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.

  • 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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  • Try a bike for free at Motorcycle Live

    22 November 2016 by Liam Marsden

    Try a bike for free at Motorcycle Live

    Still looking for your first taste of two wheels? If you get yourself to Motorcycle Live before the end of the week you'll be able to take a free taster session courtesy of Get On. TOP STORIES Bike...

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

    10 June 2016 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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  • 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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  • Coping with extreme cold

    17 December 2015 by Simon and Lisa Thomas

    Coping with extreme cold

    Riding in cold weather can be more dangerous than in hot. As your body redirects your blood to protect vital organs our brains fall into 'emergency-mode' and sensible cognitive thought becomes a...

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  • Video: Protect your bike this winter

    08 December 2015 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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  • Video: Keep your bike clean this winter

    25 November 2015 by MCN News

    Video: Keep your bike clean this winter

    Winter certainly feels like it's here already, and the roads are already noticeably grimier, which means dirtier bikes, even after a quick ride to the shops. Keeping your bike clean and free of grime...

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  • Stay visible this winter

    03 November 2015 by MCN News

    Stay visible this winter

    The nights are drawing in, and for most people it's now dark on the way home from work. If as a new rider you've never ridden in the dark, it can be quite a daunting prospect, especially if you add in...

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  • The route to getting your licence

    13 October 2015 by MCN News

    The route to getting your licence

    The motorcycle licence system in the UK can be confusing and daunting at first, depending on your age and riding experience.  The interactive flow chart here will make your journey to getting...

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  • A2 licence sportsbike group test

    29 September 2015 by Andy Davidson

    A2 licence sportsbike group test

    Yamaha’s new YZF-R3 has KTM’s RC390 and Kawasaki’s Ninja 300 in its sights. To find out if it has what it takes to be the king of the A2 sportsbikes, we take all three for a thrashing on road and...

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  • Video: Learning to ride

    03 July 2013 by MCN

    We have a varied array of rider experience here at MCN HQ - but one thing that we all share is a love of motorcycling! This means that when you're new to the office and you need to pass your biking tests there can be quite a lot more pressure on you than usual. So naturally - just to add a little more stress - we decided to film the whole thing... Hopefully it will offer those of you who are...

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  • Shoei XR1100 wind noise

    31 May 2013 by Paul Smith

    I ride a Yamaha FZ6 which I have had for approx 4 years, during that time I had a Nolan Intergrale. Never once did I think about wearing earplugs with this helmet. I then booked a track day for later in the year and found I needed an helmet with the appropriate certification. I bought a Shoei XR1100 from Hein Gericke in Leicester, who were very good with fitting and care of my new helmet. The...

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  • What you can ride under new licence laws

    30 January 2013 by MCN

    What you can ride under new licence laws

    The new licence laws, which came into effect on January 19 might seem baffling, but a grounding in smaller bikes is the foundation of brilliant riding. And there's no shortage of bikes to choose...

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  • How to get your motorcycle licence

    18 January 2013 by Steve Farrell

    How to get your motorcycle licence

    The new bike test regulations that are in effect from January 19 2013 may seem so complicated you need a separate qualification just to understand them. But MCN is here to help. Just follow our simple...

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