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Which oil for my Firestorm?

Chris Dabbs, 11 May 2010 16:09

What oil would you suggest I should use in my Honda Firestorm? Fully synthetic or semi-synthetic? The bike is a 1999 model with 14,000 miles on the clock.Martin Thomas, Salisbury On a 14,000 mile machine, fully synthetic is good but then it’s also expensive. Semi-synthetic is perfectly adequate and cheaper. We’re told that Honda UK puts semi-synthetic in all of its ...

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Troubleshooting: Why won't my 2002 Thunderbird go?

Chris Dabbs, 11 May 2010 15:49

GCollins: I have a 2002 Triumph Thunderbird with 17,000 miles on it and in good condition. Lately the engine has started to fade and then cut out, this happens after about 30 miles often after a stop and restart, and at any speed. Any ideas about likely causes? jaffa90: You say it fades but does it make any noises like ...

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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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Benefits of changing brakes lines

Chris Dabbs, 16 December 2009 12:14

Q. When I replace the brake lines on my Yamaha FJR1300 is there any benefit (apart from cost) in braking function or performance to change the set-up from a single line splitting with a Y-piece into one for each caliper, to either a line for each side or one pipe to one side with another looping over the mudguard to ...

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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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Technical advice: Stalling on downshifts

Chris Dabbs, 01 June 2009 11:54

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 got a Ducati Monster 1100S a couple of weeks ago and I am loving it. But every now or then, when I am downshifting, the engine dies on me. It has happened five or ...

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Technical advice: Oil light problem

Chris Dabbs, 20 May 2009 10:25

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert hereQ. I am getting the oil pressure warning light come on between the temps of 45C to 55C on my 1998 Yamaha R1. Once it comes on I pull over and stop until it goes out and ...

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Parts advice: Mirror extensions

Chris Dabbs, 15 May 2009 16:28

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 need some mirror extensions for my CBR600F, does anyone know whomakes them.Phil Walden, Gosport A. A VFR Owners Club member from Hatfield, Pete Morgan, manufactures and supply mirror extensions for several Honda models ...

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Bike accessory advice: The coolest exhausts

Chris Dabbs, 08 May 2009 17:36

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 I fit a race can to my Honda Hornet 600 which won’t get too hot for my pillion. I have heard that carbon cans might not heat up as much?Alan Lovell, e-mail A. You-re right ...

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