Choosing a bike

  • What you can ride under new licence laws

    30 January 2013 by MCN

    What you can ride under new licence laws

    The new licence laws, which came into effect on January 19 might seem baffling, but a grounding in smaller bikes is the foundation of brilliant riding. And there's no shortage of bikes to choose...

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  • Choosing the right bike for the right test

    30 September 2010 by MCN

    Choosing the right bike for the right test

    If you are looking for a bike to pass your test on, make sure that you purchase the right bike for the category of test you want to pass, or you could find yourself restricted to a 125 with only an A1...

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  • New rider: Parallel twins explained

    24 September 2010 by Chris Dabbs

    New rider: Parallel twins explained

    The parallel twin cylinder engine has a long history of use in motorcycles, being the mainstay of the British motorcycle industry for 50 years until the smoother, more sophisticated four-cylinder...

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  • New Rider: Why triples rock

    17 September 2010 by Chris Dabbs

    New Rider: Why triples rock

    The first ‘modern’ three-cylinder engine was an inline design built by the Triumph/BSA conglomerate back in the 1969 using their existing twin-cylinder motors, as a response to Honda’s revolutionary...

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  • New rider engine layouts: Singles

    10 September 2010 by MCN

    New rider engine layouts: Singles

    The simplest bike engine design is the single cylinder and it’s what’s fuelled generations of young and new bikers’ love affair with two wheels, as well as keeping the masses moving in poorer...

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  • New rider engine layouts: V-twins

    03 September 2010 by MCN

    New rider engine layouts: V-twins

    The V-twin engine has a long and noble history in motorcycling as it was adopted early on by manufacturers like Harley and Indian because it allowed two cylinders to be bolted into the narrow,...

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  • New rider engine layouts: Inline fours

    27 August 2010 by MCN

    New rider engine layouts: Inline fours

    The inline four-cylinder engine is the most popular layout for bikes because it combines high performance with relatively low cost. First made popular by Honda in 1970s, after they’d gained experience...

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  • New Rider: Best 33bhp bike for distance

    09 July 2010 by Chris Dabbs

    New Rider: Best 33bhp bike for distance

    Bogumil Kusiba has just passed his bike test for the 33bhp restricted licence and he wants to trade in his Honda Varadero 125. “It’s a great bike, however due to my high commuter mileage, 54 miles...

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  • Best first bike for a 50-mile commute

    16 April 2010 by MCN

    Best first bike for a 50-mile commute

    Q. I’ve finally got the nerve to do my bike test, and I’m now wishing I could have been one of the happy elite to have taken my test when I was 18, and had a man shouting at me with a clipboard some...

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  • New rider: questions to ask a seller

    19 February 2010 by MCN

    New rider: questions to ask a seller

    When you’re buying a new bike it’s easy to get carried away with the occasion and just rush to swing your leg over and get riding  But before you hand over the cash for those lovely keys, there...

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  • New rider: what to look for in a test ride

    19 February 2010 by MCN

    New rider: what to look for in a test ride

    If you’re looking at a bike to buy and you’ve given it a good once over, ask for a ride. You may have to leave the asking price in cash, or your family, or both. At the very least you should get a...

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  • 33bhp Yamaha XJ6 review

    16 November 2009 by Liam Marsden

    33bhp Yamaha XJ6 review

    The £4,499 Yamaha XJ6 is Yamaha’s latest budget-middleweight bike, introduced earlier this year alongside its half-faired cousin the Yamaha Diversion. Yamaha XJ6s for sale As standard the...

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  • Top 5 first big bikes

    26 August 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Top 5 first big bikes

    Are you new to biking and looking for a decent first big bike? You’ll be needing our guide to the top 5 used bikes for new riders.   Thinking of trading in? Sell your bike with MCN for...

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  • Top 5 125cc sports bikes

    17 July 2009 by James Keen

    Top 5 125cc sports bikes

    If you're in the market for a sporty learner bike, look no further. Thinking of trading in? Sell your bike with MCN for £9.99 Sports 125s are the stuff of teenage dreams, the kind of...

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  • New rider: Top 5 commuter bikes

    03 July 2009 by Marc Abbott

    New rider: Top 5 commuter bikes

    Are you new to biking and looking for affordable and comfortable work transport? You’ll be needing our guide to the top 5 used commuter bikes. Thinking of trading in? Sell your bike with MCN for...

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  • Buying your first bike on a budget

    26 June 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Buying your first bike on a budget

    If you are in the market for a new bike, but your budget is tight so you are heading towards one of the crop of Chinese-made bikes that have entered the market over the last few years, you need to...

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  • 5 great 125cc scooters

    12 June 2009 by James Keen

    5 great 125cc scooters

    So you've just passed your CBT and you're in the market for a decent 125cc scooter... but which one? There's so much choice out there it can be overwhelming for new riders. That's why we've short...

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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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  • 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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