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Best tyres for a Kawasaki ZZR1400

Q. I am currently using Avon Storm 2 Ultras on my Kawasaki ZZR1400 but fancy trying Bridgestones what should I try, BT023 or S20s? I’m not a track day loon but I like to get a move on. But I want them to last a bit!Ninja12, MCN forums A. The problem with the 1400 is that is a bit of ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Tyres
  • 24 September 2012

How do I clean my radiator?

Q. Is there a product or a process to clean aluminium radiators and oil coolers? You could eat your dinner off the rest of my bike but these get covered in crap and corrosion. It can't be good for their efficiency and looks naff. Pressure washing is going to flatten the fins and over-aggressive chemicals could be a bad idea ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 21 September 2012

How to check Kawasaki ZZR600’s valve clearances

Q. I have a mint Kawasaki ZZR600 E1 which I am happily racking the miles up on. I do my own servicing and the valve clearances are coming up to be checked and reset. My Haynes manual has flagged up its difficulty with a four-spanner rating, so I wondered if you have got any tips to get me through this?James ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 21 March 2012

Best tyres for a CCM FT35

Q. I have a CCM FT35-S, the 400cc Suzuki-engined supermoto with a 120/70 x 17 front tyre and a 150/70 x 17 rear. What choices do I have in replacement rubber?Nick Scarr, email A. First off, the correct size on the back is a 150/60 x 17, and there are several good choices for lighter bikes in these sizes, but ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 20 January 2012

How long will my leathers last?

Q. We all know that manufacturers put a life expectancy on helmets of roughly five years but is there a life expectancy on leathers? I know we should replace any kit if it has been involved in a high impact spill or accident, but what if not? I have had my leathers now for what must be going on 10-12 ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Leathers, jackets & suits
  • 20 January 2012

Suzuki Hayabusa's hot start issue

Q. I have a 1999 Hayabusa with a hot start problem. It starts fine when cold and on choke, and also when hot if you start straight away after stopping, such as after fuelling up. The problems start if it’s left for 20 minutes or so; the engine turns over fine but it will not start. I can smell fuel ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 30 November 2011

Yamaha YBR 125's revs won't drop

I bought a 2005 Yamaha YBR125 privately few weeks ago, it didn’t tick over very well then but I thought it just needed a good service. It starts OK but after it’s warmed up and ready, if you throttle on and off the revs hang up at 3000rpm for a few seconds then slowly down drop down to a tickover ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 17 November 2011

Is Honda CG125 chain over-tight?

Q. When I spin the back tyre of my Honda CG125 in neutral I can hear a rumble and sometimes when I change down gears and don’t blip the throttle to match engine speed I get a “clanking” noise like the chain is slipping on the sprocket. I have set the chain tension to 20mm on the centrestand as it ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 09 August 2011

Why does my Triumph TT600 cut out?

Q. I have a 2002 Triumph TT600 with 20,000 miles on the clock. I'm having intermittent issues with it cutting out. The bike will start fine to begin with, but cuts out mid-ride. When it does this the engine management light can be seen to continuously flicker and the main power relay can be heard flicking on and off rapidly. ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 13 July 2011

Why is my front tyre wearing unevenly?

Q. I have a Kawasaki ZX-10R with a Metzeler front motorcycle tyre which has worn around one side only, similar to tracking wear on a car tyre, with the wear starting from the centre of the tyre. Tyre balance perhaps?Neil Reece, email A. If the bike handles predictably and you haven’t had a spill it’s unlikely to be a kinked chassis or ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Tyres
  • 01 June 2011

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