New rider (Jan - Dec 2010)

  • How to help your pillion

    28 May 2010 by MCN

    How to help your pillion

    We all know how fantastic bikes are to ride, with their power, cornering and acceleration, but novice pillions need to be introduced gently to those powerful physical sensations if they aren’t to be...

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  • Adjusting to the bike riding experience

    21 May 2010 by MCN

    Adjusting to the bike riding experience

    If you are coming from four wheels to two for the first time, the differences can seem daunting. Cars deliver their responses to you through a myriad of different systems that use complicated...

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  • Fizing a seized lock

    21 May 2010 by MCN

    Turning the ignition on with your bike’s key should be such a simple action that will have you winging down the road in seconds. But what do you do if the key won’t turn? You don’t dare force it for fear of it snapping off in the lock, but you really, really need to get going NOW. You may need to add some lubrication, and a good lube is pencil lead. Rub the graphite up and down the key several...

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  • Remember to SORN your bike

    21 May 2010 by MCN

    Remember to SORN your bike

    These days there is more and more paperwork attached to owning a bike whether it's on the road or not. If you do decide to take your bike off the road you have to register it as off the road with the...

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  • How to clean your bike

    14 May 2010 by MCN

    How to clean your bike

    It’s Sunday morning. You were due to go for a ride, but the weather’s naff and you’ve got a hangover. So what are you going to do to spend some quality time with your baby? Clean the thing. Most of...

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  • Shaft-drive bikes vs chain-driven bikes

    07 May 2010 by MCN

    Shaft-drive bikes vs chain-driven bikes

    What are the advantages and disadvantages of shaft-drive bikes and chain-driven bikes? The major benefits of shaft-drive are lower maintenance and running costs, and cleanliness. Chain-drive bikes...

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  • Steering dampers can help on bumpy roads

    07 May 2010 by MCN

    Steering dampers can help on bumpy roads

    Bikes are designed to have very different handling characteristics, from slow, lazy steering and high stability on customs and out-and-out tourers, to fast steering, agile sports bikes. Those sports...

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  • New rider: Learning your bike's noises

    30 April 2010 by Chris Dabbs

    New rider: Learning your bike's noises

    Bikes have a disconcerting habit of rattling at different times, and it’s hard to tell whether it’s serious, or just a sign of a certain age. If it sounds like it is coming from the clutch area when...

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  • Road positioning is more important on a bike

    19 April 2010 by MCN

    Road positioning is more important on a bike

    If you flit between using a car and a bike don’t forget that you have much more choice over where you are positioned on a bike than in a car. You need to think about where you should be on the road,...

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  • Get your mates to watch you ride

    19 April 2010 by MCN

    If you’ve got biking mates, get them to watch you ride. They’ll spot some oddities to your technique that you’re not aware of. And they’ll have a great time telling you all about it…  Get a friend into biking and win £10000 for you, and £5000 for them with the MCN 1000

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  • New rider: How to get your bike lowered

    18 February 2010 by MCN

    New rider: How to get your bike lowered

    Don't let a tall seat height put you off buying the bike of your dreams - there are a number of solutions out there for shorties or those who simply want more slow speed confidence. One such option is...

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  • How much oil should my new bike use?

    10 February 2010 by MCN

    How much oil should my new bike use?

    It is not unusual for bikes to use a litre of oil per 1000 miles. Oil consumption is determined by a variety of factors, and the one the rider has the most control over is the running in. If it is run...

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  • How to adjust your chain properly

    05 February 2010 by Marc Abbott

    How to adjust your chain properly

    The first thing you've got to get right is the alignment. Check that by measuring the distance from swingarm to wheel on both sides. You can also put a straight edge against the rear tyre like a...

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  • How to get your kids started early

    05 February 2010 by Marc Abbott

    How to get your kids started early

    There are a handful of projects running around the country that give youngsters a taste of two wheels.   There’s an off-road school called the Geoff Mayes’ MX try-out (01379-852452) which...

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  • Winter riding: keep your distance

    29 January 2010 by MCN

    Winter riding: keep your distance

    If you’re riding through your first winter, one thing that often gets forgotten is the need to leave more space between you and the vehicle in front. If your ABS-equipped car is the only experience...

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  • How to plan your first ride on a sports bike

    21 January 2010 by Marc Abbott

    How to plan your first ride on a sports bike

    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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  • Block your exhaust over winter

    15 January 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Block your exhaust over winter

    Multi-cylinder bikes will always have one set of valves open when they are stopped. If you’re storing your bike over the colder months, to stop moisture creeping up the exhaust into the combustion...

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  • Look after your fuel this winter

    15 January 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Look after your fuel this winter

    If it’s your first winter since you passed your test, and you’ve laid your bike up until the spring, you want to be doubly sure your fuel won’t deteriorate. To do this, brim the tank to stop...

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  • How to tune your bike

    08 January 2010 by Chris Dabbs

    How to tune your bike

    If you've had your new bike for a while and you want to start 'tuning' it, one of the simplest ways is to alter the gearing by changing the front/rear sprockets. If you lower the gearing that will...

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