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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.

  • 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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  • 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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  • Continental ContiTrailAttack 3 tyre review

    05 April 2019 by Chris Moss

    Continental ContiTrailAttack 3 tyre review

    Replacing the successful ContiTrailAttack 2s, the new third generation is claimed to offer quicker warm up times, greater grip in wet and dry, offer longer life and more agile handling than the...

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  • Bridgestone S22 tyre review

    05 April 2019 by Michael Neeves

    Bridgestone S22 tyre review

    Bridgestone’s new S22 sports tyre might be designed for life on the street, but here at their world launch in Jerez they’ve proved they can handle a day at one of the finest MotoGP circuits in the...

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  • What is the best motorbike for touring?

    25 March 2019 by Ben Clarke

    What is the best motorbike for touring?

    If you decide that you want to go touring on two wheels, the first decision you need to make is what motorbike you will use. Getting this wrong has the potential to make or break your trip. The...

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  • Best Motorbike helmets of 2019

    25 March 2019 by Emma Franklin

    Best Motorbike helmets of 2019

    Need a new motorcycle helmet? MCN can help. Our testers are constantly trying the latest new gear to let you know what it's like. In this article we're going through the best motorbike lids on sale.

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  • How to ride a motorbike

    12 March 2019 by MCN News

    How to ride a motorbike

    Learning to ride a motorcycle safely is one of the most exciting things you can ever do. Offering freedom like no other mode of transport and delivering a sense of speed and exhilaration unmatched on...

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  • How to ride a motorbike at night

    12 March 2019 by MCN News

    How to ride a motorbike at night

    With warm, drawn-out summer evenings it's the ideal excuse to maximise your time on the bike. Riding a motorcycle at night can be very satisfying, with the roads less crowded and distractions...

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  • How to pass your A1 motorbike licence

    12 February 2019 by MCN News

    How to pass your A1 motorbike licence

    Welcome to MCN’s guide to the A1 motorcycle licence, where we explain what it is, who it’s for and crucially, how to pass it. Related: everything you need to know about learning to ride a...

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  • How to pass your A2 motorbike licence

    12 February 2019 by MCN News

    How to pass your A2 motorbike licence

    The A2 motorbike licence is the single quickest and most cost-effective way for 19-year-olds to progress to a full UK licence. Related: everything you need to know about learning to ride a...

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  • How to pass your CBT

    11 February 2019 by MCN News

    How to pass your CBT

    If you’ve decided you want to get your full motorbike licence, the first thing you'll need to do is complete a CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) course. It may be a step down from your dreams of...

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