New rider (Jan - Dec 2010)

  • 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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  • Know your bike's oil consumption

    10 December 2010 by MCN

    Know your bike's oil consumption

    Just because a bike uses oil doesn’t necessarily mean that it has a problem. For a long time now, bike makers have designed engines with under piston oil feeds. These are there to cool down the piston...

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  • New rider: Avoiding punctures

    03 December 2010 by Chris Dabbs

    New rider: Avoiding punctures

    There are a few things you can do to combat the risk of punctures. First of all, try to avoid the areas of the road that debris collects in. That tends to be between opposing lanes, around traffic...

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  • Getting used to your bikes noises

    25 October 2010 by MCN

    Getting used to your bikes noises

    Bike engines will make a variety of noises, hardly surprising with several hundred metal parts whizzing round thousands of time a minute. If you are worried about the mechanical noises coming from...

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  • youngest to have a full bike licence?

    22 October 2010 by richard summers

    youngest to have a full bike licence?

    I thought i would drop you this email, to let you know if interested that I was 17 on the 2nd october, where i pre booked my theory and passed then got a cancelation for mod 1 then passed,...

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  • Nerves and the bike test

    16 October 2010 by Dave Neale

    I have ridden bikes on and off since 1964. I took the old style test in 1967 and failed on 2 minor'ish points. I did not take it again regrettably. As I did not want to carry a pillion passenger and my 250 was quick enough at the time. Each decade since, I have gone back to bikes but unfortunately 125. I have always had an ambition to gain my full licence. So in May this year I did the CBT, and...

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  • Repairing damaged wheels

    15 October 2010 by MCN

    Repairing damaged wheels

    If you’ve kerbed a car wheel you’ll know what sort of mess it does to the rims, but you can keep driving most of the time. Damage an alloy wheel on a bike and it will ruin the bike’s handling and...

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  • Tubes and tubeless tyres

    07 October 2010 by MCN

    Tubes and tubeless tyres

    Tubeless tyres have several advantages over tubed tyres and are far more numerous on today's bikes. Among those advantages are that they run cooler, so can cope with higher performance and give longer...

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  • Getting into motorcycles, aged 43

    04 October 2010 by John Finningham

    My Biking experience is fairly new. At the tender age of 43 after just passing my DAS test I bought a 650 Bandit (new) and have at the time of writing this done just 211 miles. My previous biking history stems back to when I was around 14 upon joining a school motorcycle club. Trial sidecar. I learnt to ride on an old Francis Barnet and those school memories are the only ones I enjoy. A few...

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  • Big bike tips for the vertically challenged

    01 October 2010 by MCN

    Big bike tips for the vertically challenged

    Getting your first big bike can be a daunting experience, especially if you are below average height. Once you’ve gained confidence on big bikes the need to get both feet flat on the floor is largely...

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  • Fitting a new chain

    24 September 2010 by Chris Dabbs

    Fitting a new chain

    If you are thinking of changing your chain there are a few things you should consider. You can get more out of it, if you keep it scrupulously lubricated and adjusted through its life, ideally with...

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  • Pre-2001 Licence categories

    10 September 2010 by MCN

    Vehicle tests have become more complex over the years with several modules and more extensive theory tests. Full motorcycle licence holders who’ve held their licences pre-2001, also have a B1 classification which allows them to use “Motor tricycles / quad cycles, 3 or 4 wheeled vehicles with an un-laden weight not exceeding 550kg”. Armed with this category they do not have to take the car theory...

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  • Aftermarket exhausts

    10 September 2010 by MCN

    Aftermarket exhausts

    Switching to an aftermarket exhaust is an obvious choice if you want to change the look, sound or performance of your bike. But you do have to consider a few things before you splash the cash. First...

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  • Securing your bike on a ferry

    27 August 2010 by MCN

    Securing your bike on a ferry

    If you are heading abroad on the ferries it’s important that you are able to tether your bike down properly in the hold in case of rough weather. Park it so it is almost leaning against the deck wall...

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  • Position yourself correctly

    20 August 2010

    Position yourself correctly

    Getting yourself in the right position in the lane of the road you are travelling on is a vital skill that keeps you safe and lets you make good progress. The greatest risk to you is other road users,...

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  • How do you know your tyres are warmed up?

    20 August 2010 by MCN

    How do you know your tyres are warmed up?

    With your contact on terra firma reliant on two hand-sized patches of rubber it’s hard to know when your bedded-in tyres are up to operating temperature, but there are a couple of factors that will...

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  • How to tell when your tyres need replacing

    13 August 2010 by MCN

    How to tell when your tyres need replacing

    The obvious visual sign that your tyres are worn are when the tread becomes so shallow that tread wear indicators, which are small raised areas at the bottom of the main tread grooves, have reached...

