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.

  • Bikers shell out £1000 a year on kit

    12 September 2008 by Michael Carroll

    British motorcyclists spend an average of almost £1,000 on kit every year, according to research by retailer Infinity Motorcycles. Shop for over 45,000 products with MCN Leather goods account for the lion’s share of the £960 per annum average spend, with riders shelling out £321 each year on jackets and jeans. Helmets were the next highest (£241), followed by textiles (£183), boots (£138), and...

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  • The best type of tyres for you

    04 September 2008 by Liam Marsden

    The best type of tyres for you

    Perhaps one of the most important things on any motorcycle is the tyres and it's important that you choose the correct type of tyres for your bike and your style of riding. If all you do is commute to...

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  • Basic Skills: Master your gearbox

    03 September 2008 by Liam Marsden

    Basic Skills: Master your gearbox

    One of the most difficult parts of riding a bike is changing gears. On a race track a bad gear change can lose you valuable seconds, on the road a botched gear change looks messy and you'll feel a bit...

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  • Get your suspension set up to suit you!

    14 August 2008 by andy deegan

    Having ridden motorcycles since the age of three, I thought there was bugger all my mucker Gaffs could tell me about bikes! But after the obligatory half a gallon of grog on a Friday night, he convinced me to stop being a m**ge bag, and part with forty quid to have my suspension set up professionally! being an engineer, I was convinced that modern bikes come out of the factory set up to almost...

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  • MCN shopping proves a huge success

    30 July 2008 by MCN Newsdesk

    MCN shopping proves a huge success

    MCN’s new online shop has gone live. The site is the first in the UK to allow riders to browse and compare the prices of more than 50,000 bike products, supplied by the country’s biggest retailers,...

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  • Adam Shorrock's motorcycle test diary

    14 July 2008 by Adam Shorrock

    Adam Shorrock's motorcycle test diary

    I passed my CBT last summer with CAM Rider and must admit I was surprised I passed. Looking back at handling my first 125cc motorcycle are memories of excruciating pain in my crotch and a thumping...

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  • 30mph limit is dangerous

    23 June 2008 by dghackett

    I believe that 70mph is the speed limit on dual carriageways. As long as you are not a hazard to others then you travel at the speed you are happy with. If 70mph is a must during your motorcycle test how can the goverment justify the 30mph limits for 50cc motorbikes and scooters?! These are allowed to use dual carrageways. HGV's are governed to 56mph max and only allowed to 40mph on unrestricted...

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  • Data Tag registration

    22 June 2008 by oldfatfart

    Hi, I bought my bike last year, it has a data tag number on it but no phone number to register it, does anyone know how to do this? please help. Thanks.

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  • Wrong oil killed my motorcycle

    15 May 2008 by Nik Pearce

    I am the proud owner of a brand new Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport and took collection of it on 1st March. Having carefully run it in I left it with Corsa Italiana in Colliers Wood for its 600 mile service. I picked it up a couple of days later rode about 50 miles and put it away. I was going to go for a ride the next day but it wouldn't start. Called breakdown recovery who turned up and got it started.

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  • Faulty luggage position on Suzuki Bandit GT

    07 May 2008 by Anonymous

    Faulty luggage position on Suzuki Bandit GT

    I have just purchased a bandit 1250 GT and when I got it home I found that you could not sit two people on the bike because of the position of the top box. It sits over the back seat and means there...

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  • SHARP helmet tests remain a work in progress

    06 May 2008 by Michael Carroll

    SHARP helmet tests remain a work in progress

    The first round of results from the Safety Helmet Assessment and Rating Program (SHARP) helmet test scheme are on-track to be published during the spring, a spokesman for the Department for Transport...

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  • 675 exhaust

    09 April 2008 by mark bignell

    Hi, bought a Triumph Daytona 675 masterclass a few months ago. Wanted to get the best exhaust sound but didn't want to lose the fantastic looks of the back end. Bought a never been used end can off ebay for £35 and set about removing the baffle. It took some doing but after cutting, bashing, butchering and welding it was sorted. Fitted it to the bike and what a sound. Took the bike to local...

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  • Video: Setting your suspension up for the track

    25 March 2008 by Michael Neeves

    Last year Michael Neeves ran his Yamaha R1 as both a road and race bike but this year, he's saving it just for track so to give him that extra edge he's getting full ohlins race suspension fitted. Check out the video below to follow Neevesy and his R1 as the shiney new kit gets fitted and gives the bike a new lease of life.

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  • KNOX chest protector

    17 January 2008 by Liam Marsden

    KNOX chest protector

    British protection specialists KNOX have responded to a recent MAID survey with the release of their chest protector. The MAID survey showed that 27% of chest injuries are critical, compared to only...

