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: Stop your bike backfiring

    01 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. Mh Honda VT750C Ace has had a backfiring problem for the 3000 miles I’ve owned it. All Bran sorted a similar personal problem and I was wondering if you had a cure? It runs fine and the plugs look normal. It happens more on a gentle overrun, like slowing down...

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  • Clothing advice: Keeping the sun out

    01 May 2009 by MCN

    At this time of year with the low sun a great easy tip is to put a strip of parcel tape at the very top of your visor, when riding into the sun it allows some defence to being dazzled. Scott Cockayne, Wolverhampton

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  • Bike accessory advice: Quickshifters

    24 April 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. Of the many type of quickshifters available common sense would suggest that the type to cut off the fuel injectors (power commander?) rather than ignition would be preferable. Also the full electronic over the relay type? As MCN does not appear to have done any...

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  • Bike accessory advice: Raising the back

    24 April 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Bike accessory advice: Raising the back

    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 got a 1990 Yamaha FZR1000 as a budget bike to get...

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  • Technical advice: Using the correct oil

    20 April 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 recently bought a new Ford Fiesta and I decided to give it an oil and filter change. My local Ford Dealer supplied Ford oil with a rating of API-SL and five litres at a cost £6.00. I also run several bikes, from a Suzuki Van Van to a Triumph...

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  • Tyre advice: Best tyres for CB1000R

    20 April 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Tyre advice: Best tyres for CB1000R

    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. Dear Chris, which tyes would you recommend for a...

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  • Clothing advice: Custom leather jackets

    16 April 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Clothing advice: Custom leather jackets

    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'd like to get a leather jacket made with some...

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  • Clothing advice: Cleaning your visor

    09 April 2009 by Rob Hull

    Clothing advice: Cleaning your visor

    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 commute all year round so my visor gets extremely mucky.

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  • Bike accessory advice: Aftermarket indicators

    09 April 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 have cracked a front indicator on my Yamaha R6 and I want to know whether I can fit a set of aftermarket flush-mounted indicators instead. Is it legal to use side repeaters and does the light need to be projected forward? Jeff Miller, Bournemouth A.

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  • Technical advice: Loosening corroded bolts

    09 April 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. want to replace the standard exhaust system on my 12,000 mile Kawasaki ZX-7R with an aftermarket system, but all the fixing nuts and bolts are corroded solid. I managed to get the larger collector box nuts off with WD40 and a long extension on the socket,...

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  • Bike accessory advice: Improving the brakes

    03 April 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Bike accessory advice: Improving the brakes

    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 want to uprate the brakes on my 2002 Suzuki GSF600...

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  • Technical advice: Sorting a misfiring engine

    27 March 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Technical advice: Sorting a misfiring engine

    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 got a 1985 BMW K100RT which has been misfiring for...

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  • Clothing advice : Loud helmet

    25 March 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Clothing advice : Loud helmet

    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. My helmet is really noisy, a friend suggested that...

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  • Bike accessories advice: Mirror extensions

    21 March 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Bike accessories advice: Mirror extensions

    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...

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  • First time bikes for tall riders

    21 March 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    First time bikes for tall riders

    Q. I am due to take the Direct Access Scheme and test in a couple of weeks. Once I pass, I am looking to buy an all-rounder middleweight. However, being a tall bloke - 6'4", I...

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  • Tyre advice: Changing wheels for the right tyre

    21 March 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Q. I am missing out on so many good tyre deals because my 1998 RRW Fireblade has got a 16 inch front wheel that I want to switch to a 17 incher. Will a VFR800/Hornet wheel drop straight in? Andy Kent, e-mail A. It is possible to change the front wheel of a Fireblade from 16 to 17 inches. If the bike is a 1992-1996 model it will take the same wheel and discs that are fitted to CBR600s and...

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  • Technical advice: Fuel problems with my carb

    16 March 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. My 1992 Honda PC800 starts well from cold, ticks over beautifully and usually pulls away smoothly on small throttle openings. However as soon as I open the throttle wider it coughs and backfires through the carbs until I close it down again. As it gets warmer,...

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  • Technical advice: Fixing a dodgy battery

    16 March 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Technical advice: Fixing a dodgy battery

    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 Kawasaki ZX-6R has had a new battery and...

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  • Clothing advice: heated gloves

    13 March 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Clothing advice: heated gloves

    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 can't wait to get out on the roads and start...

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