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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: 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

Riding Skills: How to get instant Motocross legend status!

Got mad Motocross skills? Want to take your place alongside Evgeny Bobryshev, Rui Gonçalves and other off-road riders nobody’s ever heard of? Now you can! Just go to:, enter your details, upload a photo and watch as you’re seamlessly transported into the role of Honda World Motocross’ third rider! Marvel as your name appears on a computer screen! Gasp ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 17 June 2011

Retro riding skills: “adult, impulsive and brash”

Get ready to learn some retro riding skills, Aussie style. This road safety video from the Commonwealth Film Unit was made in 1959. It shows a bunch of “too-cool-for-school” bike-mad kids getting a lesson in bike safety, track riding and essential maintenance. Motorcycles, film-making and social values may have come a hell of a long way in the past 52 ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 03 June 2011

MCN Riding skills videos: Your opinion needed!

Over the coming weeks we're going to be filming a series of in-depth riding skills videos that will appear right here on our website. We hope you'll find these skills video useful, whatever level your riding is at. So our question is: What advice videos should be produce to have the biggest impact on your riding enjoyment and safety? What element of riding have ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 21 January 2011

Riding Skills: Wheelie to a world class standard

Want to learn how to wheelie like a pro? Get down to Elvington (near York) this weekend for the world wheelie competition, as over 50 riders attempt to break the 172mph record.... Or if you're just starting out, maybe just check out our video guide for beginners instead: Video: MCN's how to wheelie guide Competitors must keep the wheelie keep the front aloft ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 20 August 2010

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

Riding skills: Download the free guide that's made Norwegian riders the world's safest

‘Full Control’, the 57-page bike skills guide credited with dramatically raising the standard of Norwegian riders above the global average has been published in English for the first time.     The free PDF manual covers  core motorcycle skills in a robust, physics-grounded and clear way, giving you a complete picture of why bikes (and riders) do what they do.  It would ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 03 June 2010

Riding skills: Decreasing radius bends

Also known in-helmet as the shit-shit-shit-shit-shit bend, the decreasing radius corner isn’t a problem to be tackled in isolation – it’s a test of the fundamentals of your riding skills, namely looking ahead, reading the vanishing point and steering a planned line. If you get a scare from a turn that tightens up, don’t worry about making a special effort ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 28 May 2010

Riding skills: 60 second swerving school

Here’s an entertaining skills-merchant we haven’t come across before. Capt Crash from Idaho specialises in brief, chipper riding skills videos. Short, sharp and sensible, they’re the antidote to the often dry and worthy vids out there. This one’s about swerving.

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 30 April 2010


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