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Motorbike Advice

Your one-stop shop for all motorbike advice, including how-tos, getting a motorcycle licence, servicing, maintenance and more.

Find out which bikes and kit you should be choosing in our expertly curated Best section.

For those looking to learn how to ride a motorbike, head to our Learning to Ride hub, where we cover all you need to know about getting into this wonderful lifestyle.

If you've already got going, check out our Riding Tips section for the best guides and top techniques.

Looking for somewhere to go? Don't miss our Places to Visit area for some ideas for your next rideout.

And when you get home, learn how to look after your bike in our Bike Maintenance hub.

  • Learning to ride a motorbike: your MCN hub

    14 October 2019 by Gareth Evans

    Learning to ride a motorbike: your MCN hub

    Welcome to MCN's hub linking everything you need to know about learning to ride a motorbike. Below we list all of the guides and bike information you need, and if you're looking to start your...

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  • Best cruiser motorbikes of 2019

    10 October 2019 by Phil West

    Best cruiser motorbikes of 2019

    Take the easy rider route with MCN's best cruiser motorcycles. American-style cruisers and customs may not be for everyone, as they emphasise States-style rumbling and leather-clad posing over sporty...

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  • The best naked motorbikes of 2019

    02 October 2019 by Phil West

    The best naked motorbikes of 2019

    Before sports bikes gained racer-replica bodywork, touring machines required weather-beating full fairings and even adventure machines donned screens, beaks and all manner of plastic add-ons, all...

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  • Britain's best loved motorbikes

    30 September 2019 by Emma Franklin

    Britain's best loved motorbikes

    There are over 917,000 motorcycles (above 249cc) currently licensed to legally roam the highways and byways of the UK’s road network. But while the new bike stats tell a story that could easily...

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  • Best adventure motorbikes of 2019

    23 September 2019 by Phil West

    Best adventure motorbikes of 2019

    Although adventure bikes such as BMW’s definitive R1250GS were conceived to be capable of conquering continents, as famously portrayed in Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s TV series 'Long Way...

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  • The Motorcycle Diaries turns 15

    27 August 2019 by MCN News

    The Motorcycle Diaries turns 15

    The Motorcycle Diaries was first shown in the UK 15 years ago today. The perfect excuse to rewatch? This coming-of-age road movie documents the journey taken by 23-year-old medical student, Ernesto...

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  • How to pass your full UK motorbike A licence

    22 August 2019 by MCN News

    How to pass your full UK motorbike A licence

    Getting a full motorbike licence in the UK - known as a category A - opens the door to one of the most exciting and liberating experiences going, but doing so can seem offputtingly complicated. Never...

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  • MCN's August Bank Holiday events guide

    21 August 2019 by MCN News

    MCN's August Bank Holiday events guide

    The August Bank Holiday weekend offers bikers a chance to get out and about at some great events, and it’s looking a lot like the weather is going to play ball for a lot of us as well. In this article...

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  • Peter Fonda, 1940-2019

    19 August 2019 by Jordan Gibbons

    Peter Fonda, 1940-2019

    Peter Fonda, the star of the iconic motorcycle film Easy Rider, has died aged 79. Fonda had a long and varied career, however it was his depiction of Wyatt in the cult 1969 road movie that he was...

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  • The UK's best biker cafés

    15 August 2019 by Richard Newland

    The UK's best biker cafés

    The best motorbike cafés in the UK are places to meet, eat and socialise with likeminded people who love motorcycles. Latest biker café news: Hartside Café to become biker paradise So it stands to...

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  • Cornering a motorbike with confidence

    10 August 2019 by MCN News

    Cornering a motorbike with confidence

    Cornering is one of the most exciting parts of riding a motorbike but it’s also a tricky part to get right and is where most accidents happen. This can be because riders try to corner faster by...

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  • How to pass your motorbike theory test

    08 August 2019 by MCN News

    How to pass your motorbike theory test

    The theory test is the second element of passing your full motorbike licence, occuring before the two practical modules and after the CBT. Related: everything you need to know about learning to...

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  • Best electric motorbikes of 2019

    08 August 2019 by MCN News

    Best electric motorbikes of 2019

    It’s time to take electric motorbikes seriously. In 2016, Germany voted to ban the internal combustion engine by 2030, and the UK Government is under pressure to bring its ban on the sales of new...

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  • Best 125cc motorbikes of 2019

    01 August 2019 by MCN News

    Best 125cc motorbikes of 2019

    If you’re learning to ride and aged 17 or older, after passing your CBT certificate (Compulsory Basic Training) you can gain your provisional A1 bike licence, which allows you to ride up to 125cc...

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  • MCN investigates fake crash helmet scandal

    25 July 2019 by Martin Fitz-Gibbons

    MCN investigates fake crash helmet scandal

    Dangerous fake crash helmets that fail mandatory safety standards are posing a serious threat to British riders. Readily available to buy through online auction sites, international marketplaces and...

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  • Riding your motorbike in a heatwave

    02 July 2019 by MCN News

    Riding your motorbike in a heatwave

    When the sun comes out it’s more tempting than ever to get the bike out of the garage and rack-up some miles. Jump to Tinted sun visors Inspect your tyres Check your fluids Wear the right gear Park...

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  • 2019 MCN Sicilian Superbike Shootout

    22 June 2019 by Michael Neeves

    2019 MCN Sicilian Superbike Shootout

    Three very special 200bhp-plus superbikes require an equally special stage, so we’ve brought them to Sicily. Related: 2020 Yamaha R1 review It’s a chance to let these incredible machines off their...

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  • How to ride your motorcycle in rain

    12 June 2019 by MCN News

    How to ride your motorcycle in rain

    The latest rubber offers incredible wet weather grip, but we often wonder whether it helps to be a bit obsessive about riding a bike. Obsessive people think about every detail, and test the smallest...

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  • Best motorcycle gloves for all conditions

    03 June 2019 by MCN News

    Best motorcycle gloves for all conditions

    MCN have compiled a list of the best motorbike gloves for all riding conditions. Whether you're trying to stay warm or cool, the one thing you always need is to stay safe. Find the full list of the...

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  • The Ace Café London through the ages

    31 May 2019 by Ben Clarke

    The Ace Café London through the ages

    The Ace Café on London's North Circular has been a home from home for motorcyclists for over 80 years, so we at MCN thought we'd put together a gallery of pictures to show how it has changed in that...

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  • How to get your knee down on a motorbike

    22 May 2019 by Ben Clarke

    How to get your knee down on a motorbike

    There’s something undeniably cool about seeing a skilled rider, mid-corner with their knee on the deck (on track, obviously) – and I couldn’t help but feel envious of other MCN staff members as they...

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  • How to ride your motorbike off-road

    21 May 2019 by Adam Child

    How to ride your motorbike off-road

    Riding a motorbike off-road can dramatically improve your road riding, as well as being a whole heap of fun. There are just over 2000 miles of motorway in the UK. But there are more than 6000 miles...

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  • How to start motorcycle club racing

    15 May 2019 by Dan Sutherland

    How to start motorcycle club racing

    It has been said that there’s nothing like racing to improve your road and trackday skills. Riding in close proximity at high speed, pushing your bike and tyres to the limit is the ultimate in...

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