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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

  • 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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  • Technical advice: Trouble selecting neutral

    15 May 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Technical advice: Trouble selecting neutral

    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. It's become really difficult to select neutral on...

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  • Product advice: Paint for fairing panels

    15 May 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Product advice: Paint for fairing panels

    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 went sliding down the road recently on my Suzuki...

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  • Parts advice: Mirror extensions

    15 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 need some mirror extensions for my CBR600F, does anyone know who makes them. Phil Walden, Gosport A. A VFR Owners Club member from Hatfield, Pete Morgan, manufactures and supply mirror extensions for several Honda models including VFRs, CBR600s and...

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  • Basic Skills: Changing gear smoothly

    15 May 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Basic Skills: Changing gear smoothly

    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. All the good riders I know can change gears really...

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  • Clothing advice: Keeping out the draft

    14 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Clothing advice: Keeping out the draft

    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 got a two-piece textile suit which is quite warm but...

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  • Tyre advice: The best tyres for a Hayabusa

    14 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Tyre advice: The best tyres for a Hayabusa

    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 just got a mint Suzuki Hayabusa which is great...

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  • Bike accessory advice: The coolest exhausts

    08 May 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Bike accessory advice: The coolest exhausts

    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. Can I fit a race can to my Honda Hornet 600 which won’t...

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  • Clothing advice: 2-piece suits on a budget

    08 May 2009 by Rob Hull

    Clothing advice: 2-piece suits on a budget

    MCN expert Rob Hull is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Compare and buy motorcycle leathers Q) Dear Rob, I want...

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  • Taking care of tyres after a trackday

    07 May 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Taking care of tyres after a trackday

    Tyre manufacturers have developed specific tyres for specific purposes, so doing a trackday on tyres designed as as a sports touring tyre will hammer them on the track. However, they won't have...

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  • Suspension advice: Knocking front end

    06 May 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Suspension advice: Knocking front end

    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 Yamaha Fazer 1000 has developed an occasional...

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  • Technical advice: Oil light problems

    05 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. Are there any common faults with the oil pumps on 1996 Kawasaki ZX-6Rs? I have just done an oil change but I think mine has packed in because the oil light won’t go out? Mike Else, e-mail A. I hope you haven’t done any miles on it because if the pump...

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  • Technical advice: Stop your bike backfiring

    01 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. Mh Honda VT750C Ace has had a backfiring problem for the 3000 miles I’ve owned it. All Bran sorted a similar personal problem and I was wondering if you had a cure? It runs fine and the plugs look normal. It happens more on a gentle overrun, like slowing down...

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  • Clothing advice: Keeping the sun out

    01 May 2009 by MCN

    At this time of year with the low sun a great easy tip is to put a strip of parcel tape at the very top of your visor, when riding into the sun it allows some defence to being dazzled. Scott Cockayne, Wolverhampton

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  • Bike accessory advice: Quickshifters

    24 April 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. Of the many type of quickshifters available common sense would suggest that the type to cut off the fuel injectors (power commander?) rather than ignition would be preferable. Also the full electronic over the relay type? As MCN does not appear to have done any...

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  • Bike accessory advice: Raising the back

    24 April 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Bike accessory advice: Raising the back

    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 got a 1990 Yamaha FZR1000 as a budget bike to get...

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  • Tyre advice: Best tyres for CB1000R

    20 April 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Tyre advice: Best tyres for CB1000R

    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. Dear Chris, which tyes would you recommend for a...

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  • Clothing advice: Custom leather jackets

    16 April 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Clothing advice: Custom leather jackets

    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'd like to get a leather jacket made with some...

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  • Clothing advice: Cleaning your visor

    09 April 2009 by Rob Hull

    Clothing advice: Cleaning your visor

    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 commute all year round so my visor gets extremely mucky.

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  • Bike accessory advice: Aftermarket indicators

    09 April 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 have cracked a front indicator on my Yamaha R6 and I want to know whether I can fit a set of aftermarket flush-mounted indicators instead. Is it legal to use side repeaters and does the light need to be projected forward? Jeff Miller, Bournemouth A.

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  • Technical advice: Loosening corroded bolts

    09 April 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. want to replace the standard exhaust system on my 12,000 mile Kawasaki ZX-7R with an aftermarket system, but all the fixing nuts and bolts are corroded solid. I managed to get the larger collector box nuts off with WD40 and a long extension on the socket,...

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