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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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Taking care of tyres after a trackday

Chris Dabbs, 07 May 2009 15:14

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 ...

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Tyre advice: Sports touring tyres

Chris Dabbs, 03 March 2009 16:59

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. I’ve had my Honda VFR800 FIX for ten months and its mismatched tyres now need replacing. I'm about 13.5 stone in leathers and enjoy weekend rides scratching around B-roads. I'm certainly not a championship racer, ...

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Tire advice : Honda CB1000 Big One tires

Chris Dabbs, 02 March 2009 11:34

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. I ride a Honda CB1000 Big One, its rear tyre is a 170/60 x 18 and I’m struggling to get a tyre to fit it apart from Dunlop’s D202. Dunlop produced two other models, but have ...

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