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.

  • Which bike intercom to go for

    15 October 2009 by MCN

    If you're struggling to decide on which bike intercom will suit your purposes, struggle no longer as our web community gives its combined advice... Buy intercoms from the MCN online shop here Oaksey says: I'm looking for an intercom system for general rideouts and touring. Does anyone have any suggestions what a good system should have and what make I should be looking at? critch2203: From...

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  • How to dismantle your forks

    15 October 2009 by Marc Abbott

    How to dismantle your forks

    If you're struggling to follow your Haynes manual or are simply new to home spannering and need a helping hand, this Youtube clip will see you through the process of dismantling your forks. Save £££s...

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  • Tyre advice: Tyres for road and track use

    15 October 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Tyre advice: Tyres for road and track use

    Q. My Ducati 1000S is due a new set of tyres after 6500 miles on the original Phantoms. Can you recommend a good replacement for fast road use with the odd track day. I don't use the bike in the...

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  • Tyre advice: Tyres for commuting in winter

    15 October 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Tyre advice: Tyres for commuting in winter

    Q. 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 cash on...

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  • Glove review: Alpinestars GPX

    09 October 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Glove review: Alpinestars GPX

    Alpinestars GPX Glove £79.95 Miles covered/time: 6000/4 months What’s good? Whenever I wear these ‘shortie’ gloves it means one thing: I’m somewhere nice and hot! Save money on motorcycle gloves I’ve...

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  • Luggage review: Oxford Deluxe Tailpack

    09 October 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Luggage review: Oxford Deluxe Tailpack

    Oxford Deluxe Tailpack £89.99 (£80.99 in MCN shop) Miles covered/time: 4200/three months What’s good? This fits easily and securely onto the back of my Streetfighter, but I have to make sure I pull it...

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  • Product review: Michelin road maps

    09 October 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Product review: Michelin road maps

    Michelin road maps £4.49 Miles covered/time: 50,000/seven years What’s good? Sat navs are good for finding a tricky address or location, or if you have to be somewhere fast, but there’s nothing like a...

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  • FAQ: Where can I get legal advice?

    09 October 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    FAQ: Where can I get legal advice?

    Getting all your documentation in order so you’re legal on the road can seem very complicated when you start out. But if you click here, the process for getting your various certificates and...

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  • Product review: Aerostich Ultralight trousers

    09 October 2009 by Ped Baker

    Product review: Aerostich Ultralight trousers

    Aerostich Ultralight trousers Miles covered/time: 1000 / two months What’s good: So simple, so brilliant. Waterproof trousers that fold into their own pocket and pack small enough to stash into a...

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  • When to replace your rear tyre

    08 October 2009 by Marc Abbott

    When to replace your rear tyre

    Could you please advise whether the rear tyre on my track R1 is still useable. It has had a couple of very hard days at the track, the last being around the Brands GP circuit. Save money on...

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  • Fitting tricky grips: an update

    08 October 2009 by MCN

    Fitting tricky grips: an update

    Hello, just read your Q&A about getting grips on to handlebar ends (September 16). Save money on handlebar grips Lighter fluid (naptha) works a treat ­ just squirt it liberally all round the...

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  • Product advice: Which sat nav to go for?

    08 October 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Product advice: Which sat nav to go for?

    I'm new to the motorcycle world hence the email! My boyfriend is looking at getting a sat nav for his bike at some point but I was thinking of getting him one for Christmas. Save money on sat...

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  • Exhausts from £34 on the MCN Shop!

    08 October 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Exhausts from £34 on the MCN Shop!

    If you needed any more evidence that the MCN shop is the place to head for quality kit, check this link out. Owners of Suzuki's TL1000S can pick up a Remus slip-on exhaust for £34! Obviously you'll be...

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  • FAQ: Can I put stickers on my helmet?

    02 October 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    FAQ: Can I put stickers on my helmet?

    So you've bought your first motorcycle helmet, or inherited one from a friend or family member. The first question many riders ask in the flush of excitement that comes with passing a CBT is 'can I...

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  • How to find a helmet that fits

    02 October 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Every wandered into a shop and had no clue how to tell if the helmet you were given by the salesman was a good fit? Compare and buy motorcycle helmets MCN's easy-to-understand video guide will ensure you don't buy something that's totally unsuitable.

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  • How to stop a tankbag damaging your bike

    02 October 2009 by MCN

    How to stop a tankbag damaging your bike

    TronBiker: I have been using a magnetic tank bag. Have noticed however that it has left a white mark on my tank that I can't remove. I have heard using a rubber cover underneath can work. Prepare...

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  • Tyre advice: Cause of stepped wear in tyres

    02 October 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Tyre advice: Cause of stepped wear in tyres

    Q. I have a problem in that my tyres - particularly the rear - wear in 'steps'. A clear step down develops across each groove. Compare and buy motorcycle tyres This has happened on my last two bikes...