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  • How to fit earplugs

    13 August 2010 by MCN

    How to fit earplugs

    Part of the attraction of riding a bike is being in touch with the elements around you, not cut off in a little steel box. But one of those elements, wind noise, can be distracting and damage your...

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  • New rider: what was that noise?

    06 August 2010 by MCN

    New rider: what was that noise?

    When you get your first big bike, it can take some time to get used to all the mechanical noises that it makes, and they can seem quite worrying at first. If you're on a tight budget and your new bike...

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  • New bike dos and don'ts

    30 July 2010 by MCN

    New bike dos and don'ts

    When you've got your first bike there are a few add-on dos and don'ts. Do consider fitting a hugger. It will keep the back of your bike cleaner and looks neat. Don't just fit any old loud pipe. Quite...

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  • Getting used to your first big bike

    30 July 2010 by MCN

    Getting used to your first big bike

    So, you’ve hunted through the ads, visited the dealers and sat on loads of bikes in showrooms, even managed to persuade a dealer to take you out on the pillion and you've splashed four figures on your...

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  • New Rider: Slow speed shimmy

    09 July 2010 by Chris Dabbs

    New Rider: Slow speed shimmy

    If you are new to biking there are lots of fresh sensations to get to grips with, from leaning into bends, to the front dipping under braking or that pull on your arms as you accelerate hard. One...

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  • Checking your new bike has a SORN

    02 July 2010 by MCN

    If you have bought a bike and applied for SORN at the same time, you should receive a new logbook and confirmation of its SORN status too. But if you can’t find the SORN paperwork anywhere, you can check the date of liability for your bike via http://www.taxdisc.direct.gov.uk or by calling vehicle enquiries on 0300 790 6802.  Get a friend into biking and win £10000 for you, and £5000 for...

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  • How to avoid a SMIDSY

    02 July 2010 by MCN

    How to avoid a SMIDSY

    No one likes crashing and it can dent your confidence and bank balance as well as injuring you. Here’s how to avoid one of the most common accidents, a SMIDSY (“Sorry Mate I Didn’t See You”) when...

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  • Plan your first ride with care

    25 June 2010 by MCN

    Plan your first ride with care

    You’ve passed your test, bought the kit and blown all your hard-earned on your dream bike. Now it’s time to go for your very first ride. And that needs preparation. If you passed your test by the...

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  • Taking care of your chain

    18 June 2010 by MCN

    Taking care of your chain

    There are two types of chain used on bikes. Off-roaders and commuter bikes up to 125cc use chains made of metal only, other road bikes use O-ring chains. O-ring chains have small rubber seals between...

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  • Sorting out your confidence

    18 June 2010 by MCN

    Sorting out your confidence

    Confidence isn't just a 'preference of the habitual voyeur' as Blur would have it, but arguably one of the most vital parts of a rider's armoury. Building it up as you start out, without straying into...

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  • New Rider: How to ride safely on a motorway

    11 June 2010 by Chris Dabbs

    New Rider: How to ride safely on a motorway

    Motorways may be boring to ride on, but they are the safest roads in Britain despite the high speeds and vast volumes of traffic that use them. This is because they traffic joining them filters on...

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  • How to push a motorcycle

    04 June 2010 by Chris Dabbs

    How to push a motorcycle

    It’s hard to believe when you are tipping your bike into a bend with the merest fingertip pressure on a bar, that your bolide weighs a couple of hundred kilos. But when you’ve got to push it into the...

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  • How to tell if you have a puncture

    04 June 2010 by Chris Dabbs

    How to tell if you have a puncture

    The tubeless tyres that are fitted to the vast majority of bikes these days are more puncture-resistant than tyres with inner tubes and don’t tend to suffer from the rapid deflation that is a...

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  • How to push your bike around

    04 June 2010 by MCN

    How to push your bike around

    It’s hard to believe when you are tipping your bike into a bend with the merest fingertip pressure on a bar, that your bike weighs a couple of hundred kilos. But when you’ve got to push it into the...

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  • Tubeless tyres and punctures

    04 June 2010 by MCN

    Tubeless tyres and punctures

    The tubeless tyres that are fitted to the vast majority of bikes these days are more puncture-resistant than tyres with inner tubes and don’t tend to suffer from the rapid deflation that is a...

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  • Differences between bike and car engines

    28 May 2010 by MCN

    Differences between bike and car engines

    If you have come from the four-wheeled world it is easy to forget that motorcycle engines need more care and attention than car engines as they rev a lot higher with much greater power to capacity...

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