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 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 make a clean hill start

    29 June 2018 by MCN News

    How to make a clean hill start

     1. Plan to stop Always prepare to make a decisive stop at junctions, so that you stop cleanly in the right place without panicking. 2. Be secure Stop in first gear with your left foot down,...

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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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  • 5 brilliant 125cc sportsbikes

    05 February 2018 by James Archibald

    5 brilliant 125cc sportsbikes

    For those who dream of a life on two wheels, the place where most will start will be on a 125cc motorcycle, and the most desirable of those to many will be the sportsbike. Nowadays there are a number...

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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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  • Trials riding tips to help every rider

    17 November 2017 by Maria Vallahis

    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...

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  • 9 new nifty 50s for young riders

    11 November 2017 by James Archibald

    9 new nifty 50s for young riders

    When you’re 16, the world of motorcycling can seem so far away, but it needn’t be the case. Though not in the spotlight as much as their bigger alternatives, there is a thriving 50cc motorcycle market...

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  • Top 125cc motorcycles

    30 October 2017 by MCN News

    Top 125cc motorcycles

    When looking to get your first motorcycle, you can often find yourself overwhelmed with choice and it can sometimes be a daunting prospect looking at machines and not knowing what exactly you’re...

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  • Video: Protect your bike this winter

    12 October 2017 by MCN News

    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...

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  • Suzuki make it easier to get on two wheels

    02 October 2017 by James Archibald

    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...

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  • Master the art of riding at night

    28 September 2017 by Adam Child

    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...

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  • Which 2017 125cc bike would you choose?

    25 September 2017 by MCN News

    Which 2017 125cc bike would you choose?

    Among all the 200bhp+ headline grabbing sportsbikes and Starship Enterprise-spec adventure bikes for 2017, it's easy to overlook the 2017 bikes that were brought in for this year.  There have...

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  • Why zero interest in small bikes is good…

    19 September 2017 by MCN News

    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...

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  • Top 8 beginner motorcycle mistakes

    04 September 2017 by MCN News

    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...

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  • How to become a wet weather track master

    20 August 2017 by Michael Neeves

    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...

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