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What pressure should my Suzuki GSX-R600's tyres be?

What pressure should my GSX-R600’s tyres be?I’ve just replaced my Bridgestone BT-016s with some BT-023s on my GSX-R600. The manual only gives the pressures for the 016s, so do I run the same pressures as the 016s, or do I need more air in them? My weight is 13 stone. At the moment I have put what it says on ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Tyres
  • 09 May 2011

Why are my GSX1400’s downpipes glowing?

I have a Suzuki GSX1400 and I have just fitted a four-into-one Akrapovic exhaust system. When I start it up and it’s ticking over, my exhaust headers glow bright red. Could you tell me why this is happening as I didn’t have this problem with the original exhaust?Gsxken, MCN forums Aftermarket exhausts are often single-skinned, while standard pipes have a ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Exhausts
  • 03 May 2011

My Kawasaki ZZ-R600 won’t tick over

Q. My 2000 Kawasaki ZZ-R600’s idle is all over the place and it’s cutting out at speed, too. I’ve tried to adjust the tickover using the screw, but it’s seized solid, so I’ve had to do it with the throttle cables themselves. Where do I start?Marc Chadwick, email A. If the tickover screw has seized up, then it’s probably fair to ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 16 February 2011

Yamaha R1 is skipping second gear

Q. I’ve just bought a 2002 Yamaha R1 and the gear selection isn’t brilliant, with second gear skipping at 8000rpm. The fork seals are starting to leak too…Gordon Harrison, email A. Oh dear, it sounds like you have got yourself a bike that’s spent more time with its front wheel in the air than is good for it. Those through-the-gear wheelies ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 07 February 2011

Glove review: Oxford Bone Dry Sports

Oxford Bone Dry Sports Gloves, £47.49Miles covered/time: 500/three weeks What’s good? They’re smooth and silky inside and immediately comfortable on the ends of your arms. The armour seems solid and reassuring and they’re well priced. They’ll keep in an admirable level of warmth between 4-10°C. They look and feel well made and dependable. What’s not? Within two hours of wearing ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Gloves
  • 05 November 2010

Jacket review: Aerostich Falstaff

Falstaff jacket, $397 (£258)Miles covered/time: 4200/13 monthsWhat’s good? The closest you can come to putting on your favourite slippers, this jacket immediately feels that you have owned it for years (but without the smell). Save cash on motorcycle jackets I’m personally a fan of waxed cotton as it’s so breathable, extremely flexible, and thus very comfortable. It has a full ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Leathers, jackets & suits
  • 01 October 2010

How to know it's time to change your tyres

Q. I am on a very tight budget as a poor student (bloody tuition fees), so I can’t afford to change my tyres until I absolutely have to. Save cash on motorcycle tyres Apart from a lack of tread, what are the other signs that the time has come for me to spend more money?Steve Proctor, Ilford A. The obvious visual ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Tyres
  • 03 September 2010

Want to be a suspension expert?

Always found yourself put off by the seemingly black art of suspension adjustment? Or do you sometimes make colossal errors of judgement and screw up your settings because you forgot to take a note of the original settings? Save cash on motorcycle products You wouldn’t be the first. MCN’s guide to setting your sag is the place to start if ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 29 March 2010

Best boots for all-day use?

Q. I was just wondering if you could advise me on motorcycle boots as I am looking to find a pair I can use on and off the bike as I go about my daily business. Save cash on motorcycle boots So far I have only found the Shift Fuel Street Shoe. Do you know of any alternatives?Damien Baker, email A. ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Boots
  • 16 March 2010

Brake disc rivets explained

Q. I recently read your advice column in MCN on floating discs from an Andrew Carroll (MCN, November 25) and was wondering, should the rivets on my discs rotate freely on my Aprilia RS250 because at this moment in time they are solid. There is no movement in them whatsoever!G.Morgan, email A. According to the factory in Italy the rivets in ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 23 February 2010

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