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.

Charge! Keep your motorbike battery healthy while it's laid up

Charge! Keep your motorbike battery healthy while it's laid up

When a bike’s being used regularly, the battery should stay fit and healthy for several years. But when a bike is laid up – as the vast majority across the UK are right now – it can go flat in a...

Neevesy's bike-hacks: How to set up your motorbike like a road test pro

Neevesy's bike-hacks: How to set up your motorbike like a road test pro

So your bike is sitting patiently in your garage, waiting to blink back out into the sun again when this is all over, but what can you do to it to make it work better for you, without spending any...

Beat the isolation blues with MCN's top YouTube videos of the last 12 months!

Beat the isolation blues with MCN's top YouTube videos of the last 12 months!

It’s tough being locked up indoors desperate for your biking fix, and there’s only so much cleaning and prep you can do. MCN is here for you with a list of our top ten most popular YouTube videos from...

Clinical trials: Dougie Lampkin trains Riders for Health workers in Lesotho

Clinical trials: Dougie Lampkin trains Riders for Health workers in Lesotho

The rider ahead is still sitting down, which I find reassuring. If he can navigate the wet clay, loose rocks and increasing gradient without having to leave the saddle, then even a wobbly off-roader...

Things to do during Coronavirus isolation: give your motorbike a proper clean

Things to do during Coronavirus isolation: give your motorbike a proper clean

As many of us find ourselves isolated and at a loose end in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, what better time is there to give your motorbike a proper clean? While scrubbing your bike isn’t...

Putting the style in textile: MCN's guide to the best waterproof gear you can buy right now!

Putting the style in textile: MCN's guide to the best waterproof gear you can buy right now!

Aside from being unpleasant and sucking the fun out of your riding, being uncomfortable or cold on a motorbike can lead to distraction or slow down your reactions. One of the best ways to avoid this...

Lock it or lose it: MCN's guide to the best locks, chains and disc locks on the market right now

Lock it or lose it: MCN's guide to the best locks, chains and disc locks on the market right now

Lock your bike. It’s one of the most crucial lessons you learn, when you get your first push-bike; lock it up wherever you leave it because if you don’t, it might not be there when you get back.

Fuels rush in: Will my motorbike run on E10 petrol?

Fuels rush in: Will my motorbike run on E10 petrol?

The Government has announced a consultation proposing that E5 fuel be replaced with E10 as the standard grade of petrol in the UK. Under the plan, E5 fuel would continue to be available as a ‘Super’...

Motorbike tyre advice: know your bike’s boots

Motorbike tyre advice: know your bike’s boots

Tyres are the most important part on your bike – your sole connection with the road for the overwhelming majority of the time. Latest tyre reviews on MCN Metzeler M9 RR review Metzeler 01 SE...

Tyre test: Metzeler M9 RR sports tyre review

Tyre test: Metzeler M9 RR sports tyre review

Seven years after their launch, Metzeler’s Sportec M7 RR sports tyres can still mix it with the best. Related: Metzeler Roadtec 01 SE review But under attack from new rivals in the rubbery shape of...

Tyre test: Metzeler Roadtec 01 SE review

Tyre test: Metzeler Roadtec 01 SE review

Metzeler’s Roadtec has been at the top of the sports touring tree for a decade now, firstly the Interact Z8 version, followed by the 01 in 2016 – both offering class-leading levels of all-weather...

Can do attitude? It's MCN's guide to replacing your motorbike exhaust silencer

Can do attitude? It's MCN's guide to replacing your motorbike exhaust silencer

Fitting a new motorcycle exhaust is usually a luxury rather than a necessity. It’s nice to slip off a clumpy, heavy OE silencer and slip on something altogether lighter and sexier. But sometimes you...

Triumph Daytona exhibition opened at Hinckley Visitor Experience

Triumph Daytona exhibition opened at Hinckley Visitor Experience

The Triumph Factory Visitor Experience in Hinckley has assembled a collection of 14 Triumph Daytona models that display the chronology of the firm’s sportsbike over a 50-year period. The centrepiece...

It's all in the jeans: MCN's guide to the best motorbike denim

It's all in the jeans: MCN's guide to the best motorbike denim

There are loads of options on the market these days for riding jeans that look casual and keep you cool in summer, without having to sacrifice rider safety. And with so much choice at a range of price...

Braking bad? How to change your motorbike's brake fluid

Braking bad? How to change your motorbike's brake fluid

Changing your motorbike’s brake fluid is a relatively easy DIY job. It may be hidden from view, but the liquid inside your bike’s braking system should never be taken for granted. Over time the fluid...

Video: Joacim Boive riding his KTM enduro bike off-road

Video: Joacim Boive riding his KTM enduro bike off-road

A Swedish motorcyclist is aiming to be the first one-legged person to compete in an enduro series after taking up off-road riding. Joacim Boive lost his right leg to cancer when he was 13 but was...

