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Have my wheel weights been wrongly fitted?

MCN, 07 June 2012 17:36

Q. I have just had new Bridgestone tyres fitted to my Gold Wing by my local Honda dealer. The rear tyre has not got any weights and on the front they have put all the weights on one side, 2 x 10 and 3 x 5g making it a mess. Do you think they have been wrongly fitted to need ...

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Most ‘comfortable’ tyres for a Speed Triple

MCN, 28 May 2012 14:06

Q. I’m 83 and in memory of the happy days my late wife and I had on Triumphs in 1950s I’ve got a 2008 Triumph Street Triple to have fun on. I did find it set up quite hard, so I’ve had the suspension tweaked extensively with different springing, and lowered the tyre pressures to 30 front/ 36 rear, but ...

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Road tyres for a Triumph Tiger 800XC

MCN, 23 May 2012 11:32

Q. What replacement tyres would you recommend for my Triumph 800 XC? I will only be using the bike on the road for weekend leisure trips and occasional long distance tours. They also need to be good in the wet. My current tyres are Bridgestone Battle Wings.Peitho, MCN forums A. Because of the Triumph’s 21” front wheel you can’t fit ...

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Can I re-use an old tyre?

MCN, 16 May 2012 15:52

Q. Is it acceptable to re-fit a motorcycle tyre? I replaced the rear tyre on my 2007 CBR600RR last year as I was going on a long trip and didn't want the hassle of changing it when I was away. Now that one has worn out I'd like to re-fit the original, but some garages refuse to do it. The ...

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Are five-year-old race tyres past their best?

MCN, 24 April 2012 13:38

Q. I recently bought a pair of new Metzeler Racetecs off eBay for my track bike. Now it's my own fault because I should have asked how old they were, but when they arrived I realised they were made in 2007. Will they be OK for me to potter around in the intermediate group or do they want putting in ...

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Tyres for a Firestorm?

Paul Millard, 08 April 2012 21:59

I ride a 1998 Honda Firestorm which is mint (5000 miles) and the suspension is fully sorted which transforms the bike to what it should have been. But now the bike could do with more modern tyres to replace the old BT010s. I ride from legal speeds to countryside burn ups and would like a balance of reasonable grip, mileage ...

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Best sports-touring tyre for a Triumph Speed Triple

MCN, 02 April 2012 14:16

Q. Can you tell me what the best sports-touring tyre for a 2011 Triumph Speed Triple is? The last tyres were Metzeler Racetec Interacts that I got 3500 miles out of. I’d like some rubber that will get me 7-8000 miles from a rear tyre as I am a very careful rider.Iangrm99, MCN forums A. Triumph fitted the Racetecs as ...

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Why is there stepped wear on my front tyre?

MCN, 21 March 2012 13:32

Q. I was getting my GSX-R out from hibernation and I’ve noticed some stepped wear on the front tyre, it probably occurred with that end of the year track day and 300-mile ride I did last October. A. There are obviously no engine forces acting upon the front tyre – after all, it simply rotates to keep up with the ...

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Best tyres for a Kawasaki ZZR600

MCN, 14 March 2012 14:02

Q. I own a 2001 ZZR600 and would like an opinion as to the best tyres for this bike. I am not a knee-down, throttle-open rider, basically I’m a commuter and weekend social rider. I have recently read articles on Pirelli Diablo Stradas…Steve Rogers A. The ZZR600’s tyre sizes of 120/60 x 17 and 160/60 x 17 do limit choice ...

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Best classic-looking motorcycle tyres

MCN, 01 March 2012 14:47

Q. I have two bikes wanting new tyres – a 1979 Honda CB650Z and a 1998 Honda CB500S. I am not concerned about tyre wear, wet weather performance, or achieving the classic look, all I need is the best performance tyre you can recommend. Alan Hughes, email A. The bikes might be 19 years apart, but you can fit the ...

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