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Why is my air filter covered in fuel?

MCN, 24 April 2012 13:33

Q. The fuel on my Kawasaki ER-5 is flowing straight through into the air filter box and it sounds like it is only firing on one cylinder, too.Quilley, MCN forums A. The ER-5 has a vacuum tap which uses a diaphragm sucked open by a vacuum via a thin black pipe from one of the inlet manifolds to allow fuel ...

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Will a Power Commander sort low-rev jerkiness?

MCN, 24 April 2012 13:03

Q. I’ve a 2002 Suzuki GSX-R750 with an Akrapovic end can. It runs very well, certainly not short on power! However slow speed running below 4000rpm is a bit jerky and erratic at times! Would fitting a Power Commander III and re-mapping 'smooth' things out? A. Poor fuelling and throttle response is always more noticeable at the bottom-end, once you ...

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Can I repair brake disc mounting holes with helicoils?

MCN, 24 April 2012 12:42

Q. I've stripped the threads on two of the front disc mounting holes on my Hayabusa. Would it be OK to repair them with helicoils?David Stowe, MCN forums A. You can do a helicoil repair as a temporary repair to get you back on the road for now. The reason you have stripped the thread is the reason you can ...

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Triumph Speed Triple stuck in gear

MCN, 02 April 2012 14:03

Q. My 18,000-mile 2005 Triumph Speed Triple 1050 has started sticking in first gear when stationary. No amount of force on the lever will shift it, the only way to get neutral is to turn off the engine so the lever then works normally and restart. Shifting into neutral before stopping is difficult as the box jumps straight through neutral ...

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Can I convert Kawasaki ER-6 to thumb throttle?

MCN, 02 April 2012 13:55

Q. My octogenarian father still rides his Kawasaki ER6-F regularly, but worsening arthritis in his right wrist means he is having problems maintaining proper throttle control. I have been trying to see if a jet-ski finger throttle could be incorporated instead of a twistgrip, but all I can source so far are Stateside conversions for thumb throttles on jet-skis.Neil Wilson, ...

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What to wear for desert riding

MCN, 21 March 2012 13:19

Q. Work is taking me to Qatar and I’ll be swapping my Honda CB100R for a CRF450 to ride the dunes. As gear isn’t readily available out there, and I’m clueless when it comes to MX gear. Can you give me some pointers on the kit I need?Khalid Amir, email A. Simon Pavey, off-road superstar and Dakar veteran reckoned you ...

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How to check Kawasaki ZZR600’s valve clearances

MCN, 21 March 2012 12:37

Q. I have a mint Kawasaki ZZR600 E1 which I am happily racking the miles up on. I do my own servicing and the valve clearances are coming up to be checked and reset. My Haynes manual has flagged up its difficulty with a four-spanner rating, so I wondered if you have got any tips to get me through this?James ...

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How to get back at a scammer

MCN, 14 March 2012 13:49

Q. I have been stupid and trusted a stranger from the UK who I thought wanted to buy my 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R from me here in Slovakia. I won’t go into details, but I lost a lot of money and I don’t know what to do next.Marek, Bratislava, Slovakia A. I’m sorry to hear you have had such a nightmare ...

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How to improve Honda CBR600RR’s mirrors

MCN, 14 March 2012 13:37

Q. Is it just me, or are the mirrors on CBR600RRs circa 2007 really crap? I get a lovely view of my arms and that’s it. Any ideas? A. Another reader, Barry Sylvester, had a similar problem but sorted it in 20 minutes thanks to a “piece of a sheet 8mm black pvc”. He filed and sanded a piece of ...

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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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