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Kawasaki ZZR notchy steering solution?

MCN, 08 August 2012 15:24

Q. The steering on my Kawasaki ZZR1200 has gone all notchy. Is it worth changing them to tapered roller bearings?Vince Taylor, email A. In fact Kawasaki used to have taper roller bearings fitted to the ZZR range, then went to sealed roller bearings to improve their service life, so I wouldn't advise that bit of modification.

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Getting feel back in Fireblade’s lever

MCN, 08 August 2012 15:13

Q. I have replaced the original brake lines on my 2008 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade as they were feeling 'baggy' on a long, fast ride, but I can't get the lever to firm up now. If I tie the lever in overnight it is fine for a short while, but soon goes soft.Anon A. As you've found out, brake lines have ...

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What’s cause of my Fireblade’s oil leak?

MCN, 30 July 2012 14:22

Q. Over the past couple of days I've noticed a small amount of oil dripping from one of the breather hoses under the rear shock on my 2001 Fireblade. I've only noticed this happening after I've ridden to work (15 miles) and after the bike has been left, pretty much in direct sunlight for a few hours. There's nothing coming ...

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Why is my ZZR600 cutting out?

MCN, 30 July 2012 14:15

Q. My 1992 Kawasaki ZZR600 cuts out in warm weather and won’t turn over with the electric start till it cools down. I can do quite a few miles before it cuts out again. All the ignition lights light up, horn, lights and indicators work. When it cools down enough to turn over it won’t start until it gets even ...

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Why’s my Suzuki Bandit knocking?

MCN, 30 July 2012 14:10

Q. When my Suzuki Bandit 600 is cold or just warming up I can hear a knocking noise like a “tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap”. When the bike warms up it stops. Is this ok or something I should worry about? I can’t tell from the service history invoices whether the valve clearances/cam chain tensioner etc were checked. The ...

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How can I pep up my BMW R1200GS?

MCN, 30 July 2012 13:54

Q. I have an old 2004 BMW R1200GS. Recently I had a test ride on the latest model, which was a lot peppier to ride and felt much better for it. Having established that I am too weak-willed to go against my missus and spend the savings on a new bike I began wondering if I could stealthily improve my ...

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How to grip Honda CLR125’s rounded-off bolt

MCN, 25 July 2012 16:04

Q. I have to replace the fork seals on my Honda CLR125, but someone’s been in there before me and the Allen socket on the end of the damper rod has rounded out so my Allen key just spins around.Charles Marsh, email A. Torx bits have plenty of sharp edges that can grip the inside of an Allen socket. Get ...

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Can I derestrict a Honda Varadero 125?

MCN, 25 July 2012 15:16

Q. I have been riding for 47 years and am heading for retirement, so I want a bike that’s easy to push around, that I can ride all day and is cheap to run. I like the Honda 125 Varadero, but can it be derestricted as I do enjoy a bit of acceleration?Davidmdixon, MCN forums A. Anything is possible, but ...

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What’s causing FZ750’s fuelling problem?

MCN, 09 July 2012 17:10

Q. I've got a technical problem with my 1986 Yamaha FZ750. Everything was fine until I removed the radiator to spray it, and then add new coolant. Whilst the radiator was off, I cleaned up the HT leads. The engine started up OK, but the tickover was a bit slow, so I adjusted the adjustment screw and this is when ...

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Is it worth buying a Category C write-off VFR?

MCN, 09 July 2012 17:06

Q. I'm looking at a 1997 Honda VFR750FV that has had category C damage, apparently cosmetic only. The guy says it's been repaired and is straight. Do you think it's worth me getting seriously involved with this bike or will it cause problems with insurance and MOT? A. There are four classes of write-off: a class A has to be ...

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