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Are aftermarket throttle grips any good?

MCN, 21 September 2012 17:07

Q. Riding home tonight I was aware of a slight twinge in my throttle hand (nothing major) which set me wondering about my grips and the angle of the clip-ons. It feels like I was gripping (not tightly) almost entirely with the bit between thumb and forefinger and I wondered if the palm of the hand should be more involved ...

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How to secure your new bike

MCN, 21 September 2012 17:01

Q. I'll be getting my first bike next week, a 2010 Kawasaki ER-6F and I'm trying to work out what kind of security mechanisms to get. The bike will be kept overnight in a locked compound (I live in a block of flats, car park accessed via RFID fob) where there's a ground anchor and plenty of big metal U-shaped ...

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Why is my GS750 hissing?

MCN, 05 September 2012 15:00

Q. I have an old Suzuki GS750 and it’s running very sweetly since I cleaned and synced the carbs, but it's just developed a bit of a hissing sound (in time with the engine) from the front of the engine somewhere around the carbs or cam cover along with a smell of petrol when it's running. Is this more likely ...

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Does my Honda Hornet have a radiator fan?

MCN, 05 September 2012 14:42

Q. I'm wondering if my Honda Hornet 600 has a radiator fan. When I went on the recent Plymouth Megaride with 4000 bikes my bike was right up in the red on the temperature gauge. I had to keep turning it off at every chance so it didn't overheat, however everyone else seemed to be OK. The coolant has been ...

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How do I tell my SV’s bearing are shot?

MCN, 05 September 2012 14:00

Q. My 10-year-old SV650 is coming up to new tyre time and I was told to watch out for wheel bearing seals and spacers with high mileage bikes. The thing is, I don't actually know what I'm looking for when they're on the way out!Jmccomas, MCN forums A. On most bikes the axles are steel and fit snugly into the ...

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Will a loud horn cause MoT failure?

MCN, 05 September 2012 12:54

Q. I am just wondering if there are any MoT or legal issues with a Steibel Nautilus horn that pumps out 139 decibels? My existing horn is fading slightly and I lost count of just how many people pulled out in front of me today – twice very dangerously in front of cops, who did bugger all.Philtheidiot, MCN forums A. ...

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What’s caused sudden loss of tyre pressure?

MCN, 05 September 2012 12:14

Q. I recently changed my tyres just fine, but 300 miles later I was on my way home from work when the front went all soggy and it was obvious the front tyre had lost pressure. I limped to the nearest petrol station and sure enough, it was down to 15psi. Since then it has held pressure but I now ...

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Best tyres for a Kawasaki ZXR400?

Anonymous, 29 August 2012 12:01

With my 1991 ZXR400 weighing the same/slightly more than a modern 600 sports bike what rubber should I buy next? I use the bike every day as it is my only form of transport. So is there something that while last a good while, yet be sticky enough to keep me happy?CANSA, MCN forums Sport touring tyres are approved for ...

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Drop-down visors: are they any good?

Anonymous, 29 August 2012 11:55

What are your thoughts on internal drop-down sun visors? Are they worth having? Debthehog, MCN forums The only downsides to them are that a few can become loose and rattle inside your helmet or drop down of their own accord (and if we’re honest here, we don’t think they look as cool as a tinted visor). But among our forum ...

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ZZR1100 clutch has given up!

Anonymous, 29 August 2012 11:48

I seem to have a major problem. After riding my Kawasaki ZZR1100 to work on a dairy farm I came back to it after milking to find that the clutch was completely unusable. The lever is solid and when I tried to start the bike there was a loud clanking noise. Donkballard, MCN forums It sounds like something has jammed ...

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