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Riding in strong winds

MCN, 07 December 2011 16:28

The UK is likely to be hit with very strong winds over the next couple of days, with gusts of over 90mph expected in parts of Scotland and Northern England. Below are a couple of tips to help you ride in strong winds. Obviously, if the winds are too strong and you don't feel confident riding in such conditions, leave the ...

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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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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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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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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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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: 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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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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Tips for riding in snow

MCN Newsdesk, 18 December 2009 10:00

Riding on snow can be tricky and is best avoided if possible. However we know that some of you have to brave the snow on your bikes, so here are Steve Farrell's snow riding tips. Steve never lets snow stop his from riding from London up to MCN HQ in Peterborough, so we think he is qualified to give some advice. Steve's ...

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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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