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.

This process diagram has been designed by TDL-LONDON, an information design consultancy.

  • 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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  • 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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  • Free motorcycle taster sessions for new riders

    09 October 2017 by James Archibald

    Free motorcycle taster sessions for new riders

    Get On - the organisation that helps budding riders try motorcycling for the first time – are offering free motorcycle taster sessions over the next couple of weekends in London and Merseyside. If...

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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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  • Simple tips to make feet-up U-turns easy

    11 August 2017 by Rupert Paul

    Simple tips to make feet-up U-turns easy

    Take any bunch of long-experienced, rufty tufty bikers going on holiday and you can guarantee one thing. Eight out of 10 of them can’t ride for toffee at low speed. You don’t believe me? Watch those...

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  • Make learning to ride easier

    31 July 2017 by James Archibald

    Make learning to ride easier

    Whichever way you look at it, the cost of getting a motorcycle licence can soon add up, especially when you consider the price of actually getting a bike to ride after it’s all done. Then there’s the...

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  • 7 things to consider when commuting

    28 July 2017 by James Archibald

    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...

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  • Riding off-road and handling byways

    23 July 2017 by MCN News

    Riding off-road and handling byways

    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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  • Top 5 A2 licence-friendly motorcycles

    18 July 2017 by James Archibald

    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...

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  • How to get your knee down

    07 July 2017 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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  • Riding your motorcycle abroad this summer?

    27 June 2017 by James Archibald

    Riding your motorcycle abroad this summer?

    Riding abroad can be one of the very best things about motorcycling – exploring a foreign destination by bike is hard to beat. However, it pays to think about taking a trip as far in advance as...

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  • Thinking of getting your bike licence?

    22 June 2017 by James Archibald

    Thinking of getting your bike licence?

    Kawasaki are offering aspiring riders the chance to win a riding taster session at one of the Kawasaki Rider Training Services (KRTS) centres. The experience will give the chance to experience exactly...

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  • How to deal with horses on the road

    11 June 2017 by MCN News

    How to deal with horses on the road

    The roads aren't just occupied by motorcycles, cars and other motorised vehicles, they're also used by horses and their riders, and passing a horse isn't as simple as overtaking a car. Horses are big,...

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  • Each engine has its own characteristics

    20 April 2017 by Chris Dabbs

    Each engine has its own characteristics

    When you first start out, chances are that you will go through several changes of bike, from a small capacity two-stroke scooter, to a 1000cc inline four, 900cc V-twin or 675cc triple. Each engine has...

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  • Video: MOD 1 bike test, see how it's done

    12 April 2017 by Ped Baker

    Video: MOD 1 bike test, see how it's done

    You've read the books, done the training and talked to your friends who've been through the convoluted process of passing their bike test but there's no substitute to actually seeing it done. YouTuber...

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