Choosing kit

MCN shopping proves a huge success

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,...

New MCN Shop lets you find the best deal on products and kit

New MCN Shop lets you find the best deal on products and kit

The UK’s first online motorcycle shop that lets you track down all your biking kit in just a few seconds and compare prices to get the best deal goes live this week. MCN has teamed up with some...

Faulty luggage position on Suzuki Bandit GT

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...

SHARP helmet tests remain a work in progress

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...

675 exhaust

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...

Video: Setting your suspension up for the track

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.

KNOX chest protector

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...

Video: What happens in a motorcycle accident

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...

Video: What to do if you damage your helmet

In the 11th of our helmet tips series John Wakefield, from UK Arai distributor Pheonix, explains what to do if you damage your helmet. 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 catch the rest of our Helmet...

Video: How to reduce helmet noise

In the 12th of our helmet tips series John Wakefield, from UK Arai distributor Pheonix, shows you how to get rid of excess noise in your helmet. 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 catch the rest of our...

Video: What happens to a helmet during a crash

In the eigth of our helmet tips series John Wakefield, from UK Arai distributor Pheonix, explains what happens to a motorcycle helmet in an 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 catch the rest of...

Video: How protective is an Arai helmet

In the ninth of our helmet tips series John Wakefield, from UK Arai distributor Pheonix, explains just how protective an Arai helmet is. 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 catch the rest of our Helmet tips...

Video tip: How to fit a helmet properly

In the seventh of our new Helmet tips series John Wakefield, from UK Arai distributor Pheonix, explains explains the often missunderstood process of making sure your helmet fits properly. 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...

Video tip: What is an Arai helmet made of?

In the sixth of our new Helmet tips series John Wakefield, from UK Arai distributor Pheonix, explains what goes in to making on your helmet. 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 catch the rest of our...

Video tip: Can I put stickers on my helmet?

In the fifth of our new Helmet tips series John Wakefield, from UK Arai distributor Pheonix, deals with the question of whether it is safe to put stickers on your helmet. 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 catch...

Video tip: How to solve misting issues on an Arai helmet

In the fourth of our new Helmet tips series John Wakefield, from UK Arai distributor Pheonix, shows us how to solve misting problems with your helmet. 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 catch the rest...

Video tip: How to adjust an Arai helmet visor

In the third of our new Helmet tips series John Wakefield, from UK Arai distributor Pheonix, shows us how to properly clean and care for your helmet. 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 catch the rest of our...

Video tip: How to properly clean your helmet

In the second of our new Helmet tips series John Wakefield, from UK Arai distributor Pheonix, shows us how to properly clean and care for your helmet. 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 catch the rest of our Helmet...

Video tip: How to change an Arai visor in seconds

In the first of our new Helmet tips series John Wakefield, from UK Arai distributor Pheonix, shows us how easy it is to change an Arai visor properly. Check out the video below to see John take you through the easy process of changing the visor then check back throughout the next two weeks to catch the rest of our Helmet tips series. Click here to ask John an Arai question

How to lift your motorcycle on to a paddock stand

How to lift your motorcycle on to a paddock stand

If you’re a paddock stand virgin then getting a bike up can look a bit daunting. There’s a particular skill to getting a bike on a stand on your own, but if you’re doing a trackday or live on your own...

Blackbird bars

Blackbird bars

I have recently bought a 2005 Honda Super Blackbird. Having very short legs and only being 5' 7" tall I found it necessary to have the seat cut down slightly. I also read an article on the Blackbird...

MCN's A-Z material terminology guide

MCN's A-Z material terminology guide

Are you living in a material world? Perhaps not. If you are not quite sure what Dynax, Brexcel or Primaloft materials are, MCN has produced an A-Z guide to get the know-how on all the...

DIY screen extender

DIY screen extender

Not being satisfied with the windscreen on my new bike I had a got at making it higher. I bought a new visor for my helmet and used the old one with the lugs cut off and attached it to the screen...

Wheel alignment tip

To make sure my wheels are aligned I use a cheap laser pointer. Put the bike on stand or side stand, bluetak the pointer to brick. Align front and back wheel, get a piece of wood about six inches wide, mark the middle of the wood and add half of the rear tyre measurement. Mark the measurement on the wood, place the wood on the front tyre with the centre mark in middle of tyre and outside...

Tips for easy cleaning

The most important bit of kit I keep in my garage is a can of Mr Sheen wax polish or supermarket equivelant (it's cheaper!) Sprayed all over the bike it will get rid of splatted insects, brake dust and even chain grease. Simply spray on, leave for a minute and wipe off. Not only does it get rid of all the stuff you don't want, but it also leaves a layer of wax, especially on wheels so you can just...

How to make your bike go better on the cheap

How to make your bike go better on the cheap

Nothing is ever free is it? No – but some things come pretty damn close. After laying out for the price of a bike and all the associated riding gear, anything which helps boost the bike’s and the...

How to revive your riding gear

How to revive your riding gear

Why bother? Because you’ve paid good money for it and servicing it will keep it in tip-top condition for years to come. Remember the feeling when you first wore that new helmet, jacket or suit? You...

How to fit soft luggage

How to fit soft luggage

Why choose soft luggage? Soft luggage is cheap, easy to use and once you’ve invested in some, you’ll be able to use it on almost any bike (although soft panniers don’t work well with all exhausts).

How to secure your garage against thieves

How to secure your garage against thieves

If a thief really wants my bike, he’ll get it won’t he? Any form of theft deterrent is a big step towards keeping hold of your bike, especially when it’s locked in a garage. Yes, it’s true to say out...

How to buy riding kit that fits

How to buy riding kit that fits

What should I look for when buying gear? When it comes to leather, it will eventually break in to become comfortable. It becomes so because it stretches or the material breaks down from continual...

How to change your sparkplugs

How to change your sparkplugs

What am I dealing with? Spark plugs are fed voltage from a bike’s ignition system, which creates the vital spark to ignite the air/fuel mix in the engine. If your spark plugs aren’t fulfilling this...

How to fit a flyscreen

How to fit a flyscreen

What is a flyscreen? Flyscreen, headlight cowl, bikini fairing and handlebar fairing are different names for the same thing: a small fairing which deflects windblast, hopefully up and over the rider’s...

How to check & replace brake discs

How to check & replace brake discs

My discs look OK, so why check them? Looks can be deceiving. It’s not only high mileage bikes that will suffer from worn or damaged discs – today’s sports bikes can suffer just as badly if regularly...

How to choose and fit a rear hugger

How to choose and fit a rear hugger

Why fit a hugger? By closely following the contours of the rear tyre, a hugger acts as a protective shroud, preventing rain and mud from being flung from the tyre on to the rear shock/underside of the...

How to balance your wheels

How to balance your wheels

Do modern wheels still need balancing then? However precise the manufacture of wheels, tyres and discs is, mass-production means no item is perfect. Tyres and wheels can be out of alignment, out of...

How to change your own tyres

How to change your own tyres

Why should I do it? Because any project that involves just you will save you money. If you buy mail order tyres at a bargain price, you’ll have to find the nearest tyre-fitting service, and nine times...