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Tyre's mystery line

MCN, 04 May 2011 09:17

I have about 400 miles on the Bridgestone BT023R on the front wheel of my 2005 Honda CBF600N and I’ve noticed a strange line just left of centre that runs the circumference of the tyre. Has anyone else seen this? Is it a concern?Zoogie, MCN forums It’s nothing to worry about. The increasing amounts of silica used in tyre rubber ...

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Best tyres for a 2004 Honda Fireblade

MCN, 08 April 2011 11:30

Q. I bought my 2004 Fireblade with Pirelli Corsa IIIs and they seem OK but a little ‘slidy’ on the rear at times (in the damp). I’m trying to decide whether to replace the pair with Corsa IIIs or buy something else? I ride hard/fast on the road come wet or dry. I ride about 5000 a year but only ...

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Best tyres for a KTM 950SM?

Anonymous, 29 March 2011 11:22

I am looking for some new tyres for my 2006 KTM 950SM. I currently have Pirelli Diablo Corsa IIIs on, which have been great, although I haven’t used them in the wet much. I am planning a trip to the south of France in September, covering 2500 miles, so hopefully the weather will be fairly dry. The more reviews I ...

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What are the yellow dots on tyres?

Anonymous, 22 March 2011 14:00

I was browsing websites looking for info regarding those red and yellow dots on the tyre sidewalls and could have sworn I'd seen an MCN feature about them being factory balance markings and where they should be in relation to the valve position but can't find it anywhere. Can you offer any info?‘Chap’, Mansfield We’ve started calling those dots “VIMs”, for ...

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Best tyres for a KTM SMT

MCN, 16 February 2011 11:17

Q. I've got a KTM SMT 990. Can you suggest a set of sticky tyres for it? The stickier the better, and I'm not bothered about tyre life as I only go out for 50-60 mile blasts. Your help would be much appreciated. John Robinson, email Save cash on motorcycle tyres A. If you really don’t care about mileage, then ...

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The best off-road tyres

MCN, 07 February 2011 17:36

Q. I own a Kawasaki KMX200 and I’m looking for a set of road-legal off-road tyres with the emphasis on their dirt performance. I've spent ages surfing the web but can’t find any that fit the bill. The front is a 21-incher and the rear is 17 inches.SIMkelly, MCN tyre forum A. Your problem is the rear wheel size as the ...

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Best all-round tyre for a Triumph Daytona 675

MCN, 31 January 2011 17:48

Q. It’s nearly time for some new rubber on my 2008 Triumph Daytona 675. I am going on a week’s tour round France and Italy with some mates next year, along with some track days and am after a tyre that will be up to both. Any suggestions?Gaunty, MCN forums Save cash on motorcycle tyres A. You are pushing it ...

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When should I change my tyres?

Marc Abbott, 25 January 2011 15:10

I’ve been told that the legal minimum tread limit is 1mm. Should I let the tread go this low or should I change the tyre sooner? I don’t race my bike, it's only used on A and B-roads with very little motorway use. I have checked the tread tonight and I have 1.6mm of tread left, I just don't know ...

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Best sports touring tyres for a GSX-R1000

MCN, 18 January 2011 14:35

Q. I wonder if you can give me some advice on the best tyres to use on a GSX-R1000 K7 for touring. I plan on riding my K7 alone to a few MotoGPs in 2011 around Europe, starting from Yarm in Teesside. Save cash on motorcycle tyres My first trip is to Portugal and then I plan on doing a ...

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Best tyres for a GSX-R1000 K3

MCN, 11 January 2011 14:06

Q. I have a Suzuki 2003 GSX-R1000 and the tyres I’m stuck between are the Bridgestone BT023s and the Metzeler Sportec M5s. Save cash on motorcycle tyres Please could you shed some light on the best out of the two?Rob Atkinson, email A. The Bridgestone is more of a sport touring tyre than supersport rubber, so the Metzeler will probably suit ...

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