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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

  • Technical advice: Sorting a misfiring engine

    27 March 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Technical advice: Sorting a misfiring engine

    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 1985 BMW K100RT which has been misfiring for...

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  • Clothing advice : Loud helmet

    25 March 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Clothing advice : Loud helmet

    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. My helmet is really noisy, a friend suggested that...

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  • Bike accessories advice: Mirror extensions

    21 March 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Bike accessories advice: Mirror extensions

    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...

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  • First time bikes for tall riders

    21 March 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    First time bikes for tall riders

    Q. I am due to take the Direct Access Scheme and test in a couple of weeks. Once I pass, I am looking to buy an all-rounder middleweight. However, being a tall bloke - 6'4", I...

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  • Tyre advice: Changing wheels for the right tyre

    21 March 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Q. I am missing out on so many good tyre deals because my 1998 RRW Fireblade has got a 16 inch front wheel that I want to switch to a 17 incher. Will a VFR800/Hornet wheel drop straight in? Andy Kent, e-mail A. It is possible to change the front wheel of a Fireblade from 16 to 17 inches. If the bike is a 1992-1996 model it will take the same wheel and discs that are fitted to CBR600s and...

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  • Technical advice: Fuel problems with my carb

    16 March 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. My 1992 Honda PC800 starts well from cold, ticks over beautifully and usually pulls away smoothly on small throttle openings. However as soon as I open the throttle wider it coughs and backfires through the carbs until I close it down again. As it gets warmer,...

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  • Technical advice: Fixing a dodgy battery

    16 March 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Technical advice: Fixing a dodgy battery

    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-6R has had a new battery and...

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  • Clothing advice: heated gloves

    13 March 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Clothing advice: heated gloves

    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 can't wait to get out on the roads and start...

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  • Technical advice: Fixing gear selectors

    09 March 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Technical advice: Fixing gear selectors

    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 own a Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja on a 2001...

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  • Everything you need for a bike rally

    06 March 2009 by Marc Potter

    Everything you need for a bike rally

    Torches, sleeping bags, stoves, tents. The MCN Shop has everything you’ll ever need for a summer of bike rallies (except maybe a guaranteed hangover cure). With torches for the price of a pint and...

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  • Clothing advice: Iridium visors for pillions

    05 March 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Clothing advice: Iridium visors for pillions

    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 you help settle an argument between my girlfriend...

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  • Bike accessories advice: Aftermarket bulbs

    04 March 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Bike accessories advice: Aftermarket bulbs

    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 don’t want to get nicked for using a coloured headlight...

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  • Tyre advice: Scrubbing new tyres in

    03 March 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Tyre advice: Scrubbing new tyres in

    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 heard new bike tyres need to be “scrubbed in”. What...

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  • Technical advice: Kawasaki ZZR400 carb icing

    02 March 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Technical advice: Kawasaki ZZR400 carb icing

    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. As soon as the weather gets a bit cold my Kawasaki ZZR400...

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  • Suspension advice : Yamaha Thundercat

    02 March 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Suspension advice : Yamaha Thundercat

    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 just bought an '03 Yamaha Thundercat in pristine...

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  • Tire advice : Honda CB1000 Big One tires

    02 March 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Tire advice : Honda CB1000 Big One tires

    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 ride a Honda CB1000 Big One, its rear tyre is a...

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  • Technical advice : Aprilia air filters

    02 March 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Technical advice : Aprilia air filters

    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 read numerous forum postings about de-restricting an...

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  • Suspension advice: Fork internal problems

    20 February 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Suspension advice: Fork internal 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 hereQ. My Yamaha Fazer 1000 has developed an occasional knocking...

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  • Clothing advice: Jackets for the larger man

    20 February 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Clothing advice: Jackets for the larger man

    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 been desperately trying to purchase a lightweight Gore...

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  • Long life tyres for the Kawasaki ZX-10R

    20 February 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Long life tyres for the Kawasaki ZX-10R

    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 a Kawasaki ZX-10R and do around 160 miles a day on it.

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  • Oxford heated grips problem fixed

    16 February 2009 by Anonymous

    I bought Oxford Hot Grips at the NEC show, but like most people never kept the receipt. They failed after just 2 months and initially Oxford just said buy a new switch. After reading comments on forums, this appears to be a common fault. However I called Oxford again and spoke to an excellent member of their staff named Charlotte. She has done everything she...

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