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: Fixing gear selectors

    09 March 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Technical advice: Fixing gear selectors

    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 own a Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja on a 2001...

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  • Everything you need for a bike rally

    06 March 2009 by Marc Potter

    Everything you need for a bike rally

    Torches, sleeping bags, stoves, tents. The MCN Shop has everything you’ll ever need for a summer of bike rallies (except maybe a guaranteed hangover cure). With torches for the price of a pint and...

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  • Clothing advice: Iridium visors for pillions

    05 March 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Clothing advice: Iridium visors for pillions

    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 you help settle an argument between my girlfriend...

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  • Bike accessories advice: Aftermarket bulbs

    04 March 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Bike accessories advice: Aftermarket bulbs

    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 don’t want to get nicked for using a coloured headlight...

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  • Tyre advice: Sports touring tyres

    03 March 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Tyre advice: Sports touring tyres

    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 had my Honda VFR800 FIX for ten months and its...

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  • Tyre advice: Scrubbing new tyres in

    03 March 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Tyre advice: Scrubbing new tyres in

    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 heard new bike tyres need to be “scrubbed in”. What...

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  • Technical advice: Kawasaki ZZR400 carb icing

    02 March 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Technical advice: Kawasaki ZZR400 carb icing

    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. As soon as the weather gets a bit cold my Kawasaki ZZR400...

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  • Suspension advice : Yamaha Thundercat

    02 March 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Suspension advice : Yamaha Thundercat

    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 just bought an '03 Yamaha Thundercat in pristine...

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  • Tire advice : Honda CB1000 Big One tires

    02 March 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Tire advice : Honda CB1000 Big One tires

    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 ride a Honda CB1000 Big One, its rear tyre is a...

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  • Technical advice : Aprilia air filters

    02 March 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Technical advice : Aprilia air filters

    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 read numerous forum postings about de-restricting an...

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  • Suspension advice: Fork internal problems

    20 February 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Suspension advice: Fork internal problems

    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. My Yamaha Fazer 1000 has developed an occasional knocking...

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  • Clothing advice: Jackets for the larger man

    20 February 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Clothing advice: Jackets for the larger man

    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 been desperately trying to purchase a lightweight Gore...

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  • Long life tyres for the Kawasaki ZX-10R

    20 February 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Long life tyres for the Kawasaki ZX-10R

    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 a Kawasaki ZX-10R and do around 160 miles a day on it.

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  • Oxford heated grips problem fixed

    16 February 2009 by Anonymous

    I bought Oxford Hot Grips at the NEC show, but like most people never kept the receipt. They failed after just 2 months and initially Oxford just said buy a new switch. After reading comments on forums, this appears to be a common fault. However I called Oxford again and spoke to an excellent member of their staff named Charlotte. She has done everything she...

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  • Suspension advice: setting up your rear shock

    13 February 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Suspension advice: setting up your rear shock

    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 a 2006 Speed Triple 1050 which I absolutely love.

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  • Bike accessories advice: ACF50

    13 February 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Bike accessories advice: ACF50

    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. A number of weeks ago I spotted an article in your weekly...

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  • Clothing advice: Choosing a back protector

    13 February 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Clothing advice: Choosing a back protector

    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 a Dainese leather jacket with a Backspace G back...

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  • Acumen Cat 1.1 smallest in UK

    30 January 2009 by Michael Carroll

    Acumen Cat 1.1 smallest in UK

    Acumen claims its latest motorcycle alarm is the smallest available in the UK. The Acumen Cat 1.1 alarm and immobiliser measures 112x56x32mm, and meets the Thatcham Category 1 standard. Compare and...

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  • 70mph & the U turn

    28 December 2008 by Anonymous

    After 30 years of driving a car I went back to 2 wheels, did my CBT & DAS, the instruction was perfect - the trainee struggled. CBT was a bit of an eye opener & made me realise how over relaxed my driving was (I drive about 35K miles annually),no problem with braking angears but even on the 125cc the U turn was going to be my nemisis - but got through the day thoroughly enjoying every...

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  • My bike test report

    18 December 2008 by Anonymous

    Like most, I too decided to spend a small fortune and do the DAS course with a company in Southend-on-sea. The first day was taken up with the CBT which I found quite easy. I havent ridden a bike for nearly 20 years so I was pleased with how at ease I felt. All was good with the figure of 8, U-turns, emergency stop etc. Even out on the road I felt very confident. After the first day and passing...

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  • Dual purpose tyres for the Yamaha TDM

    04 December 2008 by frankp

    I own a year 2000 build TDM 850, live in Bribane Australia and ride as often as I can. My TDM has done over 120,000km and has given no trouble. I ride nearly every day and usually do a 500km loop somewhere around southern Queensland or Northern New South Wales on a Sunday. I like riding off road a bit, not trail work obviously with a TDM but gravel roads etc because it is more interesting. The...

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