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  • Video: What happens in a motorcycle accident

    03 January 2008 by John Wakefield, Howard Boylan, Chris Slade

    In the 10th of our helmet tips series John Wakefield, from UK Arai distributor Pheonix, explains what happens to a your head and helmet in a motorcycle accident. Click here to check out the rest of the helmet tips in the series. Check out the video below to see John take you through how to get the most out of your lid then check back throughout the next two weeks to...

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  • Video: What to do if you damage your helmet

    02 January 2008 by John Wakefield, Howard Boylan, Chris Slade

    In the 11th of our helmet tips series John Wakefield, from UK Arai distributor Pheonix, explains what to do if you damage your helmet. Click here to check out the rest of the helmet tips in the series. Check out the video below to see John take you through how to get the most out of your lid then check back throughout the next two weeks to catch the rest of our Helmet...

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  • Video: How to reduce helmet noise

    01 January 2008 by John Wakefield, Howard Boylan, Chris Slade

    In the 12th of our helmet tips series John Wakefield, from UK Arai distributor Pheonix, shows you how to get rid of excess noise in your helmet. Click here to check out the rest of the helmet tips in the series. Check out the video below to see John take you through how to get the most out of your lid then check back throughout the next two weeks to catch the rest of our...

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  • Video: What happens to a helmet during a crash

    31 December 2007 by John Wakefield, Howard Boylan, Chris Slade

    In the eigth of our helmet tips series John Wakefield, from UK Arai distributor Pheonix, explains what happens to a motorcycle helmet in an accident. Click here to check out the rest of the helmet tips in the series. Check out the video below to see John take you through how to get the most out of your lid then check back throughout the next two weeks to catch the rest of...

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  • Video: How protective is an Arai helmet

    30 December 2007 by John Wakefield, Howard Boylan, Chris Slade

    In the ninth of our helmet tips series John Wakefield, from UK Arai distributor Pheonix, explains just how protective an Arai helmet is. Click here to check out the rest of the helmet tips in the series. Check out the video below to see John take you through how to get the most out of your lid then check back throughout the next two weeks to catch the rest of our Helmet tips...

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  • Video tip: How to fit a helmet properly

    02 December 2007 by John Wakefield, Howard Boylan, Chris Slade

    In the seventh of our new Helmet tips series John Wakefield, from UK Arai distributor Pheonix, explains explains the often missunderstood process of making sure your helmet fits properly. Click here to check out the rest of the helmet tips in the series. Check out the video below to see John take you through how to get the most out of your lid then check back throughout the...

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  • Video tip: What is an Arai helmet made of?

    01 December 2007 by John Wakefield, Howard Boylan, Chris Slade

    In the sixth of our new Helmet tips series John Wakefield, from UK Arai distributor Pheonix, explains what goes in to making on your helmet. Click here to check out the rest of the helmet tips in the series. Check out the video below to see John take you through how to get the most out of your lid then check back throughout the next two weeks to catch the rest of our...

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  • Video tip: Can I put stickers on my helmet?

    30 November 2007 by John Wakefield, Howard Boylan, Chris Slade

    In the fifth of our new Helmet tips series John Wakefield, from UK Arai distributor Pheonix, deals with the question of whether it is safe to put stickers on your helmet. Click here to check out the rest of the helmet tips in the series. Check out the video below to see John take you through how to get the most out of your lid then check back throughout the next two weeks to catch...

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  • Video tip: How to solve misting issues on an Arai helmet

    29 November 2007 by John Wakefield, HOward Boylan, Chris Slade

    In the fourth of our new Helmet tips series John Wakefield, from UK Arai distributor Pheonix, shows us how to solve misting problems with your helmet. Click here to check out the rest of the helmet tips in the series. Check out the video below to see John take you through how to get the most out of your lid then check back throughout the next two weeks to catch the rest...

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  • Video tip: How to adjust an Arai helmet visor

    21 November 2007 by John Wakefield, Howard Boylan, Chris Slade

    In the third of our new Helmet tips series John Wakefield, from UK Arai distributor Pheonix, shows us how to properly clean and care for your helmet. Click here to check out the rest of the helmet tips in the series. Check out the video below to see John take you through how to get the most out of your lid then check back throughout the next two weeks to catch the rest of our...

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  • Video tip: How to properly clean your helmet

    20 November 2007 by John Wakefield, Howard Boylan, Chris Slade

    In the second of our new Helmet tips series John Wakefield, from UK Arai distributor Pheonix, shows us how to properly clean and care for your helmet. Click here to check out the rest of the helmet tips in the series. Check out the video below to see John take you through how to get the most out of your lid then check back throughout the next two weeks to catch the rest of our Helmet...

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