New rider (Jan - Dec 2009)

  • Master the art of riding at night

    28 September 2017 by Adam Child

    Master the art of riding at night

    Riding at night can be very satisfying with the roads less crowded and distractions swallowed up in the dark, but you have got to take some extra precautions to make it safe as well as...

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  • New rider: How to ride in a snowstorm

    31 December 2009 by Marc Abbott

    New rider: How to ride in a snowstorm

    If the roads are white with snow you are best off leaving the bike at home. But if you get caught out by a sudden weather change and you've no choice, here are some tips to keep you rubber side...

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  • New rider: How to perform a U-turn

    10 December 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    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,...

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  • New rider: How to filter safely

    10 December 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    New rider: How to filter safely

    There's a great deal of pleasure to be had from filtering past hundreds of frustrated car and lorry drivers. You are in charge of your own destiny and over time you are saving days of your life to do...

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  • How to claim against a rubbish training centre

    10 December 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    How to claim against a rubbish training centre

    The vast majority of training firms out there give great service to trainee riders, but there are always a few who fall down, maybe by adding on extra charges buried in the small print or lending you...

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  • How to touch up paint on the cheap

    03 December 2009 by MCN

    How to touch up paint on the cheap

    If you are unlucky enough to damage your bike's paintwork it can sometimes be pretty hard to get hold of the paint from the dealer network to carry out the repairs yourself. But there are two...

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  • How to avoid being dazzled by the sun

    03 December 2009 by Marc Abbott

    How to avoid being dazzled by the sun

    At this time of year with the sun low in the sky it's all too easy to be dazzled unexpectedly, but there's not enough biright sunlight around to justify a dark visor. An easy temporary fix is to put a...

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  • New rider: Braking in the wet

    30 November 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    New rider: Braking in the wet

    Like most other things in life, braking in the wet is straightforward if you plan ahead. The first part of the plan is to practice applying the brakes on a traffic-free stretch of road with a...

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  • How to move your bike around on foot

    20 November 2009 by Marc Abbott

    How to move your bike around on foot

    Manoeuvring your bike is one of those tasks that's simple if you follow a few basic rules. If you're not able to get two feet flat on the floor, hop off onto the left side away from the traffic and...

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  • Basic Skills: How to check your tyre pressure

    13 November 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Basic Skills: How to check your tyre pressure

    Checking your tyres on a weekly basis is a really good habit to get into. Not only will you ensure that your bike¹s handling stays sweet, but simply crouching down to check pressures and condition of...

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  • Keep warm, protect against cold.

    07 November 2009 by rcraven

    If you're riding in poor weather conditions, getting colder, wetter etc. take a leaf out of the vintage motorcyclists book. Apart from slowing down, stop and have a break and a cup of tea etc. Buy a newspaper and put it under your jacket so it covers your chest, it will further insulate you against the cold weather. Also put plastic bags over your socks under your boots and get some plastic type...

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  • Basic Skills: How to pick up a motorcycle

    06 November 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Basic Skills: How to pick up a motorcycle

    Bikes are inherently unstable beasts on their two wheels and when they topple over it’s important that you know how to pick it up without damaging yourself, or your pride and joy some more. Whichever...

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  • Basic Skills: How not to stall

    06 November 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Basic Skills: How not to stall

    Stalling turns your fleet-footed steed that responds to every delicate touch, into a 150 kilo lump of metal that wants to crush your leg. But if you learn the warning signs you can pull away cleanly...

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  • FAQ: What do I do if I lose my motorcycle key?

    30 October 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    These days a lot of bikes have their ignition keys coded to the ECU to make it harder for thieves to get them going. But that means you have to take extra special care of those keys because if you are unlucky enough to lose both keys you could need a new ECU at up to ₤1000. The reason is that it’s often the case that two different companies make the ECUs and ignition system and the system is...

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  • FAQ: How to handle a Failing to stop charge

    23 October 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    FAQ: How to handle a Failing to stop charge

    Some people say that when you get done for speeding you are really being punished for driving without due care because you failed to see the camera. But what happens if it was a manned speed trap and...

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  • FAQ: Where do I meet fellow bikers?

    17 October 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    FAQ: Where do I meet fellow bikers?

    Any rider these days is spoilt for choice when it comes to an event to visit like a big bike meet. Just start by clicking on the 'riding and events' tab on the home page here and you can soon see if...

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  • FAQ: Where can I get legal advice?

    09 October 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    FAQ: Where can I get legal advice?

    Getting all your documentation in order so you’re legal on the road can seem very complicated when you start out. But if you click here, the process for getting your various certificates and...

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  • FAQ: Can I put stickers on my helmet?

    02 October 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    FAQ: Can I put stickers on my helmet?

    So you've bought your first motorcycle helmet, or inherited one from a friend or family member. The first question many riders ask in the flush of excitement that comes with passing a CBT is 'can I...

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  • FAQ: How do I make a claim for poor service?

    01 October 2009 by Marc Abbott

    If you have had loads of grief with a bike you've just bought from a dealer, with some faults and a prolonged wait for parts it is sometimes possible to reject the bike. However, in order for there to be a right of rejection under the Sale of Goods Act, the goods must be sufficiently faulty in that they are either a) not fit for purpose or b) not of satisfactory quality. If you've suffered loss of...

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  • FAQ: How do I build my mechanical knowledge?

    25 September 2009 by Marc Abbott

    FAQ: How do I build my mechanical knowledge?

    You can save tons of your hard-earned cash and really increase your enjoyment of biking if you begin to build up your technical knowledge of how your bike works. We've collated a selection of sites...

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  • FAQ: Important legal tips for new riders

    17 September 2009 by Marc Abbott

    FAQ: Important legal tips for new riders

    Filtering It is NOT illegal to filter through traffic (travel between lanes of stationary or slow moving vehicles), but you do take on the chance of increased liability if you are involved in an...

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  • FAQ: what do I do if my bike won't start?

    11 September 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    FAQ: what do I do if my bike won't start?

    If your bike is cutting out mysteriously, especially when you try to select a gear or pull away for the first time, check out the sidestand cut-out switch. It sits in a very exposed position low on...

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  • Mod 1 test

    10 September 2009 by Anonymous

    I sat the Mod 1 test Sept 2009. Yes of course I was nervous, it was a test. However, all went well until the hazard avoidance exercise. I was too slow on the 1st attempt, 49kmph, so was sent around for another attempt. I was told by instruction and by other bikers not to look at the speedo as I would know how fast I would be going due to the noise of the bike in 2nd gear. This was...

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  • Motorcycle Safety: How safe is riding a bike?

    09 September 2009 by Rupert Paul

    Motorcycle Safety: How safe is riding a bike?

    If you’re starting out, this has got to be a question looming large in your mind – and if not yours, then definitely the mind of your nearest and dearest. The short answer is: riding a bike does...

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  • Motorcycle Safety: avoiding common accidents

    07 September 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Motorcycle Safety: avoiding common accidents

    The most common accidents that we bikers get involved in are collisions at junctions, collisions while overtaking, loss of control, either from a shunt or, and, surprise, surprise, failing to get...

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