New rider

Welcome the the MCN New Rider section, where we'll help you navigate your way from complete biking novice to confident beginner. If you're unsure how to begin your journey onto two wheels, the diagram below is for you.

This process diagram has been designed by TDL-LONDON, an information design consultancy.

  • How to get your knee down

    16 May 2017 by MCN News

    How to get your knee down

    Getting your knee down is often seen as the holy grail for many motorcyclists, and you'll never forget the first time your knee slider scrapes against the tarmac. That said it's not something every...

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  • Top 125cc motorcycles

    05 May 2017 by MCN News

    Top 125cc motorcycles

    When looking to get your first motorcycle, you can often find yourself overwhelmed with choice and it can sometimes be a daunting prospect looking at machines and not knowing what exactly you’re...

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  • Each engine has its own characteristics

    20 April 2017 by Chris Dabbs

    Each engine has its own characteristics

    When you first start out, chances are that you will go through several changes of bike, from a small capacity two-stroke scooter, to a 1000cc inline four, 900cc V-twin or 675cc triple. Each engine has...

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  • Video: MOD 1 bike test, see how it's done

    12 April 2017 by Ped Baker

    Video: MOD 1 bike test, see how it's done

    You've read the books, done the training and talked to your friends who've been through the convoluted process of passing their bike test but there's no substitute to actually seeing it done. YouTuber...

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  • Thinking about your observation

    09 April 2017 by James Archibald

    Thinking about your observation

    Observation is a key element of piloting any vehicle, but it’s importance while riding a motorcycle is far more prominent. As drivers become increasingly distracted by their phones, what hope do we...

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  • 5 affordable 125cc bikes for new riders

    28 March 2017 by MCN News

    5 affordable 125cc bikes for new riders

    Bikes for saleSometimes choosing your first motorcycle can be a nightmare, especially if you don’t know where to start with it all. Some will want the sportiest machine they can afford, others will just want...

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  • 'Mum, Dad - I want to ride a motorbike'

    23 March 2017 by Rupert Paul

    'Mum, Dad - I want to ride a motorbike'

    Andy Morrison, former boss of Rapid Training, had a saying about new motorcycle riders: “You start out with a full bag of luck and an empty bag of experience. The trick is to fill the experience bag...

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  • New 125cc bikes for 2017

    07 March 2017 by MCN News

    New 125cc bikes for 2017

    Among all the announcements of 200bhp+ headline grabbing sportsbikes and Starship Enterprise-spec adventure bikes it's easy to overlook the bikes that will undoubtedly sell the most - the new 125cc...

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  • 7 things to consider when commuting

    02 March 2017 by James Archibald

    7 things to consider when commuting

    Commuting by bike can be brilliant, not only because it will generally take less time to get to and from work, but also because it will often cost less and is better for the environment. Plus it's...

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  • Don't forget about resale value

    05 January 2017 by MCN News

    Don't forget about resale value

    Everybody loves a bargain and it's easy to just opt for the cheapest example of something, be it a motorcycle or a TV. But when it comes to motorcycling you also have to think about resale value, and...

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  • Video: Protect your bike this winter

    23 December 2016 by MCN News

    Video: Protect your bike this winter

    Once you've got all the thick, horrible winter road grime off your pride and joy you'll need to make sure you protect it, to keep corrosion over the winter months down to a minimum. Follow the steps...

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  • Hibernate your bike this winter

    20 December 2016 by RiDE magazine

    Hibernate your bike this winter

    Planning on hibernating your bike this winter? Storing a bike well takes the same meticulous level of preparation as braving the elements. Read on for top tips from RiDE magazine on how to do it...

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  • High street bargains for Christmas

    02 December 2016 by MCN News

    High street bargains for Christmas

    As fun and enjoyable as motorcycling is, it's not always the cheapest hobby. Bikes aren't cheap, and neither is motorcycle-specific gear, especially if you want the best stuff. But for some things,...

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  • Bargain hunt: Sub-£3000 naked 125s tested

    30 November 2016 by Liam Marsden

    Bargain hunt: Sub-£3000 naked 125s tested

    Ten years ago, at the age of 16, there were only two bikes I wanted once I turned 17. The Aprilia RS125 - which was the bike to have back then - or Yamaha's DT125X supermoto. What did these two bikes...

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  • Get a student discount on rider training

    18 November 2016 by James Archibald

    Get a student discount on rider training

    Learn for less with an NUS card Kawasaki UK will launch their Kawasaki Rider Training scheme (KRTS) at Motorcycle Live tomorrow and are offering NUS-card holding students a £15 discount. TOP...

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  • Get On two wheels for free in 2017!

