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How to de-restrict a Suzuki VX800

Q. I have a Suzuki VX800 that pulls cleanly up to 80mph with no problem, but then seems to run into a brick wall. Save money on motorcycle products I think it could be restricted as it was brought to Britain by a merchant seaman. How can I tell whether it is limited and if so, what can I do ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 12 January 2010

Suzuki owners: Check your coolant colour, now!

If you are buying a Suzuki that is less than three years old and the engine coolant isn't green, start asking questions. Because someone somewhere has drained the factory-fitted coolant out and replaced it with aftermarket stuff. The only reason they should have for draining it is that the engine has been apart which indicates there was something wrong with ...

  • New rider
  • 08 January 2010

How to tune your bike

If you've had your new bike for a while and you want to start 'tuning' it, one of the simplest ways is to alter the gearing by changing the front/rear sprockets. If you lower the gearing that will improve acceleration as you use more of the higher gears more of the time. If you raie the gearing that will give ...

  • New rider
  • 08 January 2010

Had an accident in a car park? Read this...

So how does an accident that happens in a car park differ from an incident on the road? Well, as with any claim, it all depends on the evidence and the facts available. However, unlike a road traffic offence heard in a magistrates court where you have to prove beyond all reasonable doubt, in civil procedure cases you only have ...

  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • 08 January 2010

Tyre advice: 16.5inch wheels for road bikes

Q. I have been offered a set of 16.5in Dymags for the right money for my GSX-R1000 K5. Getting race tyres is not a problem and I can get treads cut in them. I thought I heard a rumour about tyre companies making road tyres for 16.5s? If they did it would make the Dymags a lot more appealing Cheesemanpaul, ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Tyres
  • 03 January 2010

How to corner with confidence - part 5

Here's the final key to supreme cornering, the final part of our five-section guide ­ accelerating out of the bend. STAGE FIVEAccelerate: You've leant the bike into the corner with a smooth, progressive movement that keeps the bike stable and balanced and helps you maintain your speed right through the bend on a balanced throttle. Now the vision limit is ...

  • New rider
  • 31 December 2009

New rider: corner with confidence, part two

Now you've read the road ahead to get a good idea of what's in store, it's time to get yourself in the correct position to tackle it. STAGE TWO Position: This is making sure that you have moved yourself onto a line that gives you the best view of the road ahead. That way you’ve got the most time possible ...

  • New rider
  • 18 December 2009

How to insure a track day bike

If you have a track day or race bike that you want to keep covered against theft between days out, but which isn't road-legal (so you can't get it covered on a usual policy) then specialist motor sports insurance broker Lockton can help. Save cash on motorcycle insurance with MCN Compare The good news is Lockton has reduced the rates ...

  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • 17 December 2009

New rider: corner with confidence, part one

Cornering with confidence is one of the great joys of riding a bike. Setting yourself up for the bend, picking your moment to lean the bike into the turn, then powering out smoothly and progressively elevates riding to an art, but there’s good science behind it too. We’ll look at cornering in the five sections that the Institute of Advanced ...

  • New rider
  • 17 December 2009

What's the best tyre for year-round riding?

Q. As I commute through winter on my bike, I'm interested in fitting a rear tyre that will cope with all the rain, slush and snow and still give decent grip when the weather is fine. I've got the OE Bridgestone BT016s front and rear now, but the rear is due for replacing in the next couple of weeks. Nick ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Tyres
  • 16 December 2009

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