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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

  • Can I fit mismatched tyres to my Fazer?

    27 September 2011 by MCN

    Can I fit mismatched tyres to my Fazer?

    The front Dunlop Sportmax on my Yamaha FZ6 Fazer is getting due for replacement and I’d like a reasonably priced new tyre that would suit. The rear tyre is also a Sportmax but has lots of life...

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  • Why are my Hayabusa's brakes clicking?

    26 September 2011 by MCN

    Why are my Hayabusa's brakes clicking?

    I changed the front pads on my Hayabusa recently, but now after hitting the brakes I keep hearing an annoying ‘clicking’ sound like something is touching the brake discs. I took it back to the...

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  • Best tyres for a Suzuki B-King

    20 September 2011 by MCN

    Best tyres for a Suzuki B-King

    Q. I’m looking for the best all-round tyres for my Suzuki B-King. On the web forums a lot of people are changing from the 200/50 rear to a 190/55, saying you get better turn in. Plus there is more...

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  • Kawasaki ZZR1400 head bearing issue

    20 September 2011 by MCN

    Kawasaki ZZR1400 head bearing issue

    Q. I have a 2007 Kawasaki ZZR1400 that has, from new, produced a loud crack from the head race area. During the guarantee period I was always told at each service that there was nothing to worry about...

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  • Suspension fix for a 2004 Yamaha Fazer 1000

    20 September 2011 by MCN

    Suspension fix for a 2004 Yamaha Fazer 1000

    Q. This is my second Fazer 1000, an ’04 model after several Blades and R1s. Ticking nearly all of the boxes: performance (Akrapovic system) and practicality aswell as all-day comfort, the glaring...

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  • Best all-round tyres for a KTM Superduke

    08 September 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Best all-round tyres for a KTM Superduke

    I have a KTM Superduke and need to replace both tyres. I ride quite hard so need something that inspires confidence, but often get caught out in the wet, so need something that doesn’t slide all over...

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  • Kawasaki ER-5 keeps stalling

    08 September 2011 by MCN

    Kawasaki ER-5 keeps stalling

    I have a 2002 Kawasaki ER-5, the engine starts and runs perfectly, but as soon as you put it in gear and start to release the clutch the bike will stall, no matter how high the revs are. It's not the...

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  • Triumph Sprint ST downchange problem

    08 September 2011 by MCN

    Triumph Sprint ST downchange problem

    I bought a new Triumph Sprint ST a year ago. Right from the start, I have had problems getting a smooth, slick downchange, especially from fourth to third to second and first. Occasionally I get it...

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  • How to extract a bar end weight screw

    30 August 2011 by MCN

    How to extract a bar end weight screw

    Q. I have a bar end weight screw stuck in the end of the bar after the bar end snapped off. There isn’t much sticking out to get a grip of, so I’m going to have a go at drilling it out, but are there...

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  • Why are my bulbs blowing?

    30 August 2011 by MCN

    Why are my bulbs blowing?

    Q. I replaced a bulb for the speedo on my, but when I was on my way home from work late this evening I accelerated hard to overtake a car on the slip road and join the motorway, and shortly after my...

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  • Yamaha YBR125 clutch problem

    30 August 2011 by MCN

    Yamaha YBR125 clutch problem

    Q. Just recently my YBR125 has started mucking around when it comes to shifting up from first to second. It will eventually go into gear, but only after several de-clutchings and an embarrassing 30...

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  • Why are my Aprilia Mille's tyres deflating?

    09 August 2011 by MCN

    Why are my Aprilia Mille's tyres deflating?

    Q. I have bought a 2002 Aprilia Mille that is having tyre problems – they’re deflating for no reason. I have put new tyres and valves on and the problem is still there. Motorcycle tyres for sale. The...

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  • Best retro helmet for less than £200

    04 August 2011 by MCN

    Best retro helmet for less than £200

    Q. I'm looking for an open-face helmet to wear on a Triumph Bonneville and I've about £200 to spend (although I'd rather spend less!). Cheap motorcycle helmets for sale. What are my options? Martin...

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  • Why's my FZ1 rear brake useless?

    04 August 2011 by MCN

    Why's my FZ1 rear brake useless?

    Q. The rear brake on my Yamaha FZ1 is useless. I told my local Yamaha dealer when they had it for its 12,000-mile service and afterwards they said it was OK. They said the pads looked almost new (they...

