Bike test explained

“A good scooter driver watches the road, takes their time and is aware of what is going on around them,” says DJ Ironik. “It’s not clever to travel over the speed limit at any time, and definitely not cool to drink and drive.” Once you’ve passed the CBT and the theory test, you need to […]

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Keep bike insurance premiums down

Got your bike but low on dosh? You still need insurance before you can get your wheels on the road. Statistically, young drivers and riders – under the age of 25 – are more likely to be involved in a collision. That’s why insurers charge you more. Lucky for you, we know 10 smart ways […]

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Buying a bike

Life’s about to get exciting: you’re buying your first motorbike. Nice. Let us guide you through this magical moment so you come out the other side a little less cash-light and with a tasty bike… “I caught the biking bug at the age of 18,” says comedian Ross Noble. “Since then, I’ve expanded the fleet, […]

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Second-hand bikes

1. Check the V5C log book and check the frame and engine numbers match the docs and registration mark. 2. Look for bashes, scratches, broken body panels or obvious repairs: BAD news! 3. Look out for leaks. 4. Check the front forks are straight and not pushed backwards. 5. The tyres should have a deep tread and no cracks (cracks […]

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Bike maintenance

Get in the habit of giving your motorbike a weekly maintenance check. From the tyres to the handlebars – if you keep it in good nick, it’ll run better and safer. Drive chain: oil it to guard against wear. Check the tension is correct (your handbook will tell you what this is). Rear wheel: alignment. […]

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What is a CBT?

You can ride a scooter a whole year earlier than you can drive a car – when you’re only 16. Once you’ve got a provisional licence, the first step is to complete something called Compulsory Basic Training (CBT). “I owe my participation in this great sport to my step-dad Ken,” says double World Superbike Champion […]

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Tips for defensive driving

Riding defensively is an essential skill to learn if you want to stay safe on the roads. It’s all about staying one step ahead of the fame and riding in a style and with a mindset which puts you in the safest position to deal with anything that the road – or other road users […]

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How to buy a helmet

As a biker, your helmet is the most important piece of safety kit you own, so setting aside a decent amount of your budget to get a good one is essential. All helmets sold in the UK must satisfy either British Standard 6658: 1985 or ECE Regulation 22.05 standards – you can check whether it […]

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Going round the bend

Losing control while trying to going round a bend is one of the leading causes of accidents involving motorcyclists. Left-hand bends are generally more dangerous than right-hand ones, because if you lose control you generally end up sliding into oncoming traffic. However, although losing control is always a risk when you’re out on your bike, […]

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Your bike: quick checks

We know that when you fancy a ride the last thing you want to be doing is a bit of bike maintenance, but by doing a few quick checks every time you get on your bike, not only do you reduce your risk of having an accident, you also increase the life of your bike. […]

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