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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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BikePlus - advanced rider training in East Midlands

MCN, 30 June 2011 16:04

BikePlus is a new advanced training initiative in the East Midlands subsidised by Derbyshire County Council. Thanks to a scheme run by the road safety partnership they will provide £80 towards post test training for any rider in Derbyshire or a neighbouring county from a list of approved trainers. BikePlus meets the Enhanced Rider Scheme, so at the end of the ...

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Esoteric riding skills #6: How to wash a passing train

MCN, 11 May 2011 15:00

Motorcyclists have a lot to thank trains for. They take loads off roads, leaving them more pleasant places to ride, they rarely pull out unexpectedly and their high ticket prices and late running put a powerful pro-motorcycling case to commuters daily. How can we even begin to repay this debt? A man in Pakistan has a plan.

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Off-roading with Patsy Quick

MCN, 21 April 2011 16:10

In this week's MCN - on sale 27 April - we have an in-depth interview with Dakar veteran Patsy Quick. You may already know Patsy as the first British woman to finish the legendarily tough endurance race. What you may not know is that she runs her own off-road school, which operates courses and tours all over the UK and ...

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The best 'How to pass your bike test' book ever?

MCN, 01 April 2011 17:33

MCN is happy to announce the publication of a book in which it has an emotional but not financial vested interest. It's called 'Pass the bike test (and be a great rider too!)' and it's co-authored by MCN contributing editor Rupert Paul. It's brand new and soon to be reviewed in full, but in case you were about to buy ...

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Turn-in points on the road

MCN, 25 February 2011 16:30

We're often told to use a deeper turn entry point on bends to improve visibility through the corner, but some people worry that it makes the corner sharper at the point of turn which loads up the front tyre and increases the risk of a crash which seems to defeat the object. But it's all a matter of degree, if ...

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Riding in town

MCN, 25 February 2011 16:20

Town and city roads can be some of the most difficult and hazardous for bike and scooter riders. If you use your bike for commuting everyday then chances are you’re already doing a fair bit of town riding. It really is very different to being out on the open road. Here's a few tips on styaing safe on city streets. ...

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Know the track: Cadwell Park

MCN, 10 December 2010 16:44

In a nut-shell: In the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds, Cadwell’s “mini-Nurburgring” is one of the most picturesque and dangerous circuits in the UK. The Mountain is one of the most famous features in British racing, with so many bikes becoming airborne after its peak that it hardly seems worthwhile surfacing the succeeding yards. Key to a good lap: Gearing ...

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Improve your riding with Ridesafe Backsafe

MCN, 17 November 2010 12:36

North west road safety initiative RideSafe BackSafe and the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) are heralding their Rider Assessment Scheme a great success after nearly 150 motorcyclists completed the courses.   The series of one day events were held monthly from April to October in Chorley, Lancashire and primarily appealed to full motorcycle licence holders wishing to improve their riding skills ...

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Riding Skills: Interview with a Blood Runner

MCN, 27 October 2010 15:44

For most of us, going out riding is a great chance to unwind and relax. However a small number of riders across the South of England manage to combine their love of motorcycling with providing an extremely valuable and needy service.  SERV (Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers) - otherwise known as the Blood Runners - is made up of volunteer bikers & riders ...

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