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Just £45 for expert suspension set-up!

Mykel Nicolaou, 02 December 2009 12:11

MCN's Mykel Nicolaou recently took a trip to Harris Performance to sort out his ill-handling Monster. Save £££s on motorcycle suspension parts What he found was surprising, but nowhere near as surprising as the cost... I've had my Ducati Monster S4 for more than three years and was almost at the point of selling the bike because of its dreadful ...

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suspension set up

phil langston, 31 August 2009 09:53

Help please? own a Honda CBR600FS2 2002 and the suspension set up is for someone who is a lot heavier than myself. I am 9stone 12lbs and 5ft 5inches tall, can you recommend some settings so I can change from the very hard settings I have now. Regards Phil.

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Tyres FAQ: Why are tyres black?

Marc Abbott, 05 August 2009 15:06

There isn't any natural rubber in a tyre's construction. But there are about 200 raw materials from man-made rubbers, reinforcing fillers, rayon, nylon, all sorts of additives and aramid fibres. Aramids are heat-resistant synthetic fibres with tradenames like Kevlar and Nomex. This mix is susceptible to damage from ozone and ultra-violet light so manufacturers add carbon black to absorb the ...

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USD versus conventional forks

Marc Abbott, 16 July 2009 09:13

Suspension-wise, given springs and dampers of equal quality, there is no difference between upside-down and conventional forks. But the fork leg is not a suspension unit, it is also a structural chassis member. This is where the USD unit has the advantage. When in a turn, or more significantly on the brakes, there is a bending force exerted on the ...

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Firmer brakes overnight

Chris Dabbs, 19 June 2009 17:05

For an easier way to get better brakes, use a cable-tie or similar to hold the front brake on quite tightly and leave overnight. When returning to the bike next day tap the brake hoses thoroughly to get all the bubbles, that have formed due to the continual pressure, to rise to the top into the reservoir. Hey presto - ...

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How to extract a weathered header pipe bolt

Marc Abbott, 18 June 2009 09:44

If your socket just spins on the bolt, don't panic! Go for a run on the bike to get it really hot, then when you get back leave it ticking over for 5-10 minutes. Compare and buy motorcycle exhausts You'll need a 12mm multi-sided socket. Hammer this over the bolt head and then attach the socket driver and slowly and ...

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Why does a single-shock set-up work better than twin shocks?

Marc Abbott, 18 June 2009 09:18

The greatest difference comes from how the dampers are driven. With twin shocks the dampers travel almost the same distance as the wheel. Compare and buy suspension parts The tends to over-heat the oil in the unit. With a single-shock system the wheel to damper travel is geared down to a ratio of 2.5:1. This massively reduces the internal friction ...

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Top five helmet tips from Arai race truck

Rob Hull, 12 June 2009 15:29

Arai is celebrating its 25th anniversary appearance at the TT this week, commending their TT relationship with a special celebration helmet and giving MCN readers the fruits of their knowledge. Compare and buy motorcycle helmets Arai’s Race Service continuously tours the paddocks of the British Superbike Championship and road racing venues. Technical Manager, John Swann, is the man who heads ...

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Technical advice: Suzuki Burgman electrical problem

Chris Dabbs, 15 May 2009 16:39

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. My Suzuki 400 Burgman regularly cuts out on deceleration at roundabouts, junctions or traffic lights. It is a carburated 1999 model. It always restarts immediately and the tickover speed is spot on.Ray Robertson, e-mail ...

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Clothing advice: Removing flies from your visor

Liam Marsden, 01 May 2009 15:49

It's getting to that time of year again when flies start to pepper your visor on a ride. To get them off and leave your visor scratch free, follow these simple instructions. Remove the visor from your helmet. If you're not sure how to do this then it can be kept on. Soak a piece of kitchen roll through with ...

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