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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

  • 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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  • 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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  • Thinking about your observation

    09 April 2017 by James Archibald

    Thinking about your observation

    Observation is a key element of piloting any vehicle, but it’s importance while riding a motorcycle is far more prominent. As drivers become increasingly distracted by their phones, what hope do we...

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  • 'Mum, Dad - I want to ride a motorbike'

    23 March 2017 by Rupert Paul

    'Mum, Dad - I want to ride a motorbike'

    Andy Morrison, former boss of Rapid Training, had a saying about new motorcycle riders: “You start out with a full bag of luck and an empty bag of experience. The trick is to fill the experience bag...

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  • Don't forget about resale value

    05 January 2017 by MCN News

    Don't forget about resale value

    Everybody loves a bargain and it's easy to just opt for the cheapest example of something, be it a motorcycle or a TV. But when it comes to motorcycling you also have to think about resale value, and...

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  • Hibernate your bike this winter

    20 December 2016 by RiDE magazine

    Hibernate your bike this winter

    Planning on hibernating your bike this winter? Storing a bike well takes the same meticulous level of preparation as braving the elements. Read on for top tips from RiDE magazine on how to do it...

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  • High street bargains for Christmas

    02 December 2016 by MCN News

    High street bargains for Christmas

    As fun and enjoyable as motorcycling is, it's not always the cheapest hobby. Bikes aren't cheap, and neither is motorcycle-specific gear, especially if you want the best stuff. But for some things,...

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  • Bargain hunt: Sub-£3000 naked 125s tested

    30 November 2016 by Liam Marsden

    Bargain hunt: Sub-£3000 naked 125s tested

    Ten years ago, at the age of 16, there were only two bikes I wanted once I turned 17. The Aprilia RS125 - which was the bike to have back then - or Yamaha's DT125X supermoto. What did these two bikes...

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  • Get a student discount on rider training

    18 November 2016 by James Archibald

    Get a student discount on rider training

    Learn for less with an NUS card Kawasaki UK will launch their Kawasaki Rider Training scheme (KRTS) at Motorcycle Live tomorrow and are offering NUS-card holding students a £15 discount. TOP...

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  • Get On two wheels for free in 2017!

    14 November 2016 by MCN News

    Get On two wheels for free in 2017!

    This weekend Get On were at the Carole Nash MCN Festival of Motorcycling getting people of all ages and sizes on motorbikes and scooters for the first time.  Get On brings its free ride...

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  • Top 125 scooters

    14 October 2016 by MCN News

    Top 125 scooters

    When it comes to practicality and ease-of-use the scooter is king. A clumsy clutch lever and gears are out, replaced with twist-and-go power and underseat storage for your helmet or shopping. While...

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  • Give your pillion VIP treatment

    30 September 2016 by MCN News

    Give your pillion VIP treatment

    So you've discovered biking and you've fallen in love with it. Naturally you want your mates to experience the unique thrill that comes with riding a bike, but they can't just go out and ride one, so...

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  • How to deal with cold weather

    24 September 2016 by MCN News

    How to deal with cold weather

    That's it, summer's over. Put the bike in the garage under the heated blanket and leave it to catch its breath until Spring next year, right? Well, you can do that or you can kep riding through the...

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  • Are aftermarket throttle grips any good?

    19 August 2016 by MCN

    Are aftermarket throttle grips any good?

    Q. Riding home tonight I was aware of a slight twinge in my throttle hand (nothing major) which set me wondering about my grips and the angle of the clip-ons. It feels like I was gripping (not...

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  • How to use a paddock stand on my own?

    12 August 2016 by Tony Hoare

    How to use a paddock stand on my own?

    How can I safely use a paddock stand on my own? "I recently purchased a rear paddock stand for my Honda NC750X. Unfortunately, my wife isn't confident holding the bike in an upright position for me to...

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  • Top A2 licence sportsbikes

    27 July 2016 by MCN News

    Top A2 licence sportsbikes

    The new Honda CBR250RR could be the most desirable A2 licence-friendly sportsbike on the market, but at the moment Honda has no plans to bring it into the UK or Europe. In lieu of the CBR250RR below...

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  • Top 125 bikes: Sportsbikes

    14 July 2016 by MCN News

    Top 125 bikes: Sportsbikes

    Naked bikes are easy to use and practical, but what self-respecting 17-year-old cares about practicality? All that matters at that age is looking fast, which is where our top 125cc sportsbikes come...

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  • MCN’s top naked 125s of 2018

    05 July 2016 by Jon Urry

    MCN’s top naked 125s of 2018

    Looking at buying a new naked 125 this year? Here’s MCN’s pick of the bunch. KTM 125 Duke Price: £4199 PCP deal: £69 a month for 36-months, £307.50 deposit, £1742.50 final payment, 2500 annual...

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  • Video: How to ride a motorcycle in the rain

    24 June 2016 by Ped Baker

    Video: How to ride a motorcycle in the rain

    As you've proabably already noticed, the British summer is quickly turning into another damp squib. The chances of running into a few sharp showers is high and if you're inexperienced in wet weather...

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  • Video: The perfect MOD 2 bike test pass

    17 June 2016 by MCN News

    Video: The perfect MOD 2 bike test pass

    You’ve left your CBT and Motorcycle Theory Test long behind you by now…your Module 1 was only a few weeks ago and you passed with flying colours… NOW comes the  big one. You’re preparing for...

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