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Can I use silicone sealant instead of a gasket?

Q. I have bought a second hand slip-on exhaust for my 2009 Suzuki GSXR750. The pipe that connects to the end pipe is slightly out of shape and the gasket does not fit in correctly. When trying to fit the exhaust the gasket gets pushed too far down the inside and does not sit correctly. Would it be possible to ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Exhausts
  • 28 May 2012

Why is my Yamaha R6 dying on me?

Q. I recently rebuilt my 2002 Yamaha R6 and all seems ok. It starts up and ticks over OK, but when I go to ride off it feels like it’s got no fuel and the revs die on me. She will restart just fine, when I go to ride off it will get less than a 100 yards then die ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 23 May 2012

My Suzuki GSX-R750 is overheating

Q. I have a 2003 Suzuki GSX-R750 and when it gets to its max temperature (107 degrees) it overheats and cuts out in traffic, I have to wait until it cools down before it starts again. It was fully serviced a month ago so all fluid levels are fine. It also happened before the service, I’ve been told that it ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 23 May 2012

Why is my Deauville playing up?

Q. I was riding home on the M6 yesterday after a weeks touring round Scotland on my Deauville when my rev counter went haywire then died. Shortly after, the bike backfired twice and the engine cut out leaving me to coast over to the hard shoulder. I had to get my breakdown company to bring me and the bike home ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 23 May 2012

Road tyres for a Triumph Tiger 800XC

Q. What replacement tyres would you recommend for my Triumph 800 XC? I will only be using the bike on the road for weekend leisure trips and occasional long distance tours. They also need to be good in the wet. My current tyres are Bridgestone Battle Wings.Peitho, MCN forums A. Because of the Triumph’s 21” front wheel you can’t fit ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Tyres
  • 23 May 2012

Which springs to upgrade my FJR’s forks?

Q. I want to uprate the front fork springs on my FJR1300A (2008 plate) as I’m finding it too soft fully-loaded. The brand names I've heard of don't do replacement uprated springs for my year of bike.Tulstyman, MCN forums A. Hyperpro (www.performanceparts-ltd.com) offer a replacement set that comes with detailed fitting instructions for about £120-130. They recommend that you go ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Suspension
  • 16 May 2012

Can I re-use an old tyre?

Q. Is it acceptable to re-fit a motorcycle tyre? I replaced the rear tyre on my 2007 CBR600RR last year as I was going on a long trip and didn't want the hassle of changing it when I was away. Now that one has worn out I'd like to re-fit the original, but some garages refuse to do it. The ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Tyres
  • 16 May 2012

What’s causing front-end shimmy?

Q. I am getting a slight front end shimmy at higher speed on my Honda CBR600F. The bike is fitted with Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsas and I’ve done 1000 miles on them during which time they have been brilliant; very stable and with tons of grip. I did do a track day the other day.Gareth Vaughan, email A. If it ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 30 April 2012

Which clutch plates for a Yamaha V-Max?

Q. My Yamaha V-Max will soon need new clutch plates. The Barnett sets are £20-30 more than EBC or Ferodo. Are they worth the extra cash?Mickh13, MCN forums A. Unless you are going drag racing I don’t think you really need that extra expense. The weak point on the VMax clutch is the diaphragm spring rather than the springs or ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 30 April 2012

Best textile trousers on a budget

Q. After 28 years off bikes I have decided to go back to riding. A lot has changed in this time and I need some advice. I am thinking of buying a pair of textile trousers with a limited budget of £75, but I’m not sure what to look for, as this type of clothing is new to me. Can ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Leathers, jackets & suits
  • 30 April 2012

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