Hints and tips for riding your motorbike

Welcome to the MCN guide to riding tips! From how to ride your first motorbike to a walkthrough on getting your knee down on a race track - our experts are here to help.

Safety first: Join a Biker Down! course near you

Safety first: Join a Biker Down! course near you

There are plenty of courses available to bikers to help them with improving riding skills, awareness and basic maintenance – you can join an IAM training course or sign-up for...

Fun in the sun: Top tips for riding your motorbike in a heatwave

Fun in the sun: Top tips for 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. Riding in hot weather is great but you and your bike need to be prepared. This is...

Back on the bike: Brush up on safe riding with these great tips

Back on the bike: Brush up on safe riding with these great tips

With filthy roads, nasty weather and a distinct shortage of daylight, it’s not surprising that so many of us choose to put our hard-earned pride and joy to bed for winter. But while we’re saving our...

Safety on the move: How to ride like a road test pro

Safety on the move: How to ride like a road test pro

I thought I’d share some of the ways I ride to stay in one piece on the road. Not the mechanics of going through corners – body position and all that stuff, but the zen-like way you think about what...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...