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Brake disc rivets explained

Q. I recently read your advice column in MCN on floating discs from an Andrew Carroll (MCN, November 25) and was wondering, should the rivets on my discs rotate freely on my Aprilia RS250 because at this moment in time they are solid. There is no movement in them whatsoever!G.Morgan, email A. According to the factory in Italy the rivets in ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 23 February 2010

Where can I buy an Ace Café jacket?

Q. I have lost the MCN edition from last year that had the advert for the Ace Café leather jackets in. Save £££s on motorcycle jackets Can you help me? I would like the address or email address to order one. Pinafore, email A. We ran a mock-up of the new Ace Custom Perfecto jacket when we got hold of the ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Leathers, jackets & suits
  • 15 February 2010

Where can I get exhaust packing material?

Q. I have extracted the pipe baffles out of the tail pipe of a Suzuki TS250L and noticed the wadding has completely disappeared. Save cash on motorcycle exhausts Can anyone recommend a suitable replacement, or where I may be able to pick up an original?Jason Warren, MCN technical forum A. Look in your yellow pages for an exhaust place near to ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Exhausts
  • 19 January 2010

MCN Biking Britain survey: top 10 MCN shop bestsellers of 2009

Of the 42,000-plus products available to buy at www.mcnshop.com, here are the top 10 bestselling this year. All those readers can’t be wrong... 1. Shoei XR-1000 helmet, RRP from £295MCN Shop best price: £189.99 +£4.99 P&P from Busters AccessoriesThe XR-1000 has already been replaced in the last two months by the XR-1100 so it looks like you’ve been bagging bargain ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • 03 January 2010

Product advice: winter tyres for my CBF1000

I will be putting new tyres on my Honda CBF1000 to take me through the winter, so they need to be good all-rounders. I was thinking of Bridgestone BT021s?Harry White, Belfast The Bridgestones are in our top three of tyres for your bike, just behind Dunlop’s Roadsmarts and ahead of the Michelin Pilot Road IIs. 

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Tyres
  • 01 November 2009

Tyre Advice: What affects tyre life on a GSX-R1000?

There are four factors that affect the life of a tyre. First, pressures; on your bike it should be 36psi front, 42psi rear. Next, the suspension needs to be compliant enough to help the tyre cope. If it's set up on the hard side, the tyre will get chewed up rapidly as it does the work of the shock as ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Tyres
  • 26 August 2009

FAQ: How to cure a vibrating wheel

If you have some harsh vibrations or the steering feels loose or wobbly then your front wheel could be out of balance. Those vibes will stress wheel bearings, make the tyre run hotter and could loosen various fasteners around your bike. A fitter can do it, or you can balance your tyres at home. You want to counteract the weight ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Tyres
  • 19 August 2009

Why it's best not to fit a single exhaust to a V-twin

The simple reason that the vast majority of V-twins use two-into-two silencer systems is that the power pulses produced by a V-twin in the combustion chamber are a lot stronger than the evenly spaced smaller pulses from a four-cylinder. Compare and buy motorcycle exhausts So they produce more noise every time they turn over. Even if you decided to go ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Tyres
  • 29 July 2009

How to change your tyres at home

Tyre changes are quite easy to do at home if you have the right tools. A purpose-made bead breaker will get the tyre off the rim, and once the rubber is in the 'well' of the wheel, good quality tyre levers for about £10 a pair, and rim protectors for a fiver along with muscle power should get the tyre ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Tyres
  • 29 July 2009

Tyre advice: Good tyres for light trail use

Q. I have a 2009 Triumph Tiger 1050, which I am delighted with. I am well aware it is not a full-blown off-road motorcycle, but I would like to improve the grip on light trail use, without sacrificing the fine road handling. Compare and buy motorcycle tyres Can you please make any suggestions?Neil. Kitchingman, email A. The problem you have is ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Tyres
  • 22 July 2009

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