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.

Embrace the street scrambling scene with MCN's best ‘soft-roaders’ and enduro motorbikes

Embrace the street scrambling scene with MCN's best ‘soft-roaders’ and enduro motorbikes

No type of motorcycle is currently more fashionable than that of retro-styled street scrambler. Inspired by the trail bikes of the 1960s and ‘70s these largely middleweight twins and singles are...

Learning to ride a motorbike: your MCN hub

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...

The ultimate motorcycling high. Riding the Himalayas

The ultimate motorcycling high. Riding the Himalayas

Mountains are earth’s giants. They’re behemoths, slowly pushing their way through the clouds over millions of years to scratch at heaven’s belly. Related: Royal Enfield Himalayan review on MCN The...

State style? It's the best cruiser motorbikes of 2020

State style? It's the best cruiser motorbikes of 2020

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...

Strip lightning! The best naked motorbikes of 2020

Strip lightning! The best naked motorbikes of 2020

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...

Britain's best loved motorbikes

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...

Best adventure motorbikes of 2020

Best adventure motorbikes of 2020

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...

How to pass your full UK motorbike A licence

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...

MCN's August Bank Holiday events guide

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...

Peter Fonda, 1940-2019

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...

The UK's best biker cafés of 2019

The UK's best biker cafés of 2019

The best motorbike cafés in the UK are places to meet, eat and socialise with likeminded people who love motorcycles. Related: vote for the UK's best biker cafe 2020 here! Latest biker café news:...

Cornering a motorbike with confidence

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...

How to pass your motorbike theory test

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...

Slick operation! How to change your motorbike oil and filters

Slick operation! How to change your motorbike oil and filters

The oil in your motorbike’s engine plays an incredibly important role. It acts as a cushion between moving parts, such as between camshaft and head, reducing friction and wear. Furthermore, it plays a...

Best 125cc motorbikes of 2020

Best 125cc motorbikes of 2020

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...

Shock therapy: How to set up your motorbike’s suspension

Shock therapy: How to set up your motorbike’s suspension

Your motorbike’s suspension can seem a daunting thing to take some spanners to, but do it right and you’ll almost certainly transform your bike’s ride and handling.  The standard suspension...

Don't be a stranger: Pillion passenger riding tips

Don't be a stranger: Pillion passenger riding tips

Riding with a pillion can be the best way to get friends and family understanding just what you love about biking. But there's a real art to carrying a passenger on a motorbike. If you've never ridden...

Just passed your test? Check out MCN's 2020 best first big motorbikes!

Just passed your test? Check out MCN's 2020 best first big motorbikes!

The route to big bike ownership is complicated. Once you’ve passed your full, unrestricted A licence, either at the age of 21 or older via the progressive route through the lesser licence categories,...

Video: new self-balancing Ducati V4 S model pulls wheelies

Video: new self-balancing Ducati V4 S model pulls wheelies

A new free-standing remote control Ducati Panigale V4 S model from Spin Master Toys has been released, boasting a top speed of over 12mph and the ability to pull wheelies and burnouts. As you can see...

Twist-and-go today with MCN's best cheap 50cc scooters and mopeds for 2020

Twist-and-go today with MCN's best cheap 50cc scooters and mopeds for 2020

Though not in the spotlight as much as their bigger alternatives, there is a thriving 50cc scooter market that will get you on two wheels and honing your road craft so that, come the right age, you...

The missing link? How to look after your motorbike chain

The missing link? How to look after your motorbike chain

A motorbike chain is a vitally important bit of kit. It’s essentially the part that connects your motor to your back wheel in most cases, so careful maintenance is key to keeping your bike...

Riding your motorbike in a heatwave

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...

2019 MCN Sicilian Superbike Shootout

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...

Go motorcycle racing on a budget with the MZ Experience

Go motorcycle racing on a budget with the MZ Experience

Run as part of the British Motor Cycle Racing Club (Bemsee), the Chilton Motors MZ Championship is the latest in a long line of MZ racing series spanning 30 years. Shod with Moto3 Dunlop slicks, these...

Pirelli Angel GT II tyre review - ultimate all-rounders

Pirelli Angel GT II tyre review - ultimate all-rounders

Pirelli only had themselves to beat when it came to developing their new Angel GT II sports touring tyre. Of course, it needed to be better than the Angel GT (Gran Turismo) original, but it also had...

How to ride your motorcycle in rain

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...

Best motorcycle gloves for all conditions

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...

The Ace Café London through the ages

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...

Reasons to visit the National Motorcycle Museum

Reasons to visit the National Motorcycle Museum

The National Motorcycle Museum houses the world's largest collection of British motorbikes with over 1000 models from 170 manufacturers, spanning three centuries. But there's more to do than just look...

How to get your knee down on a motorbike

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...

How to ride your motorbike off-road

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...

How to start motorcycle club racing

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...

What's that noise? Motorbike troubleshooting by sound

What's that noise? Motorbike troubleshooting by sound

Bike engines will make a variety of noises; hardly surprising with several hundred metal parts whizzing round thousands of time a minute. Related: Motorbike maintenance hub If you are worried about...

Repairing your motorcycle on the move

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...

A glimpse at "motorcycling mecca" - the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

A glimpse at "motorcycling mecca" - the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

When it comes to biking bucket lists there are a handful of undisputable destinations that’ll take your breath away. A visit to the TT will fry your mind and the barely-controlled chaos of the...

Dunlop SportSmart Mk3 review

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,...