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Best all-round tyres for a KTM Superduke

Marc Abbott, 08 September 2011 17:03

I have a KTM Superduke and need to replace both tyres. I ride quite hard so need something that inspires confidence, but often get caught out in the wet, so need something that doesn’t slide all over at the first drop of rain. But with money tight I would like something thatlasts around 2500 miles for a rear without breaking ...

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When should I change my tyres?

Marc Abbott, 25 January 2011 15:10

I’ve been told that the legal minimum tread limit is 1mm. Should I let the tread go this low or should I change the tyre sooner? I don’t race my bike, it's only used on A and B-roads with very little motorway use. I have checked the tread tonight and I have 1.6mm of tread left, I just don't know ...

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Is there a cheap way to repair a tyre?

Marc Abbott, 29 December 2010 07:00

I caught a financial cold recently when I picked up a puncture in a nearly-new Z-rated tyre and I had to get it replaced. Is there any guaranteed way I can avoid a costly bill if I get another puncture?  Gary Harper, email   Avon tyres have a scheme called the Road Hazard Warranty. If one of their radial tyres becomes ...

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Advice: Why have my tyres worn so quickly?

Marc Abbott, 24 August 2010 16:45

Why have my tyres worn so quickly? Q. I’ve been using the same make and model of tyres on my bike for a few sets now, but the last pair seemed to have worn faster than before. Both the front and the rear are showing signs of extensive wear about 700 miles earlier than before. Do you think they have ...

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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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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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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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Product advice: Best tyres for a Honda CBF125?

Marc Abbott, 13 April 2010 14:59

I am considering replacing the original tyres on my Honda CBF125. Can you recommend a set that will give a combination of good mileage and decent grip?David Hale, email   The Honda’s wheel sizes do limit your tyre choice, but Bridgestone have the BT39SS, which were developed for small-capacity production racing in Japan. They give really good grip with half-decent mileage ...

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Product advice: Are 190- and 200-section tyres interchangeable?

Marc Abbott, 15 February 2010 12:59

The Suzuki B-King comes with a 200-section rear tyre profile but it can apparently take a 190-section tyre. Can someone explain this to me? If a 190 is used will the profile be less sharp? Forklift, MCN tyre forum   Bridgestone’s technical department have the answer to this one: “When tyre companies make tyres we can legally make them +/- 4% ...


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