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Video: Learning to ride

MCN, 03 July 2013 10:30

We have a varied array of rider experience here at MCN HQ - but one thing that we all share is a love of motorcycling! This means that when you're new to the office and you need to pass your biking tests there can be quite a lot more pressure on you than usual. So naturally - just to add ...

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Fitting a new chain

Chris Dabbs, 24 September 2010 16:48

If you are thinking of changing your chain there are a few things you should consider. You can get more out of it, if you keep it scrupulously lubricated and adjusted through its life, ideally with the lube drip-fed as you ride by a Scottoiler or the like. Don’t just fit a chain on its own as it will wear ...

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Taking your test abroad

MCN, 02 July 2010 16:09

Planet Earth is a village these days and some Brits like David Barnett are taking their tests overseas. “I have just become a biker and I am living in Brisbane at the moment, although I’m from London. I am taking lessons now, with plans to come back to the UK, but I’m worried that I will have to retake my ...

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Road positioning is more important on a bike

MCN, 19 April 2010 17:47

If you flit between using a car and a bike don’t forget that you have much more choice over where you are positioned on a bike than in a car. You need to think about where you should be on the road, for maximum pleasure and maximum safety all the time.  Get a friend into biking and win £10000 for ...

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New rider: what to look for in a test ride

MCN, 19 February 2010 15:26

If you’re looking at a bike to buy and you’ve given it a good once over, ask for a ride. You may have to leave the asking price in cash, or your family, or both. At the very least you should get a pillion ride. Things to check for on a test ride are smooth acceleration, good performance (if a ...

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How to adjust your chain properly

Marc Abbott, 05 February 2010 17:03

The first thing you've got to get right is the alignment. Check that by measuring the distance from swingarm to wheel on both sides. You can also put a straight edge against the rear tyre like a scaffold tube etc, then check that it's equi-distant from the front tyre front and rear.   Once you've got the wheel straight it's then ...

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New rider: the importance of locking your bike up

Marc Abbott, 27 November 2009 15:39

It's a sad fact that bikes are all too easy to steal because two blokes can wheel one into the back of a van in seconds and four scum can pick one up to do the same job. Save cash on motorcycle security So your number one priority should be to attach it to something solid whenever possible, and if ...

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Basic Skills: How to pick up a motorcycle

Chris Dabbs, 06 November 2009 15:49

Bikes are inherently unstable beasts on their two wheels and when they topple over it’s important that you know how to pick it up without damaging yourself, or your pride and joy some more. Whichever side it’s lying on, move round so you’re facing the handlebar nearest the ground. Turn the bar onto full lock toward the fuel tank, then ...

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FAQ: How do I check motorcycle wheel alignment?

Chris Dabbs, 30 October 2009 17:10

Checking the wheel alignment on a bike is a really useful skill, especially when you’re out there looking to buy a new machine and you want to make sure the frame isn’t bent and the forks are still straight. The first thing you need is a straight edge and an eight foot fluorescent tube will give you that. Next, clamp ...

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FAQ: How to handle a Failing to stop charge

Chris Dabbs, 23 October 2009 17:20

Some people say that when you get done for speeding you are really being punished for driving without due care because you failed to see the camera. But what happens if it was a manned speed trap and you didn’t see the policeman trying to pull you over? In that case the offence is “failing to stop”. It is not ...


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