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

  • 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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  • Starting to ride: Theory chaos

    08 August 2019 by Gareth Evans

    Starting to ride: Theory chaos

    It feels like years since I did my CBT, but alas it was only a couple of months ago. In that time I've been riding, but also reading, because I needed to swot up for my motorcycle theory test. My...

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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. It requires a provisional motorcycle licence before booking,...

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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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  • On any Sunday turns 48

    23 July 2019 by MCN News

    On any Sunday turns 48

    Still legendary among riders, On Any Sunday turns 48 this month. Not only was it nominated for a 1972 Academy Award for best documentary, but it was also backed by Steve McQueen - the coolest man ever...

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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. It’s a chance to let these incredible machines off their leashes, where there’s less...

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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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  • MCN's Spring Bank Holiday events guide

    23 May 2019 by MCN News

    MCN's Spring Bank Holiday events guide

    The Spring 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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  • 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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  • Repairing your motorcycle on the move

    13 May 2019 by Bruce Dunn

    Repairing your motorcycle on the move

    Learning to fix your motorcycle at the roadside is a skill all bikers need. It can happen to the best of us – you thumb the starter after stopping for a rest break and nothing; your bike doesn’t want...

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  • Dunlop SportSmart Mk3 review

    23 April 2019 by Michael Neeves

    Dunlop SportSmart Mk3 review

    Dunlop says their new SportSmart Mk3 offers more wet and dry grip, but unlike rivals, that improved performance lasts the life of the tyres, right down to its wear blocks. That’s an impressive claim,...

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  • How to wheelie a motorbike

    19 April 2019 by Dan Sutherland

    How to wheelie a motorbike

    A wheelie is the oldest motorcycle trick in the book, and I’ve wanted to be able to pop a decent one since I first threw my leg over a bike aged 16. After seven years of riding, I was still unable to...

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  • Top A2 licence-friendly bikes

    10 April 2019 by Phil West

    Top A2 licence-friendly bikes

    If you're 19 or older, after a CBT, theory test and two-part practical test you can gain an A2 licence, which allows you to ride a bike of up to 35kW (roughly 47bhp) without displaying L-plates. And...

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