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Riding skills: learn basic track skills with MSV

If you're new to track days and you want to get faster, there's no substitute for practice. But it's also essential to get the basic skills down early. If you know the rights techniques and apply them rigorously, you'll find that increased pace comes naturally. So a good place to start is with MSV's Rider Development Program level 1. It's a full ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 17 June 2010

Basic Skills: How to take a pillion for the first time

If you are a new rider about to take a pillion for the first time, the chances are that your passenger is a novice too, so take some time to brief them on the dos and don'ts of happy two-up riding before you fire the bike up. That way they will be confident and more relaxed and you shouldn¹t notice ...

  • New rider
  • 13 November 2009

Basic Skills: How to check your tyre pressure

Checking your tyres on a weekly basis is a really good habit to get into. Not only will you ensure that your bike¹s handling stays sweet, but simply crouching down to check pressures and condition of the rubber will help you spot any other adjustments that may be needed to the chain or brakes. Tyre pressures should always be checked ...

  • New rider
  • 13 November 2009

Basic Skills: How to pick up a motorcycle

Bikes are inherently unstable beasts on their two wheels and when they topple over it’s important that you know how to pick it up without damaging yourself, or your pride and joy some more. Whichever side it’s lying on, move round so you’re facing the handlebar nearest the ground. Turn the bar onto full lock toward the fuel tank, then ...

  • New rider
  • 06 November 2009

Basic Skills: How not to stall

Stalling turns your fleet-footed steed that responds to every delicate touch, into a 150 kilo lump of metal that wants to crush your leg. But if you learn the warning signs you can pull away cleanly and trickle along in the highest gear possible at walking speed, never putting a foot down. A stall happens when there is insufficient power ...

  • New rider
  • 06 November 2009

Basic Skills: How to improve your riding skills

Riding a bike is a life-long learning experience and getting good training through your biking life is crucial. BikesafeBikeSafe is an initiative run by police forces around the United Kingdom who work with the whole of the biking world to help to lower the number of motorcycle rider casualties. Go on a Bikesafe course and you’ll get the chance to ...

  • New rider
  • 09 October 2009

Basic Skills: How to position your body when cornering

You don't have to be a racer to hang your body off a bike! Changing your body position when cornering can get you round safer and with less lean angle required from your bike, as MCN's Michael Neeves shows one reader in our video.   Further reading:Basic Skills

  • New rider
  • 02 October 2009

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
  • 23 September 2009

Basic Skills: Bikewise rider training review

What is it?  BikeWise Rider Training in County Durham What does it cost? £35 for County Durham and Darlington residents for 2:1 training, for non-Durham residents it costs £150 for 1:1 tuition or £75 for 2:1 training Where can I do it? County Durham, ­ contact the team to arrange a suitable date What do I need? Full riding kit, ...

  • New rider
  • 17 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


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