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.

  • Technical advice: Stalling on downshifts

    01 June 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Technical advice: Stalling on downshifts

    MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I got a Ducati Monster 1100S a couple of weeks ago and I...

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  • Naked or faired for a first bike?

    27 May 2009 by MCN

    Naked or faired for a first bike?

    MCN's problem-solving community has the answers to most biking queries you could imagine. Here, they help a newbie with new bike choice... Ziqnzoq: I passed my test last week and am now thinking about...

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  • Suspension advice: Yamaha 2003 R1

    27 May 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Suspension advice: Yamaha 2003 R1

    MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I'm experiencing problems with the back end of my standard...

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  • Readers vote Shoei top helmet

    27 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Readers vote Shoei top helmet

    Shoei's XR1000 has been voted best for comfort and best overall helmet over £400 in our MCN Biking Britain survey. To join 12,000 other readers in making your voice heard, click here to enter the...

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  • Keeping rain off your visor

    26 May 2009 by andybiker

    Regarding keeping rain off your visor, the best way is to use a V-Wipe. No, not the sponge in a bag that helps you keep it clean but a rubber sheath complete with windscreen wiper-like blade that you slip over your gloved finger. I think it's made by Bob Heath. Brilliant!

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  • FAQ: Should I warm up my bike before a ride?

    22 May 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    FAQ: Should I warm up my bike before a ride?

    MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. Could you please clear something up for me? My DAS instructor...

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  • Kit: Finding motorcycle clothing for large riders

    22 May 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I’ve jsut passed my test and I’m eager to get going, but I’m stumbling across a few problems finding kit to fit. I’m of the oversized group and I am finding it very hard to find the gear I need in my size. I know I have a few options, like go on a crash...

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  • Product advice: Keeping rain off your visor

    21 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. My summer gloves can't shift the rain off my visor - is there anything else I can use? A. Try giving your visor a coat of Raincoat - it claims to waterproof your visor, making it harder for water droplets to stick to it. Also, an alternative method of shifting...

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  • How to find a helmet that fits

    21 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    How to find a helmet that fits

    Different brands of helmet seem to fit different shapes of head, and there’s little to be gained from splashing out on the latest top-end race rep if your head is going to rattle around in it. Follow...

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  • Tyre advice: Touring tyres on a trackday

    20 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Tyre advice: Touring tyres on a trackday

    MCN expert Marc Abbott is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I've recently fitted a pair of Dunlop Roadsmarts to...

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  • Bike accessory advice: Removing scratches

    20 May 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Bike accessory advice: Removing scratches

    MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I’ve scratched the screen of my BMW R1100RT. Watch can I do...

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  • Technical advice: Oil light problem

    20 May 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Technical advice: Oil light problem

    MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert hereQ. I am getting the oil pressure warning light come on...

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  • Technical advice: Trouble selecting neutral

    15 May 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Technical advice: Trouble selecting neutral

    MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. It's become really difficult to select neutral on...

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  • Product advice: Paint for fairing panels

    15 May 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Product advice: Paint for fairing panels

    MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I went sliding down the road recently on my Suzuki...

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  • Parts advice: Mirror extensions

    15 May 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I need some mirror extensions for my CBR600F, does anyone know who makes them. Phil Walden, Gosport A. A VFR Owners Club member from Hatfield, Pete Morgan, manufactures and supply mirror extensions for several Honda models including VFRs, CBR600s and...

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  • Basic Skills: Changing gear smoothly

    15 May 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Basic Skills: Changing gear smoothly

    MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. All the good riders I know can change gears really...

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  • Clothing advice: Keeping out the draft

    14 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Clothing advice: Keeping out the draft

    MCN expert Marc Abbott is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I've got a two-piece textile suit which is quite warm but...

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  • Tyre advice: The best tyres for a Hayabusa

    14 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Tyre advice: The best tyres for a Hayabusa

    MCN expert Marc Abbott is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I’ve just got a mint Suzuki Hayabusa which is great...

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  • Bike accessory advice: The coolest exhausts

    08 May 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Bike accessory advice: The coolest exhausts

    MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. Can I fit a race can to my Honda Hornet 600 which won’t...

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  • Clothing advice: 2-piece suits on a budget

    08 May 2009 by Rob Hull

    Clothing advice: 2-piece suits on a budget

    MCN expert Rob Hull is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Compare and buy motorcycle leathers Q) Dear Rob, I want...

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  • Taking care of tyres after a trackday

    07 May 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Taking care of tyres after a trackday

    Tyre manufacturers have developed specific tyres for specific purposes, so doing a trackday on tyres designed as as a sports touring tyre will hammer them on the track. However, they won't have...

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  • Suspension advice: Knocking front end

    06 May 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Suspension advice: Knocking front end

    MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. My Yamaha Fazer 1000 has developed an occasional...

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  • Technical advice: Oil light problems

    05 May 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. Are there any common faults with the oil pumps on 1996 Kawasaki ZX-6Rs? I have just done an oil change but I think mine has packed in because the oil light won’t go out? Mike Else, e-mail A. I hope you haven’t done any miles on it because if the pump...

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  • Tyre pressure advice from Avon

    05 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Tyre pressure advice from Avon

    Avon Tyres is advising us to check our tyre pressures ahead of the long motorcycling summer. Compare and buy motorcycle tyres Peter McNally, Avon Tyres’ Technical Product Manager for Motorcycle tyres...

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