New rider

Welcome the the MCN New Rider section, where we'll help you navigate your way from complete biking novice to confident beginner. If you're unsure how to begin your journey onto two wheels, the diagram below is for you.

New Rider

Blood Biker winter riding guide: top tips from the experts

Blood Biker winter riding guide: top tips from the experts

It is sadly time to accept that "proper" winter is finally here and with it comes a barrage of fresh challenges for the dedicated, year-round motorcyclist. With the nights drawing in at an alarming...

How should a motorbike helmet fit?

How should a motorbike helmet fit?

Modern motorbike helmet fitment is the result of years of development, crash testing, computer modelling and safety testing, which can all be undone if your helmet doesn’t fit properly. Although...

Can A2-compliant sportsbikes provide you with thrills on circuit?

Can A2-compliant sportsbikes provide you with thrills on circuit?

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...

How to get your motorbike licence

How to get your motorbike licence

The first step: CBT Getting a full bike licence Module 1 and 2: what to expect More things to consider Riding a motorbike is one of the most exciting and liberating experiences going, but getting a...

How to prepare your bike for winter

How to prepare your bike for winter

Make sure your bike can cope with colder condition with these 10 steps. 1. The right rubber Cold conditions affect how tyres work and dedicated sports rubber isn’t suited to winter. Temperatures...

How to ride a motorcycle

How to ride a motorcycle

Learning to ride a motorcycle 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 like nothing else,...

How to ride a motorbike in the snow

How to ride a motorbike in the snow

The Beast from the East brought the country to a standstill in early 2018 and while we’ve not had much snow so far this winter, it pays to be prepared. Here at MCN we love any excuse to get on two...

Learn how to broaden your bike skills from the masters

Learn how to broaden your bike skills from the masters

If you truly want to be the master of your motorcycle, the learning doesn't stop when you get your pass certificate, nor indeed is it restricted to tarmac. There are many motorcycle schools to choose...

Everything you need to know about a CBT test

Everything you need to know about a CBT test

If you’ve decided you want to get your motorbike licence, the first thing you'll need to do is complete a CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) course. It may be a step down from your dreams of exploring...

How to overtake safely on a trackday

How to overtake safely on a trackday

As you get faster and more confident on trackdays you will inevitably start to catch slower or less experienced riders. Overtaking smoothly and safely is crucial, whatever the skill level of the two...

10 ways to protect your bike from theft

10 ways to protect your bike from theft

According to a report in The Telegraph, Home Office figures towards the end of last year predicted that some 30,000 motorcycles would be reported stolen. And with only 40% expected to be recovered –...

How to make a clean hill start

How to make a clean hill start

Making a hill start on a motorcycle can be a daunting proposition for new riders. With no handbrake to fall back on, it is world's apart from the simplicity of four wheels and, for some, can spoil an...

How to make motorbike U turns easy

How to make motorbike U turns easy

Perfecting the dreaded feet-up U turn can be one of the most stressful parts of learning to ride a motorbike. Most of us neglect the skill the minute we pass our test, but it can be a useful manoeuvre...

How to brake in the wet

How to brake in the wet

While a lot of modern bikes come with ABS, not every new rider can afford a brand new machine and that means you need to learn to get the best out of your brakes – especially in the wet. So here is...

New rider: The five key skills that new riders need to master

New rider: The five key skills that new riders need to master

Ok, you have passed either your CBT or full bike test and you are therefore legally allowed to ride on the UK’s roads. Now it is time to forget those legal requirements that allowed you to gain that...

New rider: How to pick up your bike

New rider: How to pick up your bike

When you are learning to ride there are two kinds of bikes – one that has been dropped and one that is going to be dropped. A small tip-off is all par for the course when it comes to gaining...

New rider: Face your fears…

New rider: Face your fears…

From U-turns to slippery ferry ramps, as we start the new riding year it’s time to conquer the demons that lurk in the back of our brains… We all have them: motorcycling scenarios that fill us with...

New rider: How to sit on your bike

New rider: How to sit on your bike

In this short video, BMW Rider Training's Chief Instructor, Ian Biederman, demonstrates the right, and wrong, way to get on your bike. And yes, there is actually an easier way! Top tips Open the...

