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Best tyre for a 1250 Bandit

MCN, 27 January 2010 14:22

Q. I’ve got a 2009 Suzuki GSF1250 GT and after 3500 miles I need a new rear tyre to replace the OE Dunlop D218N 180/55 V17. I spend 80% of the time touring, and 20% over the Dales. Save money on motorcycle tyres I am 66 so I only indulge in the occasional burn-up!Mike Lecras, email A. We’d point you in ...

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

Chris Dabbs, 16 December 2009 14:47

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 ...

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What's the best track day rubber?

Chris Dabbs, 16 December 2009 14:31

Q. I'm gearing up for next year's track days already and I'm looking for some fresh rubber. I've used Pirelli Super Corsa Pros but my supplier is suggesting the Bridgestone 003s which are cheaper too. What do you think? Shane Brisband, Rugby Save money on motorcycle tyres A. The Pirellis are better, with more ultimate grip and feel, while the ...

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NEC Show: Avon Tyres to release new Storm 2 Ultra

Marc Abbott, 24 November 2009 15:12

Avon Tyres will release a successor to the phenomenally popular Storm ST family of sports-touring tyres at this year's NEC Show, later this week. Save cash on motorcycle tyres The new Storm 2 Ultra builds on the performance of the Storm ST and claims to improve upon it in a number of areas. Developed from the award-winning Storm ST tyre, ...

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Product advice: winter tyres for my CBF1000

Marc Abbott, 01 November 2009 12:58

I will be putting new tyres on my Honda CBF1000 to take me through the winter, so they need to be good all-rounders. I was thinking of Bridgestone BT021s?Harry White, Belfast The Bridgestones are in our top three of tyres for your bike, just behind Dunlop’s Roadsmarts and ahead of the Michelin Pilot Road IIs. 

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Tyre Advice: What affects tyre life on a GSX-R1000?

Marc Abbott, 26 August 2009 16:19

There are four factors that affect the life of a tyre. First, pressures; on your bike it should be 36psi front, 42psi rear. Next, the suspension needs to be compliant enough to help the tyre cope. If it's set up on the hard side, the tyre will get chewed up rapidly as it does the work of the shock as ...

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FAQ: How to cure a vibrating wheel

Marc Abbott, 19 August 2009 11:20

If you have some harsh vibrations or the steering feels loose or wobbly then your front wheel could be out of balance. Those vibes will stress wheel bearings, make the tyre run hotter and could loosen various fasteners around your bike. A fitter can do it, or you can balance your tyres at home. You want to counteract the weight ...

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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: 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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