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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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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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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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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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Is Honda CBR125 output shaft safe?

MCN, 12 October 2011 15:04

Q. While fitting a new chain and sprockets to my son’s 2007 Honda CBR125R I noticed that the engine output shaft could be moved in and out by about 1-2mm. Is this normal on this model? A. Don’t panic – there is generally a little end float built into output shafts to allow for movement and wear in the chain. ...

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Kawasaki ER-5 keeps stalling

MCN, 08 September 2011 16:53

I have a 2002 Kawasaki ER-5, the engine starts and runs perfectly, but as soon as you put it in gear and start to release the clutch the bike will stall, no matter how high the revs are. It's not the clutch as I've taken it apart to check it and it's OK. Is it possible that the spark plug ...

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Exactly what tools do I need to replace my chain?

MCN, 25 July 2011 17:22

Q. I am about to replace the drive chain on my Honda Fireblade and I wanted clarification on which tools I’ll need for the job as the retailer wants to sell me a tool to peen over the hollow link pin. I thought you just needed a hammer to do that job as per your How to… feature in the ...

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What’s up with recently rebuilt Hayabusa motor?

MCN, 25 July 2011 16:42

Q. I’ve bought a second-hand Busa for good money that’s just had an engine rebuild. The reason I got it really cheap was because it misfires between five and 7000rpm and won’t rev past that. I’m pretty handy with spanners and electrics so I thought I could sort it out myself. The diagnostics said ‘faulty coils’, but they are fine ...

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Why is my Kawasaki ZXR750 clutch slipping?

MCN, 01 June 2011 15:50

Q. I’ve just put some new clutch plates in my Kawasaki ZXR750 H2, but it’s still slipping. Can I adjust it out? wingy46, MCN forums A. As your clutch is hydraulic, the only adjustment is at the lever forhand span using the small, four-position chrome wheel on the top of the lever, one being the farthest out and four being closest ...

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