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Why it's best not to fit a single exhaust to a V-twin

Marc Abbott, 29 July 2009 15:42

The simple reason that the vast majority of V-twins use two-into-two silencer systems is that the power pulses produced by a V-twin in the combustion chamber are a lot stronger than the evenly spaced smaller pulses from a four-cylinder. Compare and buy motorcycle exhausts So they produce more noise every time they turn over. Even if you decided to go ...

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How to change your tyres at home

Marc Abbott, 29 July 2009 15:02

Tyre changes are quite easy to do at home if you have the right tools. A purpose-made bead breaker will get the tyre off the rim, and once the rubber is in the 'well' of the wheel, good quality tyre levers for about £10 a pair, and rim protectors for a fiver along with muscle power should get the tyre ...

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Tyre advice: Running different tyres

Marc Abbott, 29 July 2009 11:40

Q. I ride a 1997 VFR750, a superb bike. On the front I have a perfect Bridgestone Battlax BT56 with lots of tread left. My question is, can I replace the worn out BT57 with a new Bridgestone Battlax BT-021? Lots of dealers are telling me to "Buy a new pair", I would if I had 200 quid to spare...Dano50, ...

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Tyre advice: Good tyres for light trail use

Marc Abbott, 22 July 2009 13:45

Q. I have a 2009 Triumph Tiger 1050, which I am delighted with. I am well aware it is not a full-blown off-road motorcycle, but I would like to improve the grip on light trail use, without sacrificing the fine road handling. Compare and buy motorcycle tyres Can you please make any suggestions?Neil. Kitchingman, email A. The problem you have is ...

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How to make sure your tyres are legal

Marc Abbott, 16 July 2009 09:42

As well as inflating them correctly, the Law says that the grooves of the tread pattern must have a depth of a least 1mm throughout a continuous band measuring at least three-quarters of the breadth of the tread and round the entire outer circumference of the tyre. Compare and buy motorcycle tyres As quite a few bike tyres have grooves ...

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How to repair a puncture

Marc Abbott, 10 July 2009 09:26

If you need to repair a puncture at the roadside, there are several methods you can use. There are preventative sealants out there that are designed to seal off a puncture as soon as it happens. Compare and buy motorcycle tyres You squirt them in through the valve when you fit a tyre. When a puncture occurs, a sealing plug ...

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British Standards for puncture repairs

Marc Abbott, 01 July 2009 12:06

A British standard exists for motorcycle tyre repairs (BSAU159f), which determines the strength of the repair and where it can and can’t be made in the tyre. Compare and buy motorcycle tyres Being a British Standard, it is a recommendation only, and not the law. BSAU159f states that no repairs are allowed in the sidewalls (these flex continuously and a ...

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How to scrub in your tyres

Marc Abbott, 24 June 2009 14:52

In a word 'gently'. When the tyre comes out of the mould there are release agents that need to be removed before the rubber performs at its optimum. Compare and buy motorcycle tyres To do that you need to get some heat into the rubber with gentle cornering on both sides of the tyre and use gradual throttle openings. No ...

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Tyre advice: I need a tyre for high mileage commuting

Marc Abbott, 17 June 2009 17:18

Q. I just took the plunge and bought a Sprint 955 which I'm loving but I need a new rear tyre. The bike is currently fitted with Bridgestone BT014s. Compare and buy motorcycle tyres However, I am a very new rider and am mainly doing motorway miles (60 a day) and then London miles (20 a day). I am completely ...

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Tyre advice for Triumph Daytona 675

Marc Abbott, 11 June 2009 11:27

Q. I'm getting through the rear Pirelli Diablo Super Corsa on my Triumph 675 on my daily commute and I want to switch to a tyre that will give me better mileage and decent levels of grip. I don¹t consider myself to be a mad-for-it racer type, though I have got a couple of track days planned for the summer.Alex ...

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