New rider (October 2010)

  • 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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