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Why is my almost-new Kawasaki Z1000SX rattling?

MCN, 07 June 2012 16:59

Q. I have a new Kawasaki Z1000SX with 900 miles on the clock, which has a faint rattle. It comes in when I am gently opening the throttle at low revs in the low gears. It’s similar to pinking or a tappet rattle. I am not labouring the bike at all, but it goes as the bike revs higher. I ...

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Can I use silicone sealant instead of a gasket?

MCN, 28 May 2012 13:40

Q. I have bought a second hand slip-on exhaust for my 2009 Suzuki GSXR750. The pipe that connects to the end pipe is slightly out of shape and the gasket does not fit in correctly. When trying to fit the exhaust the gasket gets pushed too far down the inside and does not sit correctly. Would it be possible to ...

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Can police stop you for emissions?

MCN, 02 April 2012 13:25

Q. We know the police can do you for a noisy exhaust, but have they ever done anyone for excessive emissions on aftermarket exhausts?S Boucher, email A. Not as far as we’re aware. The police don’t have any testing kit as it’s not yet a legal requirement for motorcycle exhausts to meet emissions standards.

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Can I fit mismatched tyres to my Fazer?

MCN, 27 September 2011 10:42

The front Dunlop Sportmax on my Yamaha FZ6 Fazer is getting due for replacement and I’d like a reasonably priced new tyre that would suit. The rear tyre is also a Sportmax but has lots of life left. Would you recommend changing both or would it be OK just to renew the front, even if it was for a different ...

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How do I get exhaust bolts out?

MCN, 20 July 2011 15:51

Q. What’s the best method of getting exhaust bolts out? I have two Allen head studs and the heads inside are rounded off.mjhammer92, MCN forums A. If you can get to them OK then you can hammer a Torx bit into the rounded off hole. Go for a bit one size bigger than the Allen bolt, so it can bite ...

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Why is my CBR600's mudguard cracked?

MCN, 06 June 2011 17:03

I have a Honda CBR600 Sport that I have owned for eight years. After my second outing this year I noticed a series of cracks around the lower mounting point of one side on the front mudguard. I fitted a new one, but on the next outing both sides on the lower mounting points where cracked. The forks seem to ...

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Will my loud exhaust pass an MoT?

MCN, 08 April 2011 10:00

Q. I have a US-import GSX-R750 with a Yoshimura end can fitted which hasn’t got any markings on it at all. No 'not for road use' or 'race use only', but it does seem a little loud. Where do I stand legally if I am stopped by the police? I assume your average officer would not know if it is ...

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Can I remove my Z750's stock exhaust valve?

MCN, 29 September 2010 14:00

Q. I really need to make my 2007 Kawasaki Z750 louder as they hear my son’s GSX-R coming, but not me following. So I’m looking at a replacement can, but what’s to be done with the device fitted to the OE can? Find a used Kawasaki Z750 for sale It’s got two cables running to it, and I’m worried it ...

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Tyres that inspire confidence...

MCN, 20 April 2010 17:34

Q. I intend replacing my tyres in the next few weeks and would appreciate some advice. Save £££s on motorcycle tyres The tyres fitted are Continentals, which came with the bike when I bought it; but I don't feel confident with these after experiencing a two-wheel slide when cornering at speed. I like to ride fast when cornering, with most ...

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What effect does removing an exhaust baffle have?

MCN, 23 February 2010 14:25

Q. I have just purchased a new GSX-R1000 with dealer-fitted Arrow cans with removable baffles. Save cash on motorcycle exhausts Can you please tell me whether it would harm the bike if I removed them. I have also read in the Arrow instructions about a connecting pipe without the stock cat convertor, are these ok to use and will it ...

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