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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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How do I know my brake pads will suit my discs?

Chris Dabbs, 11 May 2010 15:54

I would like to fit Ferodo Sintergrip road ST HH brake pads to my 2000 Yamaha R6. But Ferodo say the discs must be stainless steel or cast iron for their pads to be suitable. I have emailed Yamaha UK, but they say they don’t have information on the exact material composition for the brake discs. How can they not ...

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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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How to de-restrict a Suzuki VX800

Chris Dabbs, 12 January 2010 16:09

Q. I have a Suzuki VX800 that pulls cleanly up to 80mph with no problem, but then seems to run into a brick wall. Save money on motorcycle products I think it could be restricted as it was brought to Britain by a merchant seaman. How can I tell whether it is limited and if so, what can I do ...

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Will a Power Commander and pipe cure Hornet vibes?

Chris Dabbs, 16 December 2009 14:14

Q. I like my Honda Hornet 900, but I was wondering if a Power Commander and a pipe might cure the vibes a bit? I don't mind losing some power as it's got plenty and I already like the torque that it has. John Andrews, email Save £££s on power commanders A. Honda set the Hornet up very lean up ...

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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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Firmer brakes overnight

Chris Dabbs, 19 June 2009 17:05

For an easier way to get better brakes, use a cable-tie or similar to hold the front brake on quite tightly and leave overnight. When returning to the bike next day tap the brake hoses thoroughly to get all the bubbles, that have formed due to the continual pressure, to rise to the top into the reservoir. Hey presto - ...

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Bike accessory advice: Removing scratches

Chris Dabbs, 20 May 2009 10:42

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 scratched the screen of my BMW R1100RT. Watch can I do to get it out?James Mitchell, Bristol A. Try Xeropol plastic polish. I used some to polish out scratches on the screen of ...

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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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Technical advice: Suzuki Hayabusa clutch slipping

Chris Dabbs, 20 May 2009 10:02

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 have a very clean ‘99 Hayabusa with 14,000 miles on the clock and a full service history. I bought it two months ago and it’s still under dealer warranty. My problem is that if ...

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