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How to prepare for your first trackday

MCN Technical Staff, 30 November 2006 13:55

Trackdays are just for nutters and racers, aren’t they? Yes, and no. Trackdays are popular with the racing fraternity because race practice is very limited – how and where else can a racer set up their bike? You have to remember that even the quickest rider had their first trackday and, like you, were probably nervous. But don’t forget to ...

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How to prepare yourself for winter

RiDE magazine, 26 November 2008 10:16

In winter you need to protect yourself from the cold and damp as well as from other vehicles. You can ride anywhere and anytime as long as you’re warm, dry and have good visibility. Read on for useful advice from RiDE magazine on staying warm and safe this winter. OK, so riding in the colder weather does require a steely ...

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MCN's guide to urban riding: Filtering

MCN, 29 September 2010 14:48

To make sure you get the most out of your bike in the city MCN has produced a guide to urban riding in association with Spada. Riding in cities requires a completely different set of skills compared to the open road. There are more distractions, more hazards and more corners. This makes it more entertaining than a track day but ...

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Riding skills: Riding a cruiser for the first time

Guy Procter, 11 June 2010 14:40

Ride a cruiser for the first time and you’re in for a rapid period of acclimatisation. The different weight distribution, steering geometry, riding position and ground clearance have some profound implications on how you should ride them if you’re to a) enjoy it and b) survive it.    1) You can use the back brake againCruisers’ raked-out forks and low-carried weight ...

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Learn to wheelie with Jimmy Fireblade

James Keen, 21 July 2009 16:53

Since before I even passed my motorcycle test I’ve desperately wanted to learn how to wheelie. But fear of damaging my bike, lack of a reliable technique and simple cowardice have prevented me from managing more than ham-fisted one-foot-off-the-floor efforts. That’s why I decided to pay a visit to Jimmy Fireblade’s Wheelie School. Watch the video highlights Stunt-veteran Jimmy has ...

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Video: Information and Planning

Angus Farquhar, 22 December 2007 00:00

Dan from Rapid training shows you some basic riding skills which you can employ  to improve your safety margins and make your riding more enjoyable. Todays lesson is gathering information and turning them into plans to avoid hazards. Zoom & Watch more videos on MCN | TV // By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove ...

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New Rider: Master the art of riding your motorcycle slowly

Liam Marsden, 07 August 2008 12:09

One of the trickiest skills to learn on a motorcycle is the ability to ride and handle your motorbike at walking pace. Infact this is the time when novice riders can be most at risk from dropping their motorcycle, particularly if you're trying to execute moves like a U-turn. Here are some tips that should help you master the technique of slow riding. ...

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Should I fill my tyres with nitrogen?

Dan Aspel, 13 July 2010 13:53

Tyres pressures can be tricky to maintain and can dramatically affect the handling of your bike. Save cash on motorcycle tyres Warm tyres filled on a hot afternoon can lose as many as 3psi overnight in a sudden cold snap as the rubber contracts, this can leave your bike feeling heavy and wallowy to ride. Filling tyres with nitrogen promises ...

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128 ways to dump your bike

MCN Riding Skills, 08 July 2011 16:23

An oldie but a goodie, this list of 128 ways to drop your bike isn’t just worth a laugh, it raises some useful points too. Obviously the writer has a bit of an issue with side-stands (around a third of the drops are failing-to-deploy-support-stand related), but the rest cover everything from pillion activity to poor road surfaces and just plain ...

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Video: How to overtake safely

Angus Faquhar, 24 December 2007 00:00

In part three of the tips for riding, Dan from Rapid Training takes you through how to overtake safely. Check out the video below as Dan points out the most essential points for overtaking, including thinking about the vehicle in front and thinking about possible opportunities. See part one: Planning See part two: Positioning   Zoom & Watch more ...


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