Video: Improve your riding with BMW Off Road Skills

Video: Improve your riding with BMW Off Road Skills

"It’ll be fun," they said. "You’ll become a better road rider because of it." But after day one of my two-day BMW Off Road Skills course in the Welsh hills, all I wanted was to go home. I was...

Video: Young riders shown the real cost of not wearing protective gear

Video: Young riders shown the real cost of  not wearing protective gear

We take a look back at this moving Highways England's campaign targetting young riders to stress the importance of wearing protective clothing when riding. The campaign features the above video,...

New rider: Book a free motorcycle taster session

New rider: Book a free motorcycle taster session

If you've never been on a motorcycle before and don't know where to start then perhaps try Get On - the organisation that helps budding riders try motorcycling for the first time. If you’ve ever...

Essential advice for new riders

Essential advice for new riders

Riding and owning a bike is nothing like owning a car. Whether it be driving or maintenance, there's a lot more to consider. Below are our essential tips for anyone new to the world of biking. Tyres...

How to: Buy a track bike

How to: Buy a track bike

As the days get longer and the temperatures slowly creep upward, the trackday season is very nearly upon us once again. And with increasingly stringent rules surrounding riding on roads, more and more...

Crafty tips to perfect overtakes

Crafty tips to perfect overtakes

The sweetest moment to overtake a single car is when you first come up behind it. Carrying your momentum, you pass with a minimum of fuss in a decisive and understated sweep. One way to tell if...

5 tips to keep new riders safer on the road

5 tips to keep new riders safer on the road

When you first get a motorcycle, the exhilarating feeling you have as you take on the world via two wheels really is hard to beat.  As a new rider you can even have too much fun, that you forget...

Trials riding tips to help every rider

Trials riding tips to help every rider

Everyone knows trials riding is a great way to enhance your road riding. It also makes you look super cool. On my first day, I wheelie'd my trials bike, true story. I passed my A licence in April and...

Video: Protect your bike this winter

Video: Protect your bike this winter

Once you've got all the thick, horrible winter road grime off your pride and joy you'll need to make sure you protect it, to keep corrosion over the winter months down to a minimum. Make sure your...

Suzuki make it easier to get on two wheels

Suzuki make it easier to get on two wheels

Suzuki have introduced a 3% hire purchase offer on their range of small capacity motorcycles, making it easier and more affordable for new riders to get into biking.  With a £1000 deposit, the...

Master the art of riding at night

Master the art of riding at night

Riding at night can be very satisfying with the roads less crowded and distractions swallowed up in the dark, but you have got to take some extra precautions to make it safe as well as...

Emmerdale's Kelvin Fletcher officially gets on two wheels!

Emmerdale's Kelvin Fletcher officially gets on two wheels!

After a 5-day intensive course, Kelvin Fletcher, known for his tractor-driving role in Emmerdale, has passed all examinations to receive his full motorcycle licence this week. Already the owner of a...

Poll: Are the learner laws strangling biking?

Poll: Are the learner laws strangling biking?

What do you think, are learner laws strangling biking? Are the learner laws strangling biking? Have a browse for your next bike on MCN Bikes For Sale website or use...

Why zero interest in small bikes is good…

Why zero interest in small bikes is good…

Dealerships are currently offering good promotions across the board on low-powered motorcycles and scooters, making now a brilliant time for new riders to get involved in biking. The small motorcycle...

Top 8 beginner motorcycle mistakes

Top 8 beginner motorcycle mistakes

If you're looking to take your first steps into the world of biking it can be quite daunting - there's a lot of information to take in and mistakes will happen, but they're not the be all and end...

How to become a wet weather track master

How to become a wet weather track master

Don’t let rain wreck your trackday, here are some tips to help make you a wet circuit master. Be an old smoothie Rain doesn’t need to spoil your trackday but the key to safe riding in the wet is being...

7 things to consider when commuting

7 things to consider when commuting

Commuting by bike can be brilliant, not only because it will generally take less time to get to and from work, but also because it will often cost less and is better for the environment. Plus it's...

Top 5 A2 licence-friendly motorcycles

Top 5 A2 licence-friendly motorcycles

A2 motorcycles bridge the gap for those who don’t want to ride on a 125cc machine anymore and who are not able to ride a full category A bike. Riders restricted by this licence category can ride a...