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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

  • How to prepare your bike for winter

    10 November 2018 by The Stick Secret Mechanic

    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...

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  • How to buy a winter hack

    03 November 2018 by James Archibald and James Keen

    How to buy a winter hack

    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. There are a number of...

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  • Everything you need to know about a CBT test

    10 October 2018 by MCN News

    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...

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  • How to overtake safely on a trackday

    08 October 2018 by Michael Neeves

    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...

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  • How to corner faster on track

    08 October 2018 by Michael Neeves

    How to corner faster on track

    Cornering is one of the most exciting parts of riding a motorbike, especially on the track. It’s also a tricky part to get right and is where most accidents happen. This can be because riders try to...

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  • 10 ways to protect your bike from theft

    04 September 2018 by MCN News

    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 –...

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  • Join a Biker Down! course near you

    31 August 2018 by MCN News

    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 a Bikesafe workshop, for...

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  • MCN guide to buying a motorbike

    30 August 2018 by MCN News

    MCN guide to buying a motorbike

    Buying a motorbike is one of the most exciting experiences there is, but with so much money changing hands it can also be stressful. Buying a lemon can be costly, inconvenient or even dangerous...

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  • 5 best sub-£3k 125cc sportsbikes

    14 August 2018 by Neil Murray

    5 best sub-£3k 125cc sportsbikes

    For those who dream of a life on two wheels, the place to start for many will be a 125. Arguably, the most desirable of these is the sportsbike class, which gives younger riders their first taste of...

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  • A guide to preparing for your first trackday

    10 August 2018 by MCN News

    A guide to preparing for your first trackday

    A bit of planning and the right attitude will help you get maximum enjoyment out of a day riding on circuit. Having the right kit and a bike that won’t let you down will not only mean you have more...

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  • How to make a clean hill start

    01 August 2018 by MCN News

    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...

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  • How to pick the best tyres for you

    30 July 2018 by Michael Neeves

    How to pick the best tyres for you

    Motorcycle tyres all look black and round, but you wouldn’t believe how much difference there is between tyre genres. For many the sheer choice of rubber out there is bewildering. It’s not helped by...

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  • How to change your chain and sprockets

    20 July 2018 by MCN News

    How to change your chain and sprockets

    Even a beautifully maintained chain that spends its life in a shimmering coating of oil and is frequently adjusted to exact manufacturer tolerances will wear out, and it will take the sprockets with...

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  • How to ride a motorbike off road

    10 July 2018 by MCN News

    How to ride a motorbike off road

    There are just over 2000 miles of motorway in the UK. But there are more than 6000 miles of green lanes and trails that are legal to ride motorbikes on! Riding off road can not only be a blast, but...

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  • How to clean your bike

    10 July 2018 by Dan Sutherland

    How to clean your bike

    It’s a Sunday morning and you were due to go for a ride, but the weather’s come over all British and rained and you’ve got a hangover. So, what are you going to do to spend some quality time with your...

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  • How to make motorbike U turns easy

    06 July 2018 by MCN News

    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...

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  • How to keep your bike sparkling this summer

    03 July 2018 by Dan Sutherland

    How to keep your bike sparkling this summer

    It’s a Sunday morning and you were due to go for a ride, but the weather’s come over all British and rained and you’ve got a hangover. So, what are you going to do to spend some quality time with your...

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  • How to get your knee down

    26 June 2018 by MCN News

    How to get your knee down

    Getting your knee down is often seen as the holy grail for many motorcyclists, and you'll never forget the first time your knee slider scrapes against the tarmac. That said, it's not something every...

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  • How to get your motorcycle licence

    15 June 2018 by MCN News

    How to get your motorcycle licence

    Riding a motorbike is one of the most exciting and liberating experiences going, but getting a licence to do so can seem offputtingly complicated. Never fear, MCN is here. Just follow our simple...

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  • How to brake in the wet

    26 April 2018 by Jon Urry

    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...

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  • New rider: How to pick up your bike

    05 April 2018 by Jon Urry

    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...

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  • New rider: Face your fears…

    29 March 2018 by Jon Urry

    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...

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  • New rider: How to sit on your bike

    22 March 2018 by Jon Urry

    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...

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  • Essential advice for new riders

    15 February 2018 by MCN News

    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...

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  • How to: Buy a track bike

    09 February 2018 by Dan Sutherland

    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...

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  • Crafty tips to perfect overtakes

    27 January 2018 by Mark Edwards

    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...

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  • New rider: How to perform the perfect U-turn

    16 January 2018 by Mark edwards

    New rider: How to perform the perfect U-turn

    Most of us rarely attempt U-turns and therefore they hold a certain amount of dread if we are suddenly required to do one. But when the day comes and the pressure’s on, a perfect U will make you a god...

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  • Video: The CBT explained

    05 January 2018 by MCN News

    Video: The CBT explained

    We have an array of rider experience here at MCN HQ - but one thing that we all share is a love of motorcycling! If you're new to the idea of getting your motorcycle licence the first thing you'll...

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  • 5 tips to keep new riders safer on the road

    22 December 2017 by James Archibald

    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...

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  • 5 affordable 125cc bikes for new riders

    11 December 2017 by James Archibald

    5 affordable 125cc bikes for new riders

    Bikes for saleSometimes choosing your first motorcycle can be a nightmare, especially if you don’t know where to start with it all. Some will want the sportiest machine they can afford, others will just want...

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