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Riding skills: Filtering

MCN, 23 June 2014 16:17

It’s not queue jumpingFiltering is always a contentious topic as those not on a bike often look upon it as queue jumping. That of course is rubbish; it’s what bikes were built to do. What the law saysThe Highway Code says “when filtering in slow-moving traffic, take care and keep your speed low” which appears to me to be tacit ...

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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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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 video: Jeremy McWilliams' guide to riding Motorland

MCN, 10 March 2010 14:06

At the recent Masterbike 2010 test, Jeremy McWilliams takes MCN for a lap and explains how to get round the the fabulous, brand new, Motorland 5.2km race track, located in Aragon, Spain.          Onboard an Aprilia RSV4 at Motorland Masterbike 2010 video: BMW S1000RR is king! http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid771491905http://www.brightcove.com/channel.jsp?channel=711881422 // By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T ...

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Riding Skills: How to ride at night

MCN, 04 November 2009 15:30

Riding at night demands a great deal of smoothness, but to be smooth it’s necessary to read the road ahead. All sorts of information can be picked out of the darkest night, but you have to work all the harder with what information can be obtained. While erring on the side of caution, practice spotting clues as to where the ...

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Riding skills: 10 top tips to stay alive

MCN, 12 June 2009 15:03

The MCN road test team rides thousands of miles a week, rain or shine, winter and summer, on every kind of bike. Here are ten of their not-so-obvious riding tips: Tip 1. Suspect-looking car driver waiting to pull out from side road: move rapidly from the kerb to the centreline, or vice versa. It helps get you noticed. Tip 2. If ...

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