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Basic Skills: California Superbike School review

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, ...

  • New rider
  • 23 September 2009

Basic Skills: How to deal with heavy rain

As our so-called ‘Barbeque Summer’ has been replaced by another deluge it’s well worth knowing the correct procedure for dealing with standing water on two wheels. If you hit a patch of standing water at speed, don’t freeze and grip the bars in a vice-like grip. Grip the tank with your knees but let the front wheel find its way ...

  • New rider
  • 30 July 2009

Basic Skills: bike controls explained

Anyone who's ridden a bicycle will be familiar with one of the controls of a motorcycle. The front brake lever is mounted on the right handlebar and operates the brake caliper(s) mounted on the forks. When you squeeze the brake lever hydraulic fluid is compressed in the master cylinder next to the brake lever to push the brake pads against ...

  • New rider
  • 29 July 2009

Basic Skills: Taking pillions on your motorcycle

It's great when you've passed your test and you can take friends and family out on the back, but it's not so good if they can't relax on the back and tense up, not leaning in at the right time so that the bike feels like it's got a hinge in the middle. A good way to build their confidence and ...

  • New rider
  • 10 July 2009

How to register a bike in Spain

I am going over to live in Spain and I want to re-register my bike over there? Is this possible? Marc Tinney, London Yes it is, but it is a lengthy and potentially expensive process. Anyone importing a bike to Spain has to be aware that there are 17 autonomous communities (kind of regional governments) who can and do make ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 08 December 2011

How to claim for a bike stuck in a dealer workshop

Warranties are all very well, but what do you do if your bike is stuck in the dealers for weeks on end, waiting for an elusive part that is "lost in transit" or stuck on a ship with Somali pirates? To reject the bike completely under the Sale of Goods Act it must be sufficiently faulty in that it is ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 01 January 2010

Don't park on a grass verge!

I've recently moved to Brighton and unfortunately discovered that there are a serious number of parking Nazis here with my second ticket in a month. I took my bike out of my garage and left it on a bit of grass between the road and pavement) for no more than five minutes while I sorted my kit out and when ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 15 October 2009

Knocked off my bike, what's my claim worth?

I was knocked off my motorcycle going into a roundabout. Liability was admitted and my bike was a write-off. I did receive compensation for the bike but am still awaiting compensation for my injuries. The solicitors who contacted me at the time of the accident were connected to my insurance company and they approached me in the first instance. For ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 08 October 2009

£50 off BMW Off-Road Skills courses!

MCN is offering readers £50 off the Level One BMW off-road skills course this month. The first 20 people who call, quoting reference 'MCN OFF-ROAD' will be eligible for £50 off the firm's courses on 21-22 or 23-24 August. The course normally costs £449, and includes two days of group instruction, motorcycle hire, third party insurance, fuel, two lunches and one ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 14 August 2009

Legal advice: The ins and outs of loss of earnings

Last April I was knocked of my motorcycle by a car driver who pulled out at a road junction. I sustained heavy bruising to my lower back and buttocks and was unable to work for 11 weeks due to my injuries, which is supported by GP sick notes and physiotherapy treatment. That June, I had to be assessed by a ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 03 July 2009

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