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

  • Best tyres for 25-year-old Sportster

    04 August 2011 by MCN

    Best tyres for 25-year-old Sportster

    Q. I have a 1986 Harley Sportster 1100XLH, currently fitted with an Avon Venom-X MT90B16 on the rear (half-inch chicken strips) and a Dunlop Roadmaster TT100 4.10H19 61H at thefront (worn to the...

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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 is my Honda CBR125R losing power?

    13 July 2011 by MCN

    Why is my Honda CBR125R losing power?

    Q. I have a 2005 Honda CBR125R and often have a problem with it when opening the throttle on a uphill stretch of road. It happened a few times before, so I removed and totally cleaned the carb and...

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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 rubber upgrade for Honda CBR600RR

    04 July 2011 by MCN

    Sticky rubber upgrade for Honda CBR600RR

    Q. I have just bought a 2007 Honda CBR600RR and the rear Bridgestone BT-015R is just about squared off. Cheap motorcycle tyres for sale. Would there be anything better for fast road riding, or should...

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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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  • How to inflate your tyres

    27 June 2011 by MCN

    How to inflate your tyres

    Q. I have only had one issue with my Bandit GSF650, and that is pumping the tyres up to correct level. Petrol stations compressors have that long steel nozzle, which is OK for cars, but the angle to...

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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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  • Yamaha R1 gearbox troubles

    14 June 2011 by MCN

    Yamaha R1 gearbox troubles

    I've just bought a 2004 Yamaha R1. It shifts through all the gears fine if going steady but if I am accelerating hard when I shift into fifth it will hit a false neutral then find sixth. I'm thinking...

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  • How to fit performance brake lines

    13 June 2011 by MCN

    How to fit performance brake lines

    This step-by-step video shows you how to replace ageing brakes lines with a set of high performance lines for increased braking power. While older bikes are still great fun one of the easiest ways of...

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  • Triumph Daytona 955i won't tick over

    06 June 2011 by MCN

    Triumph Daytona 955i won't tick over

    I have a 1999 Triumph Daytona 955i. It refuses to tick over when started from cold. After a couple of miles down the road, it seems fine. If I restart it before it gets cold it’s OK. If I leave it...

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  • Cure for sticky CBR125R speedo

    06 June 2011 by MCN

    Cure for sticky CBR125R speedo

    I’ve owned my 2005 Honda CBR125 for around six months and it’s recently developed a problem where the speedo wavers annoyingly at around 60mph, occasionally sticking at this speed. Joshterry93, MCN...

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  • Why is my CBR600's mudguard cracked?

    06 June 2011 by MCN

    Why is my CBR600's mudguard cracked?

    I have a Honda CBR600 Sport that I have owned for eight years. After my second outing this year I noticed a series of cracks around the lower mounting point of one side on the front mudguard. I fitted...

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  • Why is my front tyre wearing unevenly?

    01 June 2011 by MCN

    Why is my front tyre wearing unevenly?

    Q. I have a Kawasaki ZX-10R with a Metzeler front motorcycle tyre which has worn around one side only, similar to tracking wear on a car tyre, with the wear starting from the centre of the tyre.

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  • Why is my Kawasaki ZXR750 clutch slipping?

    01 June 2011 by MCN

    Why is my Kawasaki ZXR750 clutch slipping?

    Q. I’ve just put some new clutch plates in my Kawasaki ZXR750 H2, but it’s still slipping. Can I adjust it out? wingy46, MCN forums   A. As your clutch is hydraulic, the only adjustment is at...

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