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

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 ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Tyres
  • 26 August 2009

FAQ: How to cure a vibrating wheel

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 ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Tyres
  • 19 August 2009

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

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 ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Tyres
  • 29 July 2009

How to change your tyres at home

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 ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Tyres
  • 29 July 2009

Tyre advice: Good tyres for light trail use

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 ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Tyres
  • 22 July 2009

How much to spend on a rear shock

If you're thinking of replacing your rear shock and are unsure of how much to spend, consider this... Choose a specialist supplier/manufacturer who can give decent back-up and advice. You are going to be spending somewhere between £350 and £1000 so don't give your cash to just anyone. Compare and buy motorcycle shocks A big name brand such as Ohlins ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Suspension
  • 24 June 2009

Taking care of tyres after a trackday

Tyre manufacturers have developed specific tyres for specific purposes, so doing a trackday on tyres designed as as a sports touring tyre will hammer them on the track. However, they won't have blistered. That only happens when a tyre delaminates, and the horrendous vibration you'd experience would make you park the bike straightaway. The edges of the tread on both ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Tyres
  • 07 May 2009

Clothing advice: Textile suits to go over your clothes

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. My commute to work involves a bit of motorway riding. I'd like something textile that I can wear over my normal clothes. What do you suggest? A. Sounds like you need an Aerostitch style ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Leathers, jackets & suits
  • 09 April 2009

Clothing advice: heated gloves

MCN expert Marc Abbott is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I can't wait to get out on the roads and start touring but the weather is still pretty chilly and after an hour of riding my fingers are freezing even with my winter gloves. I don't ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Gloves
  • 13 March 2009

Clothing advice: Iridium visors for pillions

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. Can you help settle an argument between my girlfriend and I – I know that iridium visors are illegal to ride with, but are pillion passengers exempt from this, as she would like one for ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Helmets
  • 05 March 2009

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