New rider

Welcome the the MCN New Rider section, where we'll help you navigate your way from complete biking novice to confident beginner. If you're unsure how to begin your journey onto two wheels, the diagram below is for you.

This process diagram has been designed by TDL-LONDON, an information design consultancy.

  • How to avoid being dazzled by the sun

    03 December 2009 by Marc Abbott

    How to avoid being dazzled by the sun

    At this time of year with the sun low in the sky it's all too easy to be dazzled unexpectedly, but there's not enough biright sunlight around to justify a dark visor. An easy temporary fix is to put a...

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  • Just £45 for expert suspension set-up!

    02 December 2009 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Just £45 for expert suspension set-up!

    MCN's Mykel Nicolaou recently took a trip to Harris Performance to sort out his ill-handling Monster. Save £££s on motorcycle suspension parts What he found was surprising, but nowhere near as...

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  • New rider: Braking in the wet

    30 November 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    New rider: Braking in the wet

    Like most other things in life, braking in the wet is straightforward if you plan ahead. The first part of the plan is to practice applying the brakes on a traffic-free stretch of road with a...

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  • How to move your bike around on foot

    20 November 2009 by Marc Abbott

    How to move your bike around on foot

    Manoeuvring your bike is one of those tasks that's simple if you follow a few basic rules. If you're not able to get two feet flat on the floor, hop off onto the left side away from the traffic and...

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  • Ped finds the perfect exhausts for his XLV750R

    18 November 2009 by Ped Baker

    Ped finds the perfect exhausts for his XLV750R

    Alldens exhausts (01673-862286) are based less than 60 miles from where I live. They're a business specialising in custom motorcycle exhausts. I discovered them through some work they'd done with our...

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  • Top tweaks for Suzuki GSX-R1000

    18 November 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Top tweaks for Suzuki GSX-R1000

    MCN's Michael Guy has been running a 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 this year. Here are his top tips on how to make a great bike even better: Save cash on motorcycle products Video: Suzuki GSX-R1000 longterm...

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  • 33bhp Yamaha XJ6 review

    16 November 2009 by Liam Marsden

    33bhp Yamaha XJ6 review

    The £4,499 Yamaha XJ6 is Yamaha’s latest budget-middleweight bike, introduced earlier this year alongside its half-faired cousin the Yamaha Diversion. Yamaha XJ6s for sale As standard the...

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  • Basic Skills: How to check your tyre pressure

    13 November 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Basic Skills: How to check your tyre pressure

    Checking your tyres on a weekly basis is a really good habit to get into. Not only will you ensure that your bike¹s handling stays sweet, but simply crouching down to check pressures and condition of...

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  • Supertrapp exhausts for Ped's XLV750R

    11 November 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Supertrapp exhausts for Ped's XLV750R

    Deputy editor Ped Baker has just treated his money-pit XLV to a set of new Supertrapps. Here's what he says about them... "I've always loved the sound of Supertrapp silencers (www.supertrapp.com) ever...

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  • Streetfighter gets Termi treatment

    11 November 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Streetfighter gets Termi treatment

    MCN's Michael Neeves has fitted new Termignoni exhausts to his Ducati Streetfighter. Here's what he has to say about them... "Finally, my Streetfighter now sounds as good as it looks, thanks to the...

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  • Keep warm, protect against cold.

    07 November 2009 by rcraven

    If you're riding in poor weather conditions, getting colder, wetter etc. take a leaf out of the vintage motorcyclists book. Apart from slowing down, stop and have a break and a cup of tea etc. Buy a newspaper and put it under your jacket so it covers your chest, it will further insulate you against the cold weather. Also put plastic bags over your socks under your boots and get some plastic type...

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  • Basic Skills: How to pick up a motorcycle

    06 November 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Basic Skills: How to pick up a motorcycle

    Bikes are inherently unstable beasts on their two wheels and when they topple over it’s important that you know how to pick it up without damaging yourself, or your pride and joy some more. Whichever...

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  • Basic Skills: How not to stall

    06 November 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Basic Skills: How not to stall

    Stalling turns your fleet-footed steed that responds to every delicate touch, into a 150 kilo lump of metal that wants to crush your leg. But if you learn the warning signs you can pull away cleanly...

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  • Best tyres for wet weather grip

    04 November 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Best tyres for wet weather grip

    As I commute through winter on my bike, I'm interested in fitting a rear tyre that will cope with all the rain, slush and snow and still give decent grip when the weather is fine. Save £££s on...

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  • Best tyres for an 07 Yamaha R1

    04 November 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Best tyres for an 07 Yamaha R1

    I need to replace the tyres on my 2007 Yamaha R1. I don't go mad riding and it's mainly for blasts in the country and posing! Save cash on motorcycle tyres So far I've narrowed it down to Pirelli...

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  • Switching to HID bulbs for winter

    04 November 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Switching to HID bulbs for winter

    Now that winter is here I intend to change my front light on my Suzuki Bandit 650 K8 model to an HID bulb as I have found that the standard bulb is not bright enough for my winter journey to...

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  • Product advice: winter tyres for my CBF1000

    01 November 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Product advice: winter tyres for my CBF1000

    I will be putting new tyres on my Honda CBF1000 to take me through the winter, so they need to be good all-rounders. I was thinking of Bridgestone BT021s? Harry White, Belfast The Bridgestones are in...

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  • Product advice: Searching for GSX750 spares?

    01 November 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Product advice: Searching for GSX750 spares?

    I own a 1993 Suzuki GSX750 (frame no. GR78A 129332). I am trying to order spares through my local motorcycle  shop but they are telling me that the frame number does not exist. Vern Lewis, email...

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  • FAQ: What do I do if I lose my motorcycle key?

    30 October 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    These days a lot of bikes have their ignition keys coded to the ECU to make it harder for thieves to get them going. But that means you have to take extra special care of those keys because if you are unlucky enough to lose both keys you could need a new ECU at up to ₤1000. The reason is that it’s often the case that two different companies make the ECUs and ignition system and the system is...

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  • FAQ: How to handle a Failing to stop charge

    23 October 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    FAQ: How to handle a Failing to stop charge

    Some people say that when you get done for speeding you are really being punished for driving without due care because you failed to see the camera. But what happens if it was a manned speed trap and...

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  • Can you scrub in a tyre before fitting it?

    22 October 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Can you scrub in a tyre before fitting it?

    Q. I'm off to Almeria in Spain this month and have bought a set of Maxxis Supermaxx sport tyres for the occasion. Save money on motorcycle tyres Do you think it would be a good idea to use the tyres...

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