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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

  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 5 great 125cc scooters

    12 June 2009 by James Keen

    5 great 125cc scooters

    So you've just passed your CBT and you're in the market for a decent 125cc scooter... but which one? There's so much choice out there it can be overwhelming for new riders. That's why we've short...

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  • FAQ: Petrol station etiquette

    11 June 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    FAQ: Petrol station etiquette

    It¹s a sad fact that bikers are lumped in with armed robbers at petrol stations and can¹t get served until they've taken their crash helmet off. But what to do if it's a flip-front lid and you still...

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  • FAQ: How do I clean my motorcycle gloves?

    11 June 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    FAQ: How do I clean my motorcycle gloves?

    If your bike gloves smell sweaty when warm and make your hands stink you can do something about it. If they are leather with a man-made lining turn them inside and hand wash them with some detergent...

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  • Tyre advice for Triumph Daytona 675

    11 June 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Tyre advice for Triumph Daytona 675

    Q. I'm getting through the rear Pirelli Diablo Super Corsa on my Triumph 675 on my daily commute and I want to switch to a tyre that will give me better mileage and decent levels of grip. I don¹t...

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  • Suspension advice: Nitride coating on forks

    11 June 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Suspension advice: Nitride coating on forks

    Q. What is nitride coating and what does it do for your forks? A. The structural elements of a fork leg are two precision-made tubes, one sliding inside the other. When the forces of riding are...

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  • How to: Modify your 125

    10 June 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    How to: Modify your 125

    Part of the joy of owning a bike is making it your own – but when you’re starting out it’s easy to get it wrong. As well as the question of taste, there are also legal implications with certain...

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  • Mystery Rossi helmet

    08 June 2009 by matt hatley

    Mystery Rossi helmet

    I purchased a racing bike back in 2001 and this helmet came with it. I have since sold the bike but the helmet has been hanging in my office ever since. I would like to know were it came from or what...

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  • Tyre advice: I can only lean so far

    02 June 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Tyre advice: I can only lean so far

    MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. My Kawasaki ZX-636 is fitted with its standard Dunlop tyres...

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  • Technical advice: Bandit misfire problems

    01 June 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Technical advice: Bandit misfire problems

    MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. My 2001 Bandit 600 has an intermittent misfire...

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  • Technical advice: Stalling on downshifts

    01 June 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Technical advice: Stalling on downshifts

    MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I got a Ducati Monster 1100S a couple of weeks ago and I...

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  • Naked or faired for a first bike?

    27 May 2009 by MCN

    Naked or faired for a first bike?

    MCN's problem-solving community has the answers to most biking queries you could imagine. Here, they help a newbie with new bike choice... Ziqnzoq: I passed my test last week and am now thinking about...

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  • Suspension advice: Yamaha 2003 R1

    27 May 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Suspension advice: Yamaha 2003 R1

    MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I'm experiencing problems with the back end of my standard...

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  • Readers vote Shoei top helmet

    27 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Readers vote Shoei top helmet

    Shoei's XR1000 has been voted best for comfort and best overall helmet over £400 in our MCN Biking Britain survey. To join 12,000 other readers in making your voice heard, click here to enter the...

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  • Keeping rain off your visor

    26 May 2009 by andybiker

    Regarding keeping rain off your visor, the best way is to use a V-Wipe. No, not the sponge in a bag that helps you keep it clean but a rubber sheath complete with windscreen wiper-like blade that you slip over your gloved finger. I think it's made by Bob Heath. Brilliant!

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  • FAQ: Should I warm up my bike before a ride?

    22 May 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    FAQ: Should I warm up my bike before a ride?

    MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. Could you please clear something up for me? My DAS instructor...

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  • Kit: Finding motorcycle clothing for large riders

    22 May 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I’ve jsut passed my test and I’m eager to get going, but I’m stumbling across a few problems finding kit to fit. I’m of the oversized group and I am finding it very hard to find the gear I need in my size. I know I have a few options, like go on a crash...

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  • Product advice: Keeping rain off your visor

    21 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. My summer gloves can't shift the rain off my visor - is there anything else I can use? A. Try giving your visor a coat of Raincoat - it claims to waterproof your visor, making it harder for water droplets to stick to it. Also, an alternative method of shifting...

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  • How to find a helmet that fits

    21 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    How to find a helmet that fits

    Different brands of helmet seem to fit different shapes of head, and there’s little to be gained from splashing out on the latest top-end race rep if your head is going to rattle around in it. Follow...

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  • Tyre advice: Touring tyres on a trackday

    20 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Tyre advice: Touring tyres on a trackday

    MCN expert Marc Abbott is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I've recently fitted a pair of Dunlop Roadsmarts to...

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  • Bike accessory advice: Removing scratches

    20 May 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Bike accessory advice: Removing scratches

    MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I’ve scratched the screen of my BMW R1100RT. Watch can I do...

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