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  • What's holding my tyre to the rim?

    25 July 2011 by MCN

    What's holding my tyre to the rim?

    Q. Why does the rear wheel of a motorcycle not spin within the tyre? A great emphasis is placed on maximising tyre grip against the road surface, so why do the wheels not spin inside the tyre - the...

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  • Perfect tyre for a BMW K1200RS

    20 July 2011 by MCN

    Perfect tyre for a BMW K1200RS

    Q. I've come to the end of the road with the current tyres on my trusty '01 BMW K1200RS (Front Avon Azaro 120/70ZR17, Rear Avon 'Storm' AV56 180/55ZR17) and need a little guidance. My annual mileage...

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  • How do I get exhaust bolts out?

    20 July 2011 by MCN

    How do I get exhaust bolts out?

    Q. What’s the best method of getting exhaust bolts out? I have two Allen head studs and the heads inside are rounded off. mjhammer92, MCN forums A. If you can get to them OK then you can hammer a Torx...

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  • Can I buy a 190-section Bridgestone BT021?

    13 July 2011 by MCN

    Can I buy a 190-section Bridgestone BT021?

    Q. I have a VFR1200 2010 model it has Bridgestone BT021 190/55ZR17 rear and BT021 120/70ZR front I wanted to know if I could put Bridgestone BT023 or BT023 GT as my friends are running them on their...

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  • Why does my Triumph TT600 cut out?

    13 July 2011 by MCN

    Why does my Triumph TT600 cut out?

    Q. I have a 2002 Triumph TT600 with 20,000 miles on the clock. I'm having intermittent issues with it cutting out. The bike will start fine to begin with, but cuts out mid-ride. When it does this the...

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  • Sticky BMW K75RT throttle grip

    04 July 2011 by MCN

    Sticky BMW K75RT throttle grip

    Q. I currently own a 1992 BMW K75RT. It has just failed its MoT on one single point. The throttle grip does not return to tickover when released. I have taken the handlebar mechanism apart and it is...

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  • Why is my Hornet's front end squeaking?

    27 June 2011 by MCN

    Why is my Hornet's front end squeaking?

    Q. I have just upgraded from my trusty CBR125 to a 2004 Hornet 600, in very good conditionjust under 11,000 miles and a brilliant bike in itself. I have just had a new tyre and pads put on the front,...

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  • Cure for GS's flashing ABS lights

    27 June 2011 by MCN

    Cure for GS's flashing ABS lights

    Q. My BMW R1150GS has ABS – as soon as the bike starts to move I could hear the noise of the ABS engaging and at the same time two simultaneously flashing red lights on thedash would go out. Recently,...

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  • Why does my RS125 judder?

    22 June 2011 by MCN

    Why does my RS125 judder?

    Q. I’ve noticed a problem when using the front brake on my 2008 RS125. Sometimes, when braking lightly, the whole front of the bike starts vibrating quite violently - it's not a massive problem but it...

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  • Cure for spluttering ZZR1400

    22 June 2011 by MCN

    Cure for spluttering ZZR1400

    Q. I’ve owned a 2008 Kawasaki ZZR1400 ABS model from new. Recently when it’s at about 60mph in fourth or fifth gear it will start to splutter as if it is running out of petrol or firing on three...

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  • FJ1200 fuel cut-off woes

    14 June 2011 by MCN

    FJ1200 fuel cut-off woes

    Can you help me with a fuel reserve cut-off problem on my 1986 Yamaha FJ1200 please? The fuel tap solenoid appears to be faulty and it cuts off the fuel supply when there’s still lots of fuel in the...

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  • Best tyres for a Triumph Daytona 675

    14 June 2011 by MCN

    Best tyres for a Triumph Daytona 675

    I’ve just acquired a 2006 Daytona 675 fitted with old Dunlop Sportmax D208s which don't inspire confidence. I used Pirelli Diablo Corsas on a 2000 Blade, which worked well. Would you recommend the...

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  • Where are my ZZ-R600's spark plugs?!

    14 June 2011 by MCN

    Where are my ZZ-R600's spark plugs?!

    I decided to check the plugs on my Y-reg Kawasaki ZZ-R600 so dutifully got out my Haynes manual, read up on the steps to take. 1. Remove seat, 2. Disconnect battery, 3. Remove tank 4. Access plugs…...

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