Getting a licence & training

  • Video: Learning to ride

    03 July 2013 by MCN

    We have a varied array of rider experience here at MCN HQ - but one thing that we all share is a love of motorcycling! This means that when you're new to the office and you need to pass your biking tests there can be quite a lot more pressure on you than usual. So naturally - just to add a little more stress - we decided to film the whole thing... Hopefully it will offer those of you who are...

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  • How to get your motorcycle licence

    18 January 2013 by Steve Farrell

    How to get your motorcycle licence

    The new bike test regulations that are in effect from January 19 2013 may seem so complicated you need a separate qualification just to understand them. But MCN is here to help. Just follow our simple...

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  • Jennie Gow blog: I've passed my bike test!

    28 July 2010 by Jennie Gow

    Jennie Gow blog: I've passed my bike test!

    I'm on a Honda GR 125, the sun is streaming off the River Thames and I have a massive smile on my face as I look down at my Speedo and realise I've just passed the 50mph mark for the very first...

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  • Performing an emergency stop

    23 July 2010 by MCN

    Performing an emergency stop

    An emergency stop can so easily become a panic response and end in tears with one or both wheels locking up and you either hitting the floor or the obstacle you were trying to avoid in the first...

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  • The dreaded U-turn

    23 July 2010 by MCN

    The dreaded U-turn

    One of the trickier manoeuvres to master when you’re starting out on bikes is the U-turn. Not only are you crossing two flows of traffic, but also you’ve got kerbs or grassy banks limiting your space...

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  • Taking your test abroad

    02 July 2010 by MCN

    Taking your test abroad

    Planet Earth is a village these days and some Brits like David Barnett are taking their tests overseas. “I have just become a biker and I am living in Brisbane at the moment, although I’m from London.

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  • New rider: Going from auto to full licence

    25 June 2010 by Chris Dabbs

    New rider: Going from auto to full licence

    If you have an automatic bike licence and your two-year 33bhp probation is over, there are a couple of options to get a full manual bike licence, depending on your age. If you are under 21 years you...

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  • How to corner with confidence - part 5

    31 December 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    How to corner with confidence - part 5

    Here's the final key to supreme cornering, the final part of our five-section guide ­ accelerating out of the bend. STAGE FIVE Accelerate: You've leant the bike into the corner with a smooth,...

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  • New rider: corner with confidence, part two

    18 December 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    New rider: corner with confidence, part two

    Now you've read the road ahead to get a good idea of what's in store, it's time to get yourself in the correct position to tackle it. STAGE TWO Position: This is making sure that you have moved...

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  • New rider: corner with confidence, part one

    17 December 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    New rider: corner with confidence, part one

    Cornering with confidence is one of the great joys of riding a bike. Setting yourself up for the bend, picking your moment to lean the bike into the turn, then powering out smoothly and progressively...

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  • Basic Skills: California Superbike School review

    23 September 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Basic Skills: California Superbike School review

    Don’t be scared – it’s not in California and it’s not just for superbike riders. MCN’s Laura Kennerley went on a ladies-only training day to learn the finer points of cornering, and realised everyone...

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  • Basic Skills: Bikewise rider training review

    17 September 2009 by Laura Kennerley

    Basic Skills: Bikewise rider training review

    What is it?  BikeWise Rider Training in County Durham What does it cost? £35 for County Durham and Darlington residents for 2:1 training, for non-Durham residents it costs £150 for 1:1 tuition...

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  • CBT: How to choose a training centre

    02 September 2009 by Marc Abbott

    CBT: How to choose a training centre

    In years gone by, choosing where you'd complete your CBT and bike training/test was a simple matter of opening the yellow pages and opting for any of several firms offering training in your area. But...

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  • Module 1 Test complaint

    27 August 2009 by Julie Wood

    I am a new rider! I recently passed my mod 1 test for the 5th time, so you can imagine how pleased I felt, only to be told that because my theory was expiring the next day my mod 1 certificate would only be valid til 12pm that night. So I would have to go and take my theory then come back again to re-do my mod 1. I was not made aware of this at any time by my training school...

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  • Module 1 tips

    18 August 2009 by Jimmycathcart

    Sorry Albert but I have just passed my module 1 test and found it to be fairly straight forward. Although I was doing direct access test using an ER5N I was clocked at 62kph for the hazzard avoidance and 70kph for the emergency stop bringing the bike to a controlled stop with ease. I understand using a bigger bike with more powerful engine and brakes might make it easier to reach...

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  • Module 1 swerve test

    13 August 2009 by alisha161102

    The module 1 test can be passed. I am a chunky old bloke on a twist and go 125cc scooter and managed to pass this module. I not bragging about it, but i spent ages working it out that i needed to take the corner at about 25 mph to build up the speed to 32mph. On watching others who failed the swerve test, they were just going to slow around the bend and could not build up the speed intime. So...

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  • New test fiasco

    17 July 2009 by Kev

    What an absolute disgrace. Never able to book module 1. Weeks and weeks of waiting, no complaints department for the DSA. Though it would be the busiest line in the place. On one occassion they e-mailed a test slot on the very day of the test itself! E-mail recieved at 09:39 test at 10:16 Something has to be done. Maybe blockade the MPTC's nationally or anything to let these wasters know we've had...

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  • Practical Test: module two sites

    14 July 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Practical Test: module two sites

    Module two of the riding test is the final hurdle between being a learner and a possessing a full bike licence. Unlike module one of the test, module two is completed on the road. It involves a road...

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  • Practical Test: module one test sites

    14 July 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Practical Test: module one test sites

    If you’ve passed your CBT and theory test you are ready to start training and sign up for your bike test.  This is now completed in two parts. Module one takes place on an off-road site and...

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  • The new motorcycle test is a joke

    13 July 2009 by Albert Adams

    I have finally given up trying to pass this module 1 motorcycle driving test after falling off practicing. I cannot believe that the DSA have accepted a European standard which requires learner riders to exceed the Uk 30mph basic speed limit in order to pass. Apart from my injuries sustained off road practicing I have heard about many other learner riders being injured trying to pass this...

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  • Swerve test over-exaggerated

    06 July 2009 by Ben O'Rourke

    Do you remember all the hoo-hah in the media over the swerve test? and how 'so many' people have crashed attemting the manouvre? Well it's rubbish! I sat module one this morning in wet conditions (bright sunlight after very heavy rain) and I passed it no problem. I am by no means the worlds best rider, I've been riding for just over a year and had no training for the module 1 test. It's...

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  • Mod 1 test

    03 July 2009 by Jack Buechler

    It took me three attempts to pass this module. So I thought I would give some simple advice, which actually is totally obvious to get through it. This note assumes a big bike - 500CC etc. 1. Don't take the module unless you have practised it in the same environment - use a training school that has the space and facilities. I chose Elite in Wembley, London who use one of the stadiums overflow...

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  • The ridiculous M1 test

    02 July 2009 by Brian T

    With regard the new bike test, I have 'attempted' my module 1 test today and failed for clipping the blue cone on the avoidance manoeuver. Through all my training, I have been confident and in control and have not expeienced any problems and am 'gutted' to be asked to leave the test centre for this infraction. While I understand the reasoning behind this particular exercise, i.e. avoiding an...

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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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