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How to grip Honda CLR125’s rounded-off bolt

MCN, 25 July 2012 16:04

Q. I have to replace the fork seals on my Honda CLR125, but someone’s been in there before me and the Allen socket on the end of the damper rod has rounded out so my Allen key just spins around.Charles Marsh, email A. Torx bits have plenty of sharp edges that can grip the inside of an Allen socket. Get ...

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Best textile trousers on a budget

MCN, 30 April 2012 13:05

Q. After 28 years off bikes I have decided to go back to riding. A lot has changed in this time and I need some advice. I am thinking of buying a pair of textile trousers with a limited budget of £75, but I’m not sure what to look for, as this type of clothing is new to me. Can ...

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Best tyres for a Kawasaki ZZR600

MCN, 14 March 2012 14:02

Q. I own a 2001 ZZR600 and would like an opinion as to the best tyres for this bike. I am not a knee-down, throttle-open rider, basically I’m a commuter and weekend social rider. I have recently read articles on Pirelli Diablo Stradas…Steve Rogers A. The ZZR600’s tyre sizes of 120/60 x 17 and 160/60 x 17 do limit choice ...

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Which bobbins for my Kawasaki Z1000SX?

MCN, 03 January 2012 13:46

Q. I’ve got a Kawasaki Z1000SX and I’m looking at getting a paddock stand for it. Rather than one that lifts it at the rear wheel spindle, I want to use the two threaded holes in the swingarm and two bobbins screwed in there. Is there anything I should watch out for?Alex Carr, email A. The Z1000SX has got quite compliant ...

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Why won't my Honda CBX750 run properly?

MCN, 15 December 2011 11:50

Q. I've just got an ’86-reg Honda CBX750, it had blowing header pipes which I’ve fixed. My problem is that when I try to ride it after letting it warm up the middle two cylinders splutter then cut out. I give it two minutes and it starts up fine, but won’t take any load.Dave Wood, Bournemouth A. Unfortunately it sounds ...

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Best tyres for a Kawasaki GTR1400

MCN, 07 December 2011 11:51

Q. I have been on a GSX-R1000 for the past two years, but now as my wife wants to travel further afield we are changing to a Kawasaki GTR1400. Which tyres can I fit to get the most grip and feel? I’m not really worried about tyre life.Anon A. Big bikes like the GTR are fussy about the sort of ...

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Why is my Bandit 1250's exhaust popping?

MCN, 07 December 2011 11:35

Q. I bought my 2008 Suzuki Bandit 1250SA new and I like everything except the massive end can. I replaced this with a twin outlet road legal can from Banditmania which looks and sounds great. The problem is that when I roll off the throttle to slow for junctions or lights I get some popping from the new end can. ...

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Wrong pressures on Honda CBF600 tyres

MCN, 30 November 2011 11:54

Q. I have been using my Honda CBF600 for six months. I had got it into my head that the front tyre pressure was 42psi, which has always seemed fine. The other day I went to check the pressures and the front tyre’s valve came off in my hand! I wheeled it down to the local bike garage for a ...

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How to store a bike over winter

MCN, 30 November 2011 11:30

Q. I own a 2010 Honda VFR800. My bike is used most of the year but could be off the road for a couple of months in bad weather. It is garaged and has a battery conditioner fitted. Can I do any form of damage if I start it up every couple of weeks, and let it run until it ...

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Do I need tyre warmers for early trackday sessions?

MCN, 28 October 2011 10:10

I've been getting into track days recently, and this year's Indian summer has been a godsend. But even with the sun shining the tracks are pretty cold in the mornings. Is it time I invested in some tyre warmers to give me a head start in the breakfast sessions? Stuart Pearson Tyre warmers' main benefit isn't in giving you sticky ...

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