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What happens when you get caught speeding over 100mph

MCN, 13 August 2010 15:41

If you are caught speeding at over 100mph on a national speed limit road, you are probably looking at a ban, even if your job relies on you having a driving licence. For speeding the penalty is between 3-6 points, with a fine not exceeding £2500 on a motorway or £1000 on any other road. Alternatively, the magistrates can give a ...

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How to prepare for a summer tour

MCN Technical Staff, 05 March 2009 14:00

What do I need? The absolute minimum is a bike, some money for fuel and you. No, seriously. If you want scenery or interesting places to go on the cheap then the UK has it all. If you travel abroad a passport and documents are necessary. It’s only when you want those added luxuries that touring starts to become an ...

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Riding skills: How to bump start a motorcycle

Ped Baker, 28 April 2011 15:18

Bump starting a motorcycle is a black art. Experienced riders make it look easy but as the hapless guy in the clip proves, there's a lot to go wrong. First check the obvious stuff like the kill switch, side stand switch, petrol and ignition. Bump starting is tiring work so you want to give yourself the best chance of nailing ...

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Video: Learn how to position your body on a bike

Angus Farquhar, 05 April 2007 15:45

In the first of our MCN riding tips series Road-Tester Michael Neeves takes an MCN reader round to explain how to get the best out of body position. Watch the video to see how simply changing how you sit on the bike can make massive improvements to the way you ride.   Zoom & Watch more videos on MCN | ...

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Riding skills: Turning from a stop

Guy Procter, 24 June 2011 16:07

The ever-watchable Captain Crash has some useful advice on how to pull away from a standstill turning, rather than straying too far into (potentially) harm's way.

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How to transport your bike safely

MCN Technical Staff, 29 November 2006 14:33

Why put a bike in a van? For trackday riders it can be a lot less hassle to have the bike carted to the event and back in a van. Why? Because: 1) it’s easier to get the bike and you home if you’re unfortunate enough to crash, 2) tools and spare wheels aren’t a problem, and 3) friends and ...

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Getting it wrong on bends

videobike, 10 August 2007 13:36

Footage of a rider out on the roads in Cheshire. Passed test, Direct Access in Demember 2006, now on a Honda 900 Hornet. On two occasions he crosses white line in centre of road on left hand bend. What is he doing wrong? Have you done something like him? My opinion: Approach speed OK, but Honda is in too high ...

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Riding skills: Top three learner rider complaints

Rupert Paul, 11 July 2011 15:45

It’s tempting to go for the cheapest bike training course you can find. Here are three reasons why that might not be a good idea. 1. The bikes Training school bikes have a hard life. But they should still be reliable, of good quality, and come with a reasonable spares backup in the event of a drop. Many riders who’ve ...

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Kawasaki Versys becomes proper adventure bike

Guy Procter, 22 December 2009 17:00

We knew the Kawasaki Versys was a versatile bike, but this versatile? The unknown owner has given the bike a proper off-road going-over, fitting long-travel forks and shock, knobblies and a cobbled bash-guard. The mods should make the £5895 Kawasaki a half-way decent rival for BMW’s similarly parallel-twin-powered F800GS (£6700). The mods should cost you, erm, about the difference. Via ...

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How to prepare your bike for winter

RiDE magazine, 25 November 2008 18:57

You can ride regularly in winter without ruining your bike – if you take steps to protect it. Here's an easy to follow guide from RiDE magazine on how to look after your bike and make sure it comes out of the cold season looking as good as it did going in. There can’t be many riders who don’t regard ...


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