used to your bikes noises

MCN, 25 October 2010 14:07

Bike engines will make a variety of noises, hardly surprising with several hundred metal parts whizzing round thousands of time a minute. If you are worried about the mechanical noises coming from your bike, then it's well worth investing in a workshop stethoscope. They aren't the doctor­type with flexible tubes, but use a stick to let you delve into the ...

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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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New rider: Parallel twins explained

Chris Dabbs, 24 September 2010 16:38

The parallel twin cylinder engine has a long history of use in motorcycles, being the mainstay of the British motorcycle industry for 50 years until the smoother, more sophisticated four-cylinder engines from Japan usurped it in the large capacity classes. The twin has the advantage of a still being relatively narrow and easy to work on, while giving reasonable power ...

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How to fit earplugs

MCN, 13 August 2010 13:47

Part of the attraction of riding a bike is being in touch with the elements around you, not cut off in a little steel box. But one of those elements, wind noise, can be distracting and damage your hearing in the long-term. So, ear plugs that cut down the decibels are important, but it’s vital that you fit them in ...

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Getting used to your first big bike

MCN, 30 July 2010 17:21

So, you’ve hunted through the ads, visited the dealers and sat on loads of bikes in showrooms, even managed to persuade a dealer to take you out on the pillion and you've splashed four figures on your first big bike and it's ready for you to ride away, but you're looking at it with a mixture of excitement and nervousness, ...

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Performing an emergency stop

MCN, 23 July 2010 17:25

An emergency stop can so easily become a panic response and end in tears with one or both wheels locking up and you either hitting the floor or the obstacle you were trying to avoid in the first place, so it’s important that you practice this safely. So, find an empty car park and set off up to about 15mph, ...

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New rider: Going from auto to full licence

Chris Dabbs, 25 June 2010 13:22

If you have an automatic bike licence and your two-year 33bhp probation is over, there are a couple of options to get a full manual bike licence, depending on your age. If you are under 21 years you need to take practical test (module 1 and 2) on a 125 manual and therefore be restricted again for two years to ...

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New rider: Do you really need a powerful bike?

Chris Dabbs, 11 June 2010 10:23

There’s no right or wrong time to buy your first big bike, the key to the process is to be honest with yourself.   If you have been driving a car for years and have built up a fund of roadcraft in your head, and you are confident that you have the ability to control a more powerful bike, then go ...

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Tubeless tyres and punctures

MCN, 04 June 2010 09:00

The tubeless tyres that are fitted to the vast majority of bikes these days are more puncture-resistant than tyres with inner tubes and don’t tend to suffer from the rapid deflation that is a characteristic of a tubed tyre when they do pick up a puncture. Save £££s on motorcycle tyres This is because the object that pierces the tyre ...


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