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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

  • Suspension advice: setting up your rear shock

    13 February 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Suspension advice: setting up your rear shock

    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 2006 Speed Triple 1050 which I absolutely love.

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  • Bike accessories advice: ACF50

    13 February 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Bike accessories advice: ACF50

    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. A number of weeks ago I spotted an article in your weekly...

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  • Clothing advice: Choosing a back protector

    13 February 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Clothing advice: Choosing a back protector

    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 Dainese leather jacket with a Backspace G back...

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  • Acumen Cat 1.1 smallest in UK

    30 January 2009 by Michael Carroll

    Acumen Cat 1.1 smallest in UK

    Acumen claims its latest motorcycle alarm is the smallest available in the UK. The Acumen Cat 1.1 alarm and immobiliser measures 112x56x32mm, and meets the Thatcham Category 1 standard. Compare and...

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  • 70mph & the U turn

    28 December 2008 by Anonymous

    After 30 years of driving a car I went back to 2 wheels, did my CBT & DAS, the instruction was perfect - the trainee struggled. CBT was a bit of an eye opener & made me realise how over relaxed my driving was (I drive about 35K miles annually),no problem with braking angears but even on the 125cc the U turn was going to be my nemisis - but got through the day thoroughly enjoying every...

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  • My bike test report

    18 December 2008 by Anonymous

    Like most, I too decided to spend a small fortune and do the DAS course with a company in Southend-on-sea. The first day was taken up with the CBT which I found quite easy. I havent ridden a bike for nearly 20 years so I was pleased with how at ease I felt. All was good with the figure of 8, U-turns, emergency stop etc. Even out on the road I felt very confident. After the first day and passing...

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  • Dual purpose tyres for the Yamaha TDM

    04 December 2008 by frankp

    I own a year 2000 build TDM 850, live in Bribane Australia and ride as often as I can. My TDM has done over 120,000km and has given no trouble. I ride nearly every day and usually do a 500km loop somewhere around southern Queensland or Northern New South Wales on a Sunday. I like riding off road a bit, not trail work obviously with a TDM but gravel roads etc because it is more interesting. The...

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  • How to stop your visor misting this winter

    26 November 2008 by James Keen

    How to stop your visor misting this winter

    Good visibility is crucial to staying safe when riding this winter and a big barrier to that is the age old problem of visor misting. As temperatures drop the likelihood of this problem occuring is...

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  • Hand Guards for Street Bikes

    16 October 2008 by iancol

    Hand Guards for Street Bikes

    I don't always get MCN but one week recently I did and saw a short press release on the new Acerbis hand guards for street bikes – their model “Dual Road”. I made enquiries in the trade and the...

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  • Bikers shell out £1000 a year on kit

    12 September 2008 by Michael Carroll

    British motorcyclists spend an average of almost £1,000 on kit every year, according to research by retailer Infinity Motorcycles. Shop for over 45,000 products with MCN Leather goods account for the lion’s share of the £960 per annum average spend, with riders shelling out £321 each year on jackets and jeans. Helmets were the next highest (£241), followed by textiles (£183), boots (£138), and...

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  • Basic Skills: Master your gearbox

    03 September 2008 by Liam Marsden

    Basic Skills: Master your gearbox

    One of the most difficult parts of riding a bike is changing gears. On a race track a bad gear change can lose you valuable seconds, on the road a botched gear change looks messy and you'll feel a bit...

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  • Get your suspension set up to suit you!

    14 August 2008 by andy deegan

    Having ridden motorcycles since the age of three, I thought there was bugger all my mucker Gaffs could tell me about bikes! But after the obligatory half a gallon of grog on a Friday night, he convinced me to stop being a m**ge bag, and part with forty quid to have my suspension set up professionally! being an engineer, I was convinced that modern bikes come out of the factory set up to almost...

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  • MCN shopping proves a huge success

    30 July 2008 by MCN Newsdesk

    MCN shopping proves a huge success

    MCN’s new online shop has gone live. The site is the first in the UK to allow riders to browse and compare the prices of more than 50,000 bike products, supplied by the country’s biggest retailers,...

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  • Adam Shorrock's motorcycle test diary

    14 July 2008 by Adam Shorrock

    Adam Shorrock's motorcycle test diary

    I passed my CBT last summer with CAM Rider and must admit I was surprised I passed. Looking back at handling my first 125cc motorcycle are memories of excruciating pain in my crotch and a thumping...

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  • 30mph limit is dangerous

    23 June 2008 by dghackett

    I believe that 70mph is the speed limit on dual carriageways. As long as you are not a hazard to others then you travel at the speed you are happy with. If 70mph is a must during your motorcycle test how can the goverment justify the 30mph limits for 50cc motorbikes and scooters?! These are allowed to use dual carrageways. HGV's are governed to 56mph max and only allowed to 40mph on unrestricted...

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  • Data Tag registration

    22 June 2008 by oldfatfart

    Hi, I bought my bike last year, it has a data tag number on it but no phone number to register it, does anyone know how to do this? please help. Thanks.

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  • Faulty luggage position on Suzuki Bandit GT

    07 May 2008 by Anonymous

    Faulty luggage position on Suzuki Bandit GT

    I have just purchased a bandit 1250 GT and when I got it home I found that you could not sit two people on the bike because of the position of the top box. It sits over the back seat and means there...

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  • SHARP helmet tests remain a work in progress

    06 May 2008 by Michael Carroll

    SHARP helmet tests remain a work in progress

    The first round of results from the Safety Helmet Assessment and Rating Program (SHARP) helmet test scheme are on-track to be published during the spring, a spokesman for the Department for Transport...

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  • 675 exhaust

    09 April 2008 by mark bignell

    Hi, bought a Triumph Daytona 675 masterclass a few months ago. Wanted to get the best exhaust sound but didn't want to lose the fantastic looks of the back end. Bought a never been used end can off ebay for £35 and set about removing the baffle. It took some doing but after cutting, bashing, butchering and welding it was sorted. Fitted it to the bike and what a sound. Took the bike to local...

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  • Video: Setting your suspension up for the track

    25 March 2008 by Michael Neeves

    Last year Michael Neeves ran his Yamaha R1 as both a road and race bike but this year, he's saving it just for track so to give him that extra edge he's getting full ohlins race suspension fitted. Check out the video below to follow Neevesy and his R1 as the shiney new kit gets fitted and gives the bike a new lease of life.

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  • KNOX chest protector

    17 January 2008 by Liam Marsden

    KNOX chest protector

    British protection specialists KNOX have responded to a recent MAID survey with the release of their chest protector. The MAID survey showed that 27% of chest injuries are critical, compared to only...

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  • Video: What happens in a motorcycle accident

    03 January 2008 by John Wakefield, Howard Boylan, Chris Slade

    In the 10th of our helmet tips series John Wakefield, from UK Arai distributor Pheonix, explains what happens to a your head and helmet in a motorcycle accident. Click here to check out the rest of the helmet tips in the series. Check out the video below to see John take you through how to get the most out of your lid then check back throughout the next two weeks to...

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