New rider (Jan - Dec 2009)

  • Road surface in test areas

    01 September 2009 by Anonymous

    I am doing my test in a couple of weeks time so I went to my local centre to see what way it was set up and run. It had been a wet morning but the sun had come out and dried most of the test area but trees had prevented a spot from drying out. The candidate was carrying out the emergency stop and had failed to reach the required speed and was sent back to try again. As he approached the second...

    Read more ...
  • A1 or A2 machine

    29 August 2009 by roadstar47

    A1 or A2 machine

    Here is the link to the DSA website showing the 125 rating catagories for different models of bikes. Strangely the YZF-R125 is not listed.

    Read more ...
  • What category licence is a Suzuki Intruder 125?

    27 August 2009 by offen

    I have a 10 year old Suzuki Intruder 125. I want to take my module 1 bike test but I have been ask to produce a certificate of comformity, as this bike is not on the examiners list. Otherwise the examiner will have to assume category A1 licence, and I want a standard licence What is this and how do I obtain this information.?

    Read more ...
  • Make sure you get up to speed on the new test

    24 August 2009 by Bike4Life

    I did my module 1 at Erith, and got no minors, but I failed by 1 mile an hour! I could not believe it! Even a speed camera would not detect me travelling 1mph over the speed limit! They really need to consider scrapping this module 1 as it is a waste of time and is clearly a new scheme to make money. Did they not think of doing the speed maneoveure in a 40mph zone? Clearly a way to make money...

    Read more ...
  • Module 1 completed!

    23 August 2009 by retrorider

    Well done to everyone who has recently passed their module 1 test. I passed on the 9th August on my second attempt. My firt test ended in disaster after falling off the bike during the swerve section. That however, made me even more determined to pass and I practiced as often as I could in car parks and on quiet streets. I downloaded the course dimensions from the DSA website and marked the swerve...

    Read more ...
  • Passing module 1

    18 August 2009 by Les Hopper

    I passed my mod 1 test yesterday, no real problems other than initial nervs, all I can say is train with a good riding school with area to practice mod 1. Practice over and over till your confidence and skills are good, keep your nerves under controll on the day and listen to the examiners instructions. The swerve test is not a problem as long as you are prepared and riding skills are...

    Read more ...
  • FAQ: Bike security tips - lock it or lose it

    14 August 2009 by Marc Potter

    FAQ: Bike security tips - lock it or lose it

    UK bike security firm Tracker has urged motorcyclists to keep bikes locked this summer and offered top tips for new riders to make sure your bike doesn’t get stolen.  Compare and buy motorcycle...

    Read more ...
  • FAQ: How to check wheel alignment

    14 August 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    FAQ: How to check wheel alignment

    Checking the wheel alignment on your bike is an essential skill, especially if you have removed the wheels to fit new tyres or chain and sprockets. The first thing you need is a straight edge and an...

    Read more ...
  • Basic Skills: How to deal with heavy rain

    30 July 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Basic Skills: How to deal with heavy rain

    As our so-called ‘Barbeque Summer’ has been replaced by another deluge it’s well worth knowing the correct procedure for dealing with standing water on two wheels. If you hit a patch of standing water...

    Read more ...
  • Basic Skills: bike controls explained

    29 July 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Basic Skills: bike controls explained

    Anyone who's ridden a bicycle will be familiar with one of the controls of a motorcycle. The front brake lever is mounted on the right handlebar and operates the brake caliper(s) mounted on the...

    Read more ...
  • FAQ: Common myth about speed traps

    17 July 2009 by MCN

    One of the common myths about speed traps is that the police officers have to wear fluorescent clothing and be on show. The facts are that police officers do not have to wear specific clothing when engaged in roads policing or provide any other warning of their presence. Assuming they caution you correctly at the road side you just have to take the points and fine.  Do you have any...

    Read more ...
  • FAQ: How to get oil off your hands

    17 July 2009 by MCN

    If you're trying to get oil off you hands properly after your first go at home maintenance, but you haven't got a decent hand cleanser around, use washing up liquid and put a dab of washing powder in your hands. Further reading: Motorcycle FAQ

    Read more ...
  • What to do if you lose your provisional license

    17 July 2009 by MCN

    If you have lost your provisional licence, don't worry too much - you are entitled to continue riding while waiting for a duplicate licence. Entitlement to ride or drive runs from the date the first licence was issued, and isn't dependant on you having the actual licence in your possession. The new licence should arrive within 15 working days of the application being received at...

    Read more ...
  • Check before you buy

    09 July 2009 by Marc Abbott

    A good tip when you’re buying your first used bike is to always scan the paperwork to see whether the shims have been checked and take a good look at the steering head bearings as they are often insufficiently greased from the factory. Further reading: Find your ideal motorcycle

    Read more ...
  • Motorcycle Safety: Get started young

    26 June 2009 by Marc Abbott

    A field bike and a patch of grass was many a teenage new rider's introduction to bikes, but these days there are a few schemes dotted around the country, many run by local authorities that give youngsters a taste of two wheels. The Auto Cycle Union has a list of national schemes. Contact Debbie Walmsley: 01788-540519.   The best way to build up your skills from an early age is to enter...

    Read more ...
  • 125cc motorcycles information centre

    15 June 2009 by MCN

    125cc motorcycles information centre

    Welcome to the launch centre for 125cc motorcycles, encompassing everything from cheap 125cc scooters to the newest and fastest 125cc sportsbike. Here you'll be able to find everything you wanted to...

    Read more ...
  • FAQ: Petrol station etiquette

    11 June 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    FAQ: Petrol station etiquette

    It¹s a sad fact that bikers are lumped in with armed robbers at petrol stations and can¹t get served until they've taken their crash helmet off. But what to do if it's a flip-front lid and you still...

    Read more ...
  • FAQ: How do I clean my motorcycle gloves?

    11 June 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    FAQ: How do I clean my motorcycle gloves?

    If your bike gloves smell sweaty when warm and make your hands stink you can do something about it. If they are leather with a man-made lining turn them inside and hand wash them with some detergent...

    Read more ...
  • FAQ: Should I warm up my bike before a ride?

    22 May 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    FAQ: Should I warm up my bike before a ride?

    MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. Could you please clear something up for me? My DAS instructor...

    Read more ...
  • Basic Skills: Changing gear smoothly

    15 May 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Basic Skills: Changing gear smoothly

    MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. All the good riders I know can change gears really...

    Read more ...