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Why is there stepped wear on my front tyre?

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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  • Tyres
  • 21 March 2012

Best tyres for a Kawasaki ZZR600

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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  • Tyres
  • 14 March 2012

Best classic-looking motorcycle tyres

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 ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Tyres
  • 01 March 2012

Best tyres for a Ducati 916

Q. I would like some advice on what tyres to buy for my 1998 Ducati 916. I have had the bike for five years and fitted a set of Michelin Pilot Sports when I got the bike. I have been happy with the handling not having ridden this bike on any other tyres. I have covered about 4000 miles, including ...

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  • Tyres
  • 20 February 2012

Which tyres for tubed 18-inch rims?

Q. I’ve just got a 1992 Moto-Guzzi 50 Targa with aging Pirelli Stradas fitted and I want a set of tyres that give me good directional stability when I head out on weekend runs.Mike Henaghan, Liverpool  A. With you running tubed 18-inch rims, you’ll need bias-belted tyres. These are not as stable as radial tyres because their crossply construction gives ...

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  • Tyres
  • 15 February 2012

Best all-round tyres for a Yamaha R6

Q. I have a 2009 Yamaha R6 which I’ve been riding for the past two years on Dunlop Sportsmarts. But my mates really rate their Pirelli Supercorsas – when we’re parked up on a ride their tyres are always really sticky to the touch and mine aren’t  But I’m told they’re not too good in the wet, and I do ...

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  • Tyres
  • 02 February 2012

Can I replace BMW R1200R tyre pressure sensors?

Q. I have recently bought a 2008 BMW R1200R which has the tyre pressure sensors fitted. I am not keen on the sensors and have a couple of queries regarding them. Can I have normal rubber type tyre valves fitted in place of the hard rigid type fitted at present? Will this affect the pressure sensors that I believe are ...

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  • Tyres
  • 26 January 2012

Video: New Avon 3D Ultra sports tyre

British firm Avon have just released this video of their new 3D Ultra sports tyre. It's chock-full of info on the new rubber's construction. Here's the lowdown…

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  • Tyres
  • 20 January 2012

Best tyres for a Harley-Davidson Fat Boy?

The Dunlop D407 200/55 x 17 rear will soon need replacing on my 2008 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy after 6000 miles and the front D408F 140/75 x 17 is almost as worn. Should I replace with the same or is there now something better? Do I need to do both at the same time?Tony Cook, email First of all, as with ...

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  • Tyres
  • 11 January 2012

Should I replace the tyre AND inner tube?

Q. My Sinnis Apache has tyres with inner tubes. As an inner tube is only £6 and a new tyre £40, If I were to get a puncture would I be able to keep the tyre and only replace the inner tube? Would there be a problem with the hole making the tyre unsafe?Jimmywiz, MCN forums A. If it’s a ...

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  • 03 January 2012

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