New rider (July 2009)

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    As our so-called ‘Barbeque Summer’ has been replaced by another deluge it’s well worth knowing the correct procedure for dealing with standing water on two wheels.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

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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

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  • 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...

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  • 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

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