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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
  • Getting a licence & training
  • 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As our so-called ‘Barbeque Summer’ has been replaced by another deluge it’s well worth knowing the correct procedure for dealing with standing water on two wheels.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

Motorcycle Safety: Travel faster than the traffic to stay safe

Believe it or not, the safest way to ride through traffic is to go slightly faster than it. That way you won’t get stuck in a blind spot and the relative difference in speed between you and the cars will mean you stand out more. Further reading:Basic skills

  • New rider
  • 09 July 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

Adventure skills to save your life!

Adventure travel firm Nomad Biker is running a two-day course in Hostile Environment Training, designed to give you the skills you need to conquer your fear of the unknown. The course, run by ex-Commandos, covers some pretty hardcore lessons such as mine clearance and kidnap/capture scenarios, as well as some essential basics such as bike maintenance in the field and ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 04 September 2012

Learn adventure riding skills from the masters

New book ‘Adventure Riding Techniques: The essential guide to all the skills you need for off-road adventure riding’ by Robert Wicks & Greg Baker has just been published by Haynes. Here’s what they say about it... "Adventure Riding Techniques is the definitive guide to the specialist skills needed for off-road adventure riding, written to give readers the confidence to undertake ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • 16 April 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


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