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.

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...

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...

Like dodging downpours? Find out how to ride your motorcycle in rain

Like dodging downpours? Find out 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...

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,...

How to wheelie a motorbike

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...

Bike selling advice: How to avoid the online scammers

Bike selling advice: How to avoid the online scammers

Scams around bike sales are as old as motorcycling, but as the riding season begins and more people start shifting their bikes, scammers and thieves are rubbing their hands with glee. With a huge...

Continental ContiTrailAttack 3 tyre review

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...

Bridgestone S22 tyre review

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...

How to ride a motorbike

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...

How to ride a motorbike at night

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...

Chain lube: Make your chain last longer with these products

Chain lube: Make your chain last longer with these products

There are several reasons that a motorbike chain can wear prematurely, but there’s no need to let poor maintenance be one of them. Keeping your chain clean lubricated will help it to perform better...

How to pass your A1 motorbike licence

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: Best motorcycle training aids Related: everything you...

How to pass your A2 motorbike licence

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: Best motorcycle training aids Related: everything you...

Best A2 sportsbikes for trackdays

Best A2 sportsbikes for trackdays

With the 750cc and 600cc sportsbike classes shrinking and manufacturers locked in a 200bhp+ superbike arms race, it could appear that your only option for modern trackday fun lies in an arm-wrenching...