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New Rider: Slow speed shimmy

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 ...

  • New rider
  • 09 July 2010

New Rider: Best 33bhp bike for distance

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.” ...

  • New rider
  • 09 July 2010

Legal advice: Mud on the road caused crash

“I was riding past a building site and the lorries using the site must have pulled out the mud so the road was covered in it. I slowed down but I couldn’t stop the front wheel slipping out from under me, leaving me with a broken thumb and fractured arm. I have photographs of the road which were taken on ...

  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • 25 June 2010

New rider: Going from auto to full licence

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 ...

  • New rider
  • 25 June 2010

Proper use of mirrors

One of the great attractions of motorcycles is that you can overtake other vehicles far more easily, but you’ve got to take more care when doing so. Simon Williams from Cleveland decided to overtake a lorry and a tractor as the road ahead was clear, but as he overtook the lorry he saw that the tractor in front was turning ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 11 June 2010

Motorcycle insurance: One call to MCN saved £100s

On 9th December 2009, Simon Ayling was knocked off his motorcycle by a third party who failed to stop. He made a claim under his fully comprehensive motorcycle insurance policy but four months later he still hadn’t received any payment. He emailed the Claims Department advising that he wished to make a formal complaint, which prompted a phone call on ...

  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • 11 June 2010

New rider: Do you really need a powerful bike?

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 ...

  • New rider
  • 11 June 2010

New Rider: How to ride safely on a motorway

Motorways may be boring to ride on, but they are the safest roads in Britain despite the high speeds and vast volumes of traffic that use them. This is because they traffic joining them filters on and off on the slip roads at junctions, instead of pulling across at right angles to on coming traffic. The two streams of traffic ...

  • New rider
  • 11 June 2010

How to push a motorcycle

It’s hard to believe when you are tipping your bike into a bend with the merest fingertip pressure on a bar, that your bolide weighs a couple of hundred kilos. But when you’ve got to push it into the garage past the car and the kids’ bikes that weight is all too apparent. The keys to moving your bike at ...

  • New rider
  • 04 June 2010

How to tell if you have a puncture

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. This is because the object that pierces the tyre often stays embedded in the ...

  • New rider
  • 04 June 2010

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