Motorbike maintenance advice

MCN's guide to keeping your motorcycle running, including advice on roadside repairs, lubricating your chain, cleaning your motorbike, and the bigger jobs you can do at home.

What’s the deal with E10 fuel? We enlist an expert to answer your 'green petrol' questions

What’s the deal with E10 fuel? We enlist an expert to answer your 'green petrol' questions

From September 2021 ‘E10’ will become the new standard unleaded petrol in UK filling stations and the changeover has sparked concerns that it could cause poor running or even damage on some...

How to get your motorbike back on the road after a long time

How to get your motorbike back on the road after a long time

The Coronavirus pandemic may have delayed the start of the riding season for many of us, but there’s nothing stopping you from making sure your bike’s ready to roll as soon as  restrictions are...

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

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

As many of us find ourselves isolated once again 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...

Get your stoppers gleaming: how to clean your motorbike's brakes

Get your stoppers gleaming: how to clean your motorbike's brakes

Cleaning your brakes is an important step in motorcycle maintenance and a fairly easy one to do. The tools required are basic (allen keys, a socket set and a torque wrench) and the payoff is instant.

How to prepare your motorbike for winter

How to prepare your motorbike for winter

Preparing your motorbike for the colder weather, salt on the roads and slippery conditions is an important task if you don't want to watch it rot away in front of your eyes.  Related: Essential...

Put a spring in your step: Why you should get a pro suspension set up

Put a spring in your step: Why you should get a pro suspension set up

Feel like making a dramatic change to your bike’s performance, something that’ll affect every aspect of your riding? Forget fancy carbon-clad exhausts – pound for pound suspension upgrades make the...

Testing times: How to pass your motorbike MoT first time

Testing times: How to pass your motorbike MoT first time

If your MoT expired from March 30, 2020 the Government gave you an automatic extension on your current certificate without needing a retest. But that extension will lift on August 1 as restrictions...

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 many are over the winter months, and many more were during 2020's...

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...

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. Related: Best tyre pressure gauges There’s a lot to know about your...

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...

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. Related: Top...

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. Related: Best socket...

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.  Related: Guide to top...

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...

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: Best basic motorbike tools 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...