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Tyre advice: 16.5inch wheels for road bikes

Chris Dabbs, 03 January 2010 19:35

Q. I have been offered a set of 16.5in Dymags for the right money for my GSX-R1000 K5. Getting race tyres is not a problem and I can get treads cut in them. I thought I heard a rumour about tyre companies making road tyres for 16.5s? If they did it would make the Dymags a lot more appealing Cheesemanpaul, ...

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What's the best tyre for year-round riding?

Chris Dabbs, 16 December 2009 14:47

Q. As I commute through winter on my bike, I'm interested in fitting a rear tyre that will cope with all the rain, slush and snow and still give decent grip when the weather is fine. I've got the OE Bridgestone BT016s front and rear now, but the rear is due for replacing in the next couple of weeks. Nick ...

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What's the best track day rubber?

Chris Dabbs, 16 December 2009 14:31

Q. I'm gearing up for next year's track days already and I'm looking for some fresh rubber. I've used Pirelli Super Corsa Pros but my supplier is suggesting the Bridgestone 003s which are cheaper too. What do you think? Shane Brisband, Rugby Save money on motorcycle tyres A. The Pirellis are better, with more ultimate grip and feel, while the ...

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Tyre Advice: are some tyres better than others at resisting punctures?

Chris Dabbs, 11 June 2009 11:54

Some high mileage commuters find themselves picking up punctures every 2-3000 miles and they start searching for more puncture-proof rubber. But that puncture rate is more a comment on the type of routes they use each day rather than the tyres themselves. The tyres of cars, vans, lorries and buses all follow the same lanes and their wide flat rubber ...

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Suspension advice: When your used bike is like a rocking horse

Chris Dabbs, 11 June 2009 11:49

If you¹ve bought a used bike that¹s over five years old and it rocks back and forth even when you¹re feathering the brakes chances are the fork springs are more than a little tired. Fortunately there¹s plenty of choice out there, look for progressively rated springs as they are more able to soak up the small bumps and cope with ...

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Tyre advice: I can only lean so far

Chris Dabbs, 02 June 2009 11:58

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 Kawasaki ZX-636 is fitted with its standard Dunlop tyres and I have at least 12mm of unused rubber on ether side of the rear tyre, no matter how hard I ride. When I ...

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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: Best tyres for CB1000R

Chris Dabbs, 20 April 2009 08:53

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. Dear Chris, which tyes would you recommend for a CB1000R? I don't intend on doing any track days but I'd like to get the most of out the bikes performance.Ian, via email A. For what ...

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Tyre and suspension advice: Post crash damage to tyres

Chris Dabbs, 20 April 2009 08:46

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. Dear Chris, I was recently involved in a low-speed traffic accident. A car drove into the back of my bike at a pedestrian crossing. The tyre seems undamaged, but since it took most of the impact ...

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Tyre advice: Changing wheels for the right tyre

Chris Dabbs, 21 March 2009 10:30

Q. I am missing out on so many good tyre deals because my 1998 RRW Fireblade has got a 16 inch front wheel that I want to switch to a 17 incher. Will a VFR800/Hornet wheel drop straight in? Andy Kent, e-mail A. It is possible to change the front wheel of a Fireblade from 16 to 17 inches. If the ...

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