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Pre-2001 Licence categories

MCN, 10 September 2010 18:29

Vehicle tests have become more complex over the years with several modules and more extensive theory tests. Full motorcycle licence holders who’ve held their licences pre-2001, also have a B1 classification which allows them to use “Motor tricycles / quad cycles, 3 or 4 wheeled vehicles with an un-laden weight not exceeding 550kg”. Armed with this category they do not ...

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New Rider: Slow speed shimmy

Chris Dabbs, 09 July 2010 14:12

If you are new to biking there are lots of fresh sensations to get to grips with, from leaning into bends, to the front dipping under braking or that pull on your arms as you accelerate hard. One strange one you may come across is a shake through the forks at certain speeds, mainly between 40-50mph and mostley when you ...

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New Rider: Best 33bhp bike for distance

Chris Dabbs, 09 July 2010 14:09

Bogumil Kusiba has just passed his bike test for the 33bhp restricted licence and he wants to trade in his Honda Varadero 125. “It’s a great bike, however due to my high commuter mileage, 54 miles each way, mainly motorway. my Varadero is struggling and I am concerned that it may be too many miles for such a small  engine.” ...

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Best first bike for a 50-mile commute

MCN, 16 April 2010 15:37

Q. I’ve finally got the nerve to do my bike test, and I’m now wishing I could have been one of the happy elite to have taken my test when I was 18, and had a man shouting at me with a clipboard some half mile away from where I was riding. As it is, my CBT is on Saturday, ...

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Look after your fuel this winter

Marc Abbott, 15 January 2010 17:34

If it’s your first winter since you passed your test, and you’ve laid your bike up until the spring, you want to be doubly sure your fuel won’t deteriorate. To do this, brim the tank to stop oxidisation and add a fuel stabiliser, NOT a fuel additive. There are plenty to choose from and they cost about ₤5-6 from firms ...

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How to claim against a rubbish training centre

Chris Dabbs, 10 December 2009 16:25

The vast majority of training firms out there give great service to trainee riders, but there are always a few who fall down, maybe by adding on extra charges buried in the small print or lending you a bike for the test that isn't roadworthy. If you are unlucky enough to encounter a situation like this there are steps you ...

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Basic Skills: California Superbike School review

Marc Abbott, 23 September 2009 16:17

Don’t be scared – it’s not in California and it’s not just for superbike riders. MCN’s Laura Kennerley went on a ladies-only training day to learn the finer points of cornering, and realised everyone can benefit, especially if you’ve just passed your test. What is it?  California Superbike School Level 1 – Cornering Where can I do it? Silverstone, Northamptonshire, ...

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