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Is my Yamaha R6’s digital dash beyond hope?

MCN, 14 March 2012 13:18

Q. I have had my 2002 Yamaha R6 tucked away in my man-cave over winter on a trickle charger. I started it about a month ago and all was well. But when I went to get the bike ready for new season the electronic display was totally blank. All the warning lights work as they should, so power is there. ...

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Honda CBR600RR won’t idle

MCN, 01 March 2012 13:47

Q. My 2007 Honda CBR600RR has developed an idle problem. After start up one morning it was ticking over so slowly that it was nearly stalling. After a ride it seemed OK, but now it’s idling too fast at 2000rpm and it’s jerky at low revs. There seems to be an idle control valve, which I removed and cleaned, but ...

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How to sort Yamaha XJ900’s braking feel

MCN, 01 March 2012 13:09

Q. The brakes on my Yamaha XJ900 Diversion only give me decent feel when the lever’s span adjustment is right out. My last bike was an XJR1300 and the brakes were great, so I’m thinking of grafting on XJR1300 calipers and master cylinder…Mick Post, Battle A. Before you attempt that radical solution, I’d give your existing set-up a thorough service ...

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How to change 1992 Fireblade’s wheel for a 17-inch

MCN, 20 February 2012 17:03

Q. I am looking at upgrading the front wheel on my 1992 Honda Fireblade to a 17 incher. Which wheel is best as there were three wheel upgrades to the CBR900 and what size tyre would I need?bladeboyrr9 A. Your best bet is to get hold of either a CBR600 or VFR750F front wheel from the 1992-1996 period as the ...

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What’s causing Suzuki V-Strom’s iffy gearchange?

MCN, 20 February 2012 16:49

Q. I've had a Suzuki DL1000K2 for the last six years, it has only covered some 22,000 miles and has never let me down but it does have a sticky gear change. Sometimes it snicks up or down sweetly, sometimes it will change with a “clack”, other times more a “clang” than “clack”. I always use the clutch for up ...

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Why is my Ducati 916 running roughly?

MCN, 20 February 2012 16:39

Q. I’ve a Ducati 916 that has been running rough for a little while. The electrics are all fine, with no dodgy relays and the bike was recently serviced with a clean bill of health.Mick Illingworth, email A. It’s quite rare, but 916s have been known to suffer from split fuel lines inside the tank itself which can give the ...

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Triumph Speed Triple’s clocks have packed up

MCN, 15 February 2012 12:23

Q. A friend of mine has a Triumph 1050 Speed Triple and the digital readouts seem to have packed up with no mph and the clock stuck at 1.00. The price for replacement instruments from Triumph is £700. Does anyone offer a repair service?Jason 2072, MCN forums A. Normally, it’s water ingress, or maybe the electrics getting ‘spiked’ from a jump-start ...

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Power Commander explained

MCN, 15 February 2012 12:13

Q. I’m thinking of getting a Power Commander III. What is the "accelerator pump feature"? A. This feature is built into all PCIII USB and PCVs, it allows you to configure settings which inject a small amount of extra fuel during fast throttle openings, this stops the bike hesitating when the throttle is snapped open and is particularly effective on big ...

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What’s a PCP deal?

MCN, 02 February 2012 16:06

Q. More and more bike companies are offering Personal Contract Plans (PCP) and it looks like a tempting way of buying a new bike every few years. What's the catch?Graham Bayes, by email A. PCP deals are getting more popular because they are a relatively new way of getting a new bike. The idea is that you only pay finance ...

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Can I spray my own bike?

MCN, 02 February 2012 15:57

Q. I recently crashed my bike at low speed after a momentary loss of concentration. I've changed the few broken parts but the fairing needs either replacing or repairing. I've always fancied learning to do some spray-painting but not sure if this is as easy as it looks.John Woods, Maidstone A. Spray painting is extremely skilled and you do need ...

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