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Getting a licence & training

  • Join a Biker Down! course near you

    31 August 2018 by MCN News

    Join a Biker Down! course near you

    There are plenty of courses available to bikers to help them with improving riding skills, awareness and basic maintenance – you can join an IAM training course or sign-up for a Bikesafe workshop, for...

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  • Performing an emergency stop

    23 July 2010 by MCN

    Performing an emergency stop

    An emergency stop can so easily become a panic response and end in tears with one or both wheels locking up and you either hitting the floor or the obstacle you were trying to avoid in the first...

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  • Taking your test abroad

    02 July 2010 by MCN

    Taking your test abroad

    Planet Earth is a village these days and some Brits like David Barnett are taking their tests overseas. “I have just become a biker and I am living in Brisbane at the moment, although I’m from London.

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  • How to corner with confidence - part 5

    31 December 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    How to corner with confidence - part 5

    Here's the final key to supreme cornering, the final part of our five-section guide ­ accelerating out of the bend. STAGE FIVE Accelerate: You've leant the bike into the corner with a smooth,...

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  • New rider: corner with confidence, part two

    18 December 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    New rider: corner with confidence, part two

    Now you've read the road ahead to get a good idea of what's in store, it's time to get yourself in the correct position to tackle it. STAGE TWO Position: This is making sure that you have moved...

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  • New rider: corner with confidence, part one

    17 December 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    New rider: corner with confidence, part one

    Cornering with confidence is one of the great joys of riding a bike. Setting yourself up for the bend, picking your moment to lean the bike into the turn, then powering out smoothly and progressively...

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  • Basic Skills: California Superbike School review

    23 September 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Basic Skills: California Superbike School review

    Don’t be scared – it’s not in California and it’s not just for superbike riders. MCN’s Laura Kennerley went on a ladies-only training day to learn the finer points of cornering, and realised everyone...

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  • Basic Skills: Bikewise rider training review

    17 September 2009 by Laura Kennerley

    Basic Skills: Bikewise rider training review

    What is it?  BikeWise Rider Training in County Durham What does it cost? £35 for County Durham and Darlington residents for 2:1 training, for non-Durham residents it costs £150 for 1:1 tuition...

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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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