    14 November 2016 by MCN News

    Get On two wheels for free in 2017!

    This weekend Get On were at the Carole Nash MCN Festival of Motorcycling getting people of all ages and sizes on motorbikes and scooters for the first time.  Get On brings its free ride...

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  • Top 125 scooters

    14 October 2016 by MCN News

    Top 125 scooters

    When it comes to practicality and ease-of-use the scooter is king. A clumsy clutch lever and gears are out, replaced with twist-and-go power and underseat storage for your helmet or shopping. While...

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  • Give your pillion VIP treatment

    30 September 2016 by MCN News

    Give your pillion VIP treatment

    So you've discovered biking and you've fallen in love with it. Naturally you want your mates to experience the unique thrill that comes with riding a bike, but they can't just go out and ride one, so...

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  • How to deal with cold weather

    24 September 2016 by MCN News

    How to deal with cold weather

    That's it, summer's over. Put the bike in the garage under the heated blanket and leave it to catch its breath until Spring next year, right? Well, you can do that or you can kep riding through the...

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  • 5 ways Trials riding can help new riders

    03 September 2016 by MCN News

    5 ways Trials riding can help new riders

    Whether you're a road rider or enduro, Trials riding experience days are a great way to learn or simply enhance crucial bike skills. And if you've never ridden before Trials is the introduction...

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  • Are aftermarket throttle grips any good?

    19 August 2016 by MCN

    Are aftermarket throttle grips any good?

    Q. Riding home tonight I was aware of a slight twinge in my throttle hand (nothing major) which set me wondering about my grips and the angle of the clip-ons. It feels like I was gripping (not...

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  • How to use a paddock stand on my own?

    12 August 2016 by Tony Hoare

    How to use a paddock stand on my own?

    How can I safely use a paddock stand on my own? "I recently purchased a rear paddock stand for my Honda NC750X. Unfortunately, my wife isn't confident holding the bike in an upright position for me to...

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  • Top A2 licence sportsbikes

    27 July 2016 by MCN News

    Top A2 licence sportsbikes

    The new Honda CBR250RR could be the most desirable A2 licence-friendly sportsbike on the market, but at the moment Honda has no plans to bring it into the UK or Europe. In lieu of the CBR250RR below...

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  • Top 125 bikes: Sportsbikes

    14 July 2016 by MCN News

    Top 125 bikes: Sportsbikes

    Naked bikes are easy to use and practical, but what self-respecting 17-year-old cares about practicality? All that matters at that age is looking fast, which is where our top 125cc sportsbikes come...

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  • Top 125 bikes: Nakeds

    05 July 2016 by MCN News

    Top 125 bikes: Nakeds

    The 125cc market is a huge part of the motorcycle industry. It's not only made up of teenagers at the beginning of their two-wheel journey, but also commuters looking to beat city traffic. Head into...

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  • Video: How to ride a motorcycle in the rain

    24 June 2016 by Ped Baker

    Video: How to ride a motorcycle in the rain

    As you've proabably already noticed, the British summer is quickly turning into another damp squib. The chances of running into a few sharp showers is high and if you're inexperienced in wet weather...

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  • Video: The perfect MOD 2 bike test pass

    17 June 2016 by MCN News

    Video: The perfect MOD 2 bike test pass

    You’ve left your CBT and Motorcycle Theory Test long behind you by now…your Module 1 was only a few weeks ago and you passed with flying colours… NOW comes the  big one. You’re preparing for...

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  • Herald Rambler 250 first ride

    24 May 2016 by Jon Urry

    Herald Rambler 250 first ride

    Herald describe themselves as a British company that designs, builds and creates stylish, yet simplistic, vintage-themed motorcycles. And there is a refreshing honesty about the way they conduct their...

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  • 125cc best-sellers go back to school

    20 May 2016 by Andy Davidson

    125cc best-sellers go back to school

    You’re looking at the UK’s most important machines – the best sellers. And they’re record breakers for a reason because they’re the new– and urban – riders’ bikes of choice. These are the machines...

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  • A2 licence group test: The light brigade

    15 April 2016 by Adam Child

    A2 licence group test: The light brigade

    Not so long ago, learner bikes were perceived as nondescript, you weren’t part of the club as a newbie. Low-capacity bikes – by which we mean sub-500cc – were shrugged-off by mainstream bikers. I...

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  • Learn new skills with Kawasaki and BikeSafe

    04 March 2016 by MCN News

    Learn new skills with Kawasaki and BikeSafe

    Kawasaki Motors UK and BikeSafe are extending their partnership to continue offering the BikeSafe Off Road Skills courses run by Kawasaki Off Road Experience partners. The course is designed to show...

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