Special investigation: Lookalike fake helmets have never been more dangerous

Special investigation: Lookalike fake helmets have never been more dangerous

Counterfeit goods are nothing new but the problem is now worse than ever. Not only are the copies looking better, making it harder to distinguish a fake at first glance, but online retailing makes it...

Yamaha RD350LC at 40 - a celebration

Yamaha RD350LC at 40 - a celebration

Arguably the most loved and inspirational Japanese bike of all – Yamaha’s RD350LC – went on sale for the first time 40 years ago. And while the abilities of the 47bhp stroker twin are now the stuff of...

Keep those fingers flexing, not frozen! MCN's guide to the best heated motorbike gloves

Keep those fingers flexing, not frozen! MCN's guide to the best heated motorbike gloves

Heated motorbike gloves haven’t been around all that long, but many riders nowadays consider them an absolute essential for riding when the weather’s sub optimal. Picking the best heated gloves for...

From 50-650cc, MCN's round-up of the best new Chinese bikes

From 50-650cc, MCN's round-up of the best new Chinese bikes

Chinese-built bikes have had a chequered history over the past decade or so due partly to a reputation for being cheap or poor quality copies of old Japanese designs – but that’s certainly changing...

Changing the game: Neevesy's top 12 bikes of the last decade

Changing the game: Neevesy's top 12 bikes of the last decade

With 2020 just days away, we wave farewell to another year and another decade of motorcycling excellence. The past 10 years have seen some dramatic changes to the two-wheeled landscape; with the...

Cruise controlled: Top Gun movie delayed

Cruise controlled: Top Gun movie delayed

Sister publication Empire magazine is reporting the US release of the new Top Gun film has been put back to December 23, 2020, due to Coronavirus. Since the UK launch was slated for after the US one...

The golden ratio? It's MCN's best automatic motorcycles of 2020

The golden ratio? It's MCN's best automatic motorcycles of 2020

Automatic motorbikes are very rare. Or rather, they used to be. But now the swathe of 'twist 'n go' scooters have equivilents in the larger, more powerful classes of bikes too. With changing biker...

Modified mayhem! Find the best base bike for your custom motorbike with MCN

Modified mayhem! Find the best base bike for your custom motorbike with MCN

Custom bikes are more fashionable than ever – and we don’t mean old school, V-twin cruisers. Today a personalised 'Bobber', individual 'scrambler', uniquely accessorised 'retro roadster' or even a...

Vredestein Centauro ST tyre review: new kid on the block

Vredestein Centauro ST tyre review: new kid on the block

This is Vredestein’s first big bike radial tyre. The Dutch firm, better known in the car world, have been owned by the Indian Apollo group since 2009 and are kicking off their motorcycle range with...

Get down and dirty today with MCN's best off-road bikes

Get down and dirty today with MCN's best off-road bikes

While winter may put a chill and a dampener on road and track motorcycling it remains a great time of year for those who enjoy riding in the dirt. After all, colder temperatures and slippery surfaces...

Cold caller: MCN’s guide to buying a winter motorbike

Cold caller: MCN’s guide to buying a winter motorbike

Buying a second motorbike to use as a winter hack is a sensible and practical way to keep riding through the colder months without adding hard miles to your pride and joy. Related: How to ride a...

Ice 'n easy! Your MCN guide to using a motorbike in winter

Ice 'n easy! Your MCN guide to using a motorbike in winter

Riding in winter conditions with the wrong kit can be awful, but with some better gear to keep you warm there's no need to put the bike away over winter and you can keep building your #ride5000miles...

What to expect on your first motorbike trackday

What to expect on your first motorbike trackday

Taking a motorbike out on track is one of the best things you can do on two wheels, allowing you to explore the capabilities of your motorcycle in comparative safety and without putting your licence...

Best naked 125s of 2020

Best naked 125s of 2020

Looking at buying a new naked 125? Well, MCN has got you covered with this handy pick of the bunch. The sporty naked 125 market is currently saturated with both new and used examples from almost...

The best motorcycling boots to keep your feet warm this winter

The best motorcycling boots to keep your feet warm this winter

We probably don't need to tell you that winter riding is a bit rubbish sometimes - cold toes and wet socks here we come! There are, however, some ways to eliminate such discomfort with a decent...

MCN's most wanted: our best bikes of 2020

MCN's most wanted: our best bikes of 2020

After the unveiling of several beautiful machines at Eicma earlier this month, the feeling here at MCN Towers is that 2020 will be a great year for new metal, with the hyper naked class undoubtedly...

Silverstone celebrate rich heritage with new Experience Centre

Silverstone celebrate rich heritage with new Experience Centre

After a seven-year-project to restore a WW2 RAF hangar into an interactive museum, the all-new Silverstone Experience centre will open its doors to the public on Friday, October 25. Celebrating the...

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...