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  • Products advice: Upgrading my headlight

    02 October 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Products advice: Upgrading my headlight

    Q. I have a Yamaha XJR1300 and the stock headlight is rubbish. It's not bright enough to be visible during the day and makes night riding a bit tricky so I want to put a brighter bulb in there. What's...

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  • FAQ: How do I make a claim for poor service?

    01 October 2009 by Marc Abbott

    If you have had loads of grief with a bike you've just bought from a dealer, with some faults and a prolonged wait for parts it is sometimes possible to reject the bike. However, in order for there to be a right of rejection under the Sale of Goods Act, the goods must be sufficiently faulty in that they are either a) not fit for purpose or b) not of satisfactory quality. If you've suffered loss of...

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  • Helmet review: Arai Freeway

    01 October 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Helmet review: Arai Freeway

    Arai Freeway open face helmet £179.99 (£169.99 on MCN Shop) Miles covered/time: 10,000/5 years. What’s good? I’ve worn this on a Harley-Davidson across Australia, on holiday in southern Europe and on...

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  • Trouser review: Ixon Evil jeans

    01 October 2009 by Andy Downes

    Trouser review: Ixon Evil jeans

    Ixon Evil jeans, £139.99 (£125.99 on MCN shop) Miles covered/time: 2500/six months What’s good? I wear these on my commute to work and for short trips on the basis that they offer more protection than...

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  • Trouser review: Dainese SF Pelle

    01 October 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Trouser review: Dainese SF Pelle

    Dainese SF Pelle leather pants £289.99 Miles covered/time: 20,000/18 months What’s good? These zip to my Dainese jacket, so get close to providing the kind of protection you’d expect from full...

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  • Jacket review: Dainese Gran Premo Pelle

    30 September 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Jacket review: Dainese Gran Premo Pelle

    Dainese Gran Premo Pelle Jacket £399.99 Miles covered/time: 6000/4 months What’s good? Dainese are brilliant at making motorcycle leather jackets. They’re stylish, fit beautifully and I can...

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  • FAQ: How do I build my mechanical knowledge?

    25 September 2009 by Marc Abbott

    FAQ: How do I build my mechanical knowledge?

    You can save tons of your hard-earned cash and really increase your enjoyment of biking if you begin to build up your technical knowledge of how your bike works. We've collated a selection of sites...

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  • Fitting new exhaust to GSX750

    23 September 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Fitting new exhaust to GSX750

    Q. I have a 2002 GSX750F K2 and the exhaust has corroded on the silencer at that entry to the downpipe. Compare and buy motorcycle exhausts The question is can I fit any aftermarket can (slip-on)...

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  • Best all-weather tyres for Kawasaki ZX-10R

    23 September 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Best all-weather tyres for Kawasaki ZX-10R

    Q. I have a 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R currently fitted with Bridgestone BT016s. They are fantastic tyres, however can you suggest some tyres suitable for winter road riding? Compare and buy motorcycle...

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  • Converting a sports bike to tourer

    23 September 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Converting a sports bike to tourer

    Tired of the racing crouch on your sports bike? MCN's problem solving community has the answer on our forums... Compare and buy motorcycle products JBCompetes: I have a 2001 Fireblade that I threw...

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  • Basic Skills: California Superbike School review

    23 September 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Basic Skills: California Superbike School review

    Don’t be scared – it’s not in California and it’s not just for superbike riders. MCN’s Laura Kennerley went on a ladies-only training day to learn the finer points of cornering, and realised everyone...

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  • Basic Skills: Bikewise rider training review

    17 September 2009 by Laura Kennerley

    Basic Skills: Bikewise rider training review

    What is it?  BikeWise Rider Training in County Durham What does it cost? £35 for County Durham and Darlington residents for 2:1 training, for non-Durham residents it costs £150 for 1:1 tuition...

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  • FAQ: Important legal tips for new riders

    17 September 2009 by Marc Abbott

    FAQ: Important legal tips for new riders

    Filtering It is NOT illegal to filter through traffic (travel between lanes of stationary or slow moving vehicles), but you do take on the chance of increased liability if you are involved in an...

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  • Dunlop Qualifier RRs pass the toughest test

    16 September 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Dunlop Qualifier RRs pass the toughest test

    I've just returned from a 3200-mile trip to Spain and back on my Ducati Streetfighter, and the Dunlop Qualifier RRs I'd fitted worked like a dream. Compare and buy motorcycle tyres They offered the...

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  • How to fit tricky new grips

    16 September 2009 by Marc Abbott

    How to fit tricky new grips

    Presuming you've already tried plenty of soap, WD40 or brute force, try this... If you can bear to ride your bike to a tyre depot or garage forecourt on bare metal bars, then you can insert...

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