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Could my XJ900’s tyres be causing a shimmy?

MCN, 22 July 2010 18:53

Q. I ride a 1993 Yamaha XJ900 with about 24k miles on the clock. I had new Avon tyres fitted at the start of the year and have covered about 2500 miles since. During the past month I have noticed a shake through the forks at certain speeds. It appears mainly between 40-50mph and seems to smooth out above that ...

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Best tyres for a 4000-mile Alpine tour

Marc Abbott, 12 July 2010 16:53

I'm doing a 4000-mile tour round central Europe in August and I need a new set of rubber before I go. What should I use on my Bandit? It will be a mix between motorways and Alpine roads and will last three weeks. I will be camping so I will have a fair amount of stuff on the back. I ...

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Best tyres for less-than-spirited riding

MCN, 22 June 2010 15:26

Q. My girlfriend has just returned to biking after a long lay-off and at present I’m doing 95% of my riding with her. Save cash on motorcycle tyres It's great and she's rapidly building confidence but I’ve just had to change my Bridgestone BT021 because the centre strip was completely bald, but the shoulders weren't worn at all. Can you ...

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Best tyres for a Multistrada 1100S

MCN, 15 June 2010 16:08

Q. I'm hoping you can help me with some advice on tyres. I recently bought an ’08 Multistrada 1100S and I need to put some new tyres on it. The Metzeler Z6 looks to be a good, if slightly expensive tyre. While I've been looking around I've noticed that the Pirelli Strada tyre seems to be identical to the Metzeler ...

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Advice: What are the best tyres for a Kawasaki ZZR1400

Marc Abbott, 09 June 2010 14:10

Q. I have recently purchased a 2008 ZZR1400 which has about 5000 miles on the clock and is fitted with Bridgestone Battlax BT-014 tyres which are in very good condition. Are these tyres suitable for the bike?Phil Ager, email. A. The BT-014s are quite an old design, but OK. If you wanted the same sort again, go for the usual suspects ...

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Advice: Are my tyres causing vibrations?

Marc Abbott, 09 June 2010 11:49

I have a 2000 Honda Varadero 1000 with only 7000 miles on and it’s developed a vibration. I've checked the tyre pressures and they are spot on. I have slackened the chain off a bit more, but to no benefit. Both sprockets are fine.Pauldid, email The wheels could be out of balance, especially the front one. There are balance weights on ...

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If in doubt, change your tyres

MCN, 02 June 2010 16:02

Q. I have returned to motorcycling after a 48-year break and my bike is a 1990 Yamaha XV535 which is very pleasant to ride -­ even with the gearlever on the left! But on some road surfaces the feedback I get from the front is just like a puncture. Save cash on motorcycle tyres The tyre pressure on the Metzeler ...

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Product advice: Are valves changed with tyres?

MCN, 25 May 2010 13:41

Q. I bought a VTR recently that still had the original, 12-year-old tyres fitted. I decided to replace them due to age and signs of perishing. Save cash on motorcycle tyres I have had the tyres replaced but today the rear valve failed in quite a spectacular way.I have realised that the valve was not replaced when the tyre was. ...

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Best tyres for a Honda CBR600F

MCN, 18 May 2010 14:54

Q. I have a Honda CBR600F on a 54-plate which I ride only in the dry for between half or a full day, racking up 3-4000 miles a year in a mix of ‘touring’ and ‘sport’ mode. What tyre would you recommend?Michael Coulter, email Save £££s on motorcycle tyres A. As your mileage isn’t that crazy, we’d suggest some of ...

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Product advice: Best tyres for a Triumph Tiger

Marc Abbott, 11 May 2010 14:54

I wonder if you could please advise on the best choice of tyres for my 1995 Triumph Tiger? Tread life and cost are not a concern but my absolute priority is wet weather grip, particularly on the front, which becomes quite alarming when braking or cornering on wet roads. In fact the whole bike feels like it’s on really worn ...


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