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Why’s my Gixer overheating?

Anonymous, 29 August 2012 11:44

My 1997 Suzuki GSX-R600 is overheating. After a 45-minute ride the temperature had risen to around 125°C. Since then I have had the radiator drained, flushed and filled with new coolant. I have had the thermostat out as well and tested it and it seems to open fine. I’ve had it idling for around 30-45 minutes and the temperature reached ...

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Best tyres for a BMW S1000RR?

Anonymous, 24 August 2012 12:53

I currently own a 2010 BMW S1000RR and will need to change the tyres soon. It has the stock Conti Sport Attacks at the moment, I am not too concerned about mileage as I use the bike socially when I have the time. I would like something for fairly fast road, sometimes wet, especially this summer, and the odd track ...

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What’s causing my GSX-R600’s poor fuelling?

Anonymous, 24 August 2012 12:46

My brother's got a problem with his GSX-R1000 K6, the symptoms are: No fault codes showing; misses when held between 3-4000rpm; only does it when hot; all four plugs sooted up; no problem accelerating; strong petrol smell.He's quite mechanical and has checked a few things like the plugs, hoses checked for air leaks, fuel pump is clean, sensors unplugged to ...

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Suzuki Intruder won’t start up properly

Anonymous, 24 August 2012 12:39

My Suzuki Intruder 1500 has a starting problem, sometimes it starts fine, but about 50% of the time it will turn over really slowly and not start. I have adjusted the decompressor cables, fitted a new battery and a new decompressor solenoid. The battery voltage is still well up (12.4v) even when it won't spin over, what else can I ...

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How can I turn my bike around in an enclosed space?

Anonymous, 24 August 2012 12:27

Getting my Triumph Sprint in and out of a more and more cluttered garage is becoming hard work. So much so that I am avoiding taking it out. I know that you can spin a motorbike around on the sidestand, but I am not keen on this as the bike is really heavy and I can easily see it landing ...

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Why won’t my TL1000S fuel properly?

Anonymous, 23 August 2012 12:39

I have no fuel going into the cylinders of my Suzuki TL1000S. The ignition system is normal and the fuel relay kicks in, so the fuel pump in the tank working and fuel reaches the injector rail. The pressure is strong but there's no fuel from either of the two injectors. The dash keeps reading “FI” fault, so I removed ...

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Best track tyres for a Honda Fireblade

MCN, 08 August 2012 15:39

Q. I’m on my third track day using Bridgestone 016s on a Fireblade. I set the pressures at standard road pressure minus 2psi front and rear. But at the end of the day my tyres looked like I'd been accelerating really hard at lean with hot tyres, so they looked like they were tearing sideways. But I’m not really ragging ...

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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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How to remove sheared spark plug

Anonymous, 08 August 2012 14:37

Q. I have managed to shear off a new spark plug from my 2005 Suzuki GSX-R1000. What are my options for getting it out?Oz Stephens, email A. You may well have to lift the cylinder head to get at it, but if it is one of the outside cylinders with clearer access you could treat it like a big bolt ...

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