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Dabbsy's TT blog: The first few days

Saturday“It was 20 years ago today”, the Beatles’ timeless lyrics seemed appropriate as I weaved through Liverpool to catch the ferry to the Isle of Man for practice week, especially as it was 20 years since my last visit to the Island. Then, I was riding FireBlades and GSXRs road-testing on MCN until a big crash stuck me in a ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • TT & road races
  • 30 May 2013

Bike Chooser: Sub-£4000 all-rounder

"I’m looking for a used bike under £4000 that can do a bit of everything, commute and a long weekend away with the missus. If it's already got a top box or Givi rack even better."Chris Icke, Nottingham The One to BuyKawasaki Versys 650£2899-£6999 Chris has only been riding for a year so he’s going to need a rider-friendly bike ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 29 March 2013

Motorcycle insurance: What to do if they won't cover you

Matthew Colbourne lives in Hertfordshire and works in London. He started biking in 2005 at the age of 42, buying a KTM 950 Adventure and immediately became hooked - clocking up 15,000 miles a year and eventually selling his car for lack of use.   Save £££ on motorcycle insurance with MCN Compare In 2008 July he bought a KTM Super ...

  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • Insurance advice
  • 03 December 2010

New rider: Avoiding punctures

There are a few things you can do to combat the risk of punctures. First of all, try to avoid the areas of the road that debris collects in. That tends to be between opposing lanes, around traffic island and close to the gutter where any tat gets flicked up by other traffic. So, if you spend a lot of ...

  • New rider
  • 03 December 2010

Save on insurance with MCN Compare

After being with Devitts insurance for three years, insuring his Blackbird with them on a fully comp policy, Kevin Nash decided to change to a Kawasaki ZZR1400. Get a motorcycle insurance quote now “I pay my policy in full every year and it had cost me £225 six months ago. When I phoned Devitts and told them about the change ...

  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • Insurance advice
  • 17 September 2010

How do I know my brake pads will suit my discs?

I would like to fit Ferodo Sintergrip road ST HH brake pads to my 2000 Yamaha R6. But Ferodo say the discs must be stainless steel or cast iron for their pads to be suitable. I have emailed Yamaha UK, but they say they don’t have information on the exact material composition for the brake discs. How can they not ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 11 May 2010

How to insure a track day bike

If you have a track day or race bike that you want to keep covered against theft between days out, but which isn't road-legal (so you can't get it covered on a usual policy) then specialist motor sports insurance broker Lockton can help. Save cash on motorcycle insurance with MCN Compare The good news is Lockton has reduced the rates ...

  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • Insurance advice
  • 17 December 2009

New rider: How to perform a U-turn

A U-turn is the real-life use of all those slow speed skills you have built up by practicing in deserted car parks and on your riding course. It's also one of the most common fails during the test, for both observation and control. Turning across the flow of traffic in both directions means that good observation is key throughout the ...

  • New rider
  • 10 December 2009

How to insure an unknown bike!

There are lots of new cheap and cheerful Chinese and Taiwanese copies of Japanese learner-class bikes on the market at the moment, but the insurance industry has struggled to keep up with this new wave and buyers either find their insurer has either never heard of the bike, or want to insure it as a “Hongsow 123” a completely different ...

  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • Insurance advice
  • 30 November 2009

FAQ-What is the speed limit on a dual carriageway

Dual carriageway speed limits can catch out the unwary rider. They are subject to the national speed limit of 70mph unless there is another speed limit displayed which will be 50,40 or 30mph. However, if the road has street lighting the limit is 30mph unless signs show otherwise. For more legal advice visit - Legal Help

  • New rider
  • 13 November 2009

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