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What’s caused 955 Daytona electrics to overheat?

MCN, 09 July 2012 16:51

Q. I have just replaced the stator and regulator/rectifier on my 2005 43,000-mile 955i Triumph Daytona. The problem I now have is that the wiring from the alternator and the 30-amp fuse is getting very hot. I’ve checked the battery readings when switched off for an hour, at tickover and 5000rpm. They are: 11.65 volts, 3.37 volts and 13.45 volts ...

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Best tyres for a Suzuki GSX400

MCN, 09 July 2012 13:40

Q. I am having problems finding a pair of matching road tyres for my 1982 Suzuki GSX400. The front is a 90/90/19, the rear is a 110/90/17, if I have to mix brands what would be the best combination? GSX400, MCN forums A. You could stay matched if you went for Bridgestone’s BT45s. There’s a 110/90/17 tubed rear available, but ...

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How can I restrict a Honda VF400F?

MCN, 25 June 2012 15:14

Q. I am looking into buying a Honda VF400F. But I can't find a 33bhp kit or any legal way of restricting it. I have tried as many people and places as I can think of, including Honda dealerships and the like. As far as I can see the only way is to do the DAS course (I have a ...

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Will WD40 damage tyres?

MCN, 25 June 2012 14:53

Q. My son can be a bit like Frank Spencer sometimes. When cleaning his chain he often gets WD40 all over his rear tyre, too. Despite me warning him not to, he declares: "It's OK, I clean it off afterwards!" Does it damage the rubber compound itself or not?Joe Perkins, London A. WD40 is a water dispersant, not a lubricant, ...

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Why is my ZX-6R’s front end juddering under braking?

MCN, 15 June 2012 11:06

Q. When I brake at slow speed on my Kawasaki ZX-6R J2 track bike it feels as if the brakes are only working intermittently and at higher speeds the front shudders a lot. The brake pads are new, the brake fluid is fine with no air and the Galfer discs have done around 4000 miles in the last four years.Luciano, ...

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How to remove a seized bolt from CBR600F Sport’s radiator

MCN, 07 June 2012 17:41

Q. I've a Honda CBR600F Sport and was just about to give it a good clean today when one of the bolts on the V-piece under the radiator just kept turning. So I thought I'll take the left-hand fairing off and carefully take the V-piece off with the left-hand fairing. All was going well until I found another seized bolt ...

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Have my wheel weights been wrongly fitted?

MCN, 07 June 2012 17:36

Q. I have just had new Bridgestone tyres fitted to my Gold Wing by my local Honda dealer. The rear tyre has not got any weights and on the front they have put all the weights on one side, 2 x 10 and 3 x 5g making it a mess. Do you think they have been wrongly fitted to need ...

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Why is my almost-new Kawasaki Z1000SX rattling?

MCN, 07 June 2012 16:59

Q. I have a new Kawasaki Z1000SX with 900 miles on the clock, which has a faint rattle. It comes in when I am gently opening the throttle at low revs in the low gears. It’s similar to pinking or a tappet rattle. I am not labouring the bike at all, but it goes as the bike revs higher. I ...

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Most ‘comfortable’ tyres for a Speed Triple

MCN, 28 May 2012 14:06

Q. I’m 83 and in memory of the happy days my late wife and I had on Triumphs in 1950s I’ve got a 2008 Triumph Street Triple to have fun on. I did find it set up quite hard, so I’ve had the suspension tweaked extensively with different springing, and lowered the tyre pressures to 30 front/ 36 rear, but ...

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What’s causing my Honda Hornet’s rattle?

MCN, 28 May 2012 13:56

Q. I was advised the rattle on my Honda Hornet 600 was probably the camchain tensioner, so I had a new one fitted, but now the rattle has returned. However, where it used to rattle when cold, it’s now fine when cold and rattles when warm. It comes from the right hand side of the bike and around the head/carb ...

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