Ad closing in seconds....

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

  • Tyre advice: Running different tyres

    29 July 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Tyre advice: Running different tyres

    Q. I ride a 1997 VFR750, a superb bike. On the front I have a perfect Bridgestone Battlax BT56 with lots of tread left. My question is, can I replace the worn out BT57 with a new Bridgestone Battlax...

    Read more ...
  • Suspension advice: Replacing fork seals

    22 July 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Suspension advice: Replacing fork seals

    The first piece of advice for replacing for seals would be to always get a workshop manual of some description when stripping major components down, if only for the torque settings. Compare and buy...

    Read more ...
  • Tyre advice: Good tyres for light trail use

    22 July 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Tyre advice: Good tyres for light trail use

    Q. I have a 2009 Triumph Tiger 1050, which I am delighted with. I am well aware it is not a full-blown off-road motorcycle, but I would like to improve the grip on light trail use, without sacrificing...

    Read more ...
  • FAQ: Common myth about speed traps

    17 July 2009 by MCN

    One of the common myths about speed traps is that the police officers have to wear fluorescent clothing and be on show. The facts are that police officers do not have to wear specific clothing when engaged in roads policing or provide any other warning of their presence. Assuming they caution you correctly at the road side you just have to take the points and fine.  Do you have any...

    Read more ...
  • FAQ: How to get oil off your hands

    17 July 2009 by MCN

    If you're trying to get oil off you hands properly after your first go at home maintenance, but you haven't got a decent hand cleanser around, use washing up liquid and put a dab of washing powder in your hands. Further reading: Motorcycle FAQ

    Read more ...
  • What to do if you lose your provisional license

    17 July 2009 by MCN

    If you have lost your provisional licence, don't worry too much - you are entitled to continue riding while waiting for a duplicate licence. Entitlement to ride or drive runs from the date the first licence was issued, and isn't dependant on you having the actual licence in your possession. The new licence should arrive within 15 working days of the application being received at...

    Read more ...
  • How to make sure your tyres are legal

    16 July 2009 by Marc Abbott

    How to make sure your tyres are legal

    As well as inflating them correctly, the Law says that the grooves of the tread pattern must have a depth of a least 1mm throughout a continuous band measuring at least three-quarters of the breadth...

    Read more ...
  • Where to go for suspension

    16 July 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Where to go for suspension

    Here's a list of useful contacts in the suspension world. Whether it's set-up advice, work or shock and fork components, these guys are among the country's greatest. Harris Performance, Hertford.

    Read more ...
  • USD versus conventional forks

    16 July 2009 by Marc Abbott

    USD versus conventional forks

    Suspension-wise, given springs and dampers of equal quality, there is no difference between upside-down and conventional forks. But the fork leg is not a suspension unit, it is also a structural...

    Read more ...
  • Fork 'pump down' explained

    10 July 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Fork 'pump down' explained

    Pump down, or packing, occurs when you hit a series of bumps after dialling in too much rebound damping. Because you've over-slowed the rate at which the suspension can return once it's compressed,...

    Read more ...
  • Unsprung weight explained

    10 July 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Unsprung weight explained

    Sprung weight is the mass of those parts supported by the suspension. Unsprung is the rest; wheels, tyres, brakes, chain etc. Changing the unsprung weight has no direct effect on springing (as it's...

    Read more ...
  • How to repair a puncture

    10 July 2009 by Marc Abbott

    How to repair a puncture

    If you need to repair a puncture at the roadside, there are several methods you can use. There are preventative sealants out there that are designed to seal off a puncture as soon as it...

    Read more ...
  • Check before you buy

    09 July 2009 by Marc Abbott

    A good tip when you’re buying your first used bike is to always scan the paperwork to see whether the shims have been checked and take a good look at the steering head bearings as they are often insufficiently greased from the factory. Further reading: Find your ideal motorcycle

    Read more ...
  • New rider: Top 5 commuter bikes

    03 July 2009 by Marc Abbott

    New rider: Top 5 commuter bikes

    Are you new to biking and looking for affordable and comfortable work transport? You’ll be needing our guide to the top 5 used commuter bikes. Thinking of trading in? Sell your bike with MCN for...

    Read more ...
  • Kit: Buying waterproofs

    03 July 2009 by Rob Hull

    Kit: Buying waterproofs

    There’s three key things to consider when buying waterproofs – they’re completely waterproof (obvious, but there are things to look for), they’ve quick and easy to get on and they’re...

    Read more ...
  • British Standards for puncture repairs

    01 July 2009 by Marc Abbott

    British Standards for puncture repairs

    A British standard exists for motorcycle tyre repairs (BSAU159f), which determines the strength of the repair and where it can and can’t be made in the tyre. Compare and buy motorcycle tyres Being a...

    Read more ...
  • Motorcycle Safety: Get started young

    26 June 2009 by Marc Abbott

    A field bike and a patch of grass was many a teenage new rider's introduction to bikes, but these days there are a few schemes dotted around the country, many run by local authorities that give youngsters a taste of two wheels. The Auto Cycle Union has a list of national schemes. Contact Debbie Walmsley: 01788-540519.   The best way to build up your skills from an early age is to enter...

    Read more ...
  • Buying your first bike on a budget

    26 June 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Buying your first bike on a budget

    If you are in the market for a new bike, but your budget is tight so you are heading towards one of the crop of Chinese-made bikes that have entered the market over the last few years, you need to...

    Read more ...
  • What effect does ride height adjustment have?

    24 June 2009 by Marc Abbott

    What effect does ride height adjustment have?

    Ride height adjustment is usually only found on top-of-the-range sports bikes, nakeds and the occasional sports-tourer, It raises or lowers the height of the rear shock, lifting or lowering the entire...

    Read more ...
  • How to scrub in your tyres

    24 June 2009 by Marc Abbott

    How to scrub in your tyres

    In a word 'gently'. When the tyre comes out of the mould there are release agents that need to be removed before the rubber performs at its optimum. Compare and buy motorcycle tyres To do that you...

    Read more ...
  • How much to spend on a rear shock

    24 June 2009 by Marc Abbott

    How much to spend on a rear shock

    If you're thinking of replacing your rear shock and are unsure of how much to spend, consider this... Choose a specialist supplier/manufacturer who can give decent back-up and advice. You are going to...

    Read more ...
  • Firmer brakes overnight

    19 June 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Firmer brakes overnight

    For an easier way to get better brakes, use a cable-tie or similar to hold the front brake on quite tightly and leave overnight. When returning to the bike next day tap the brake hoses thoroughly to...

    Read more ...
  • Kit: Choosing the right kit

    17 June 2009 by Laura Kennerley

    Kit: Choosing the right kit

    Choosing the right kit for any motorcyclist, new or experienced, should always follow the same guidelines. Just because you’re a new rider, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have the optimum level of...

    Read more ...
  • 125cc motorcycles information centre

    15 June 2009 by MCN

    125cc motorcycles information centre

    Welcome to the launch centre for 125cc motorcycles, encompassing everything from cheap 125cc scooters to the newest and fastest 125cc sportsbike. Here you'll be able to find everything you wanted to...

    Read more ...
Bauer Media

Bauer Media Group consists of: Bauer Consumer Media Ltd, Company number: 01176085, Bauer Radio Ltd, Company Number: 1394141
Registered Office: Media House, Peterborough Business Park, Lynch Wood, Peterborough, PE2 6EA H Bauer Publishing,
Company Number: LP003328 Registered Office: Academic House, 24-28 Oval Road, London, NW1 7DT.
All registered in England and Wales. VAT no 918 5617 01
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd are authorised and regulated by the FCA(Ref No. 710067)