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What’s caused 955 Daytona electrics to overheat?

Q. I have just replaced the stator and regulator/rectifier on my 2005 43,000-mile 955i Triumph Daytona. The problem I now have is that the wiring from the alternator and the 30-amp fuse is getting very hot. I’ve checked the battery readings when switched off for an hour, at tickover and 5000rpm. They are: 11.65 volts, 3.37 volts and 13.45 volts ...

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  • Parts & accessories
  • 09 July 2012

Best tyres for a Suzuki GSX400

Q. I am having problems finding a pair of matching road tyres for my 1982 Suzuki GSX400. The front is a 90/90/19, the rear is a 110/90/17, if I have to mix brands what would be the best combination? GSX400, MCN forums A. You could stay matched if you went for Bridgestone’s BT45s. There’s a 110/90/17 tubed rear available, but ...

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  • Tyres
  • 09 July 2012

How can I restrict a Honda VF400F?

Q. I am looking into buying a Honda VF400F. But I can't find a 33bhp kit or any legal way of restricting it. I have tried as many people and places as I can think of, including Honda dealerships and the like. As far as I can see the only way is to do the DAS course (I have a ...

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  • Parts & accessories
  • 25 June 2012

Will WD40 damage tyres?

Q. My son can be a bit like Frank Spencer sometimes. When cleaning his chain he often gets WD40 all over his rear tyre, too. Despite me warning him not to, he declares: "It's OK, I clean it off afterwards!" Does it damage the rubber compound itself or not?Joe Perkins, London A. WD40 is a water dispersant, not a lubricant, ...

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  • Tyres
  • 25 June 2012

Why is my ZX-6R’s front end juddering under braking?

Q. When I brake at slow speed on my Kawasaki ZX-6R J2 track bike it feels as if the brakes are only working intermittently and at higher speeds the front shudders a lot. The brake pads are new, the brake fluid is fine with no air and the Galfer discs have done around 4000 miles in the last four years.Luciano, ...

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  • Parts & accessories
  • 15 June 2012

How to remove a seized bolt from CBR600F Sport’s radiator

Q. I've a Honda CBR600F Sport and was just about to give it a good clean today when one of the bolts on the V-piece under the radiator just kept turning. So I thought I'll take the left-hand fairing off and carefully take the V-piece off with the left-hand fairing. All was going well until I found another seized bolt ...

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  • Parts & accessories
  • 07 June 2012

Have my wheel weights been wrongly fitted?

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 ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Tyres
  • 07 June 2012

Why is my almost-new Kawasaki Z1000SX rattling?

Q. I have a new Kawasaki Z1000SX with 900 miles on the clock, which has a faint rattle. It comes in when I am gently opening the throttle at low revs in the low gears. It’s similar to pinking or a tappet rattle. I am not labouring the bike at all, but it goes as the bike revs higher. I ...

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  • Parts & accessories
  • 07 June 2012

Most ‘comfortable’ tyres for a Speed Triple

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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  • Tyres
  • 28 May 2012

What’s causing my Honda Hornet’s rattle?

Q. I was advised the rattle on my Honda Hornet 600 was probably the camchain tensioner, so I had a new one fitted, but now the rattle has returned. However, where it used to rattle when cold, it’s now fine when cold and rattles when warm. It comes from the right hand side of the bike and around the head/carb ...

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  • 28 May 2012

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