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Best tyres for a Yamaha R6

MCN, 26 November 2012 16:16

Q. I have been running Dunlops on my Yamaha R6 and didn’t get on very well with them. I did start looking at Pirelli Diablos or Metzelers, then someone suggested Michelin 2CTs…Plumbus, MCN Forums A. The 2CTs are a sound tyre with great wet weather performance. But they were introduced in 2006, and in a market where sports tyres have ...

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Best tyres for a Kawasaki ZZR1400

MCN, 24 September 2012 15:53

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 ...

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Can I put different sized tyres on my rim?

MCN, 21 September 2012 17:14

Q. I have a bike with stupid tyre sizes - 100/90 x 19 front and 130/80 x 17 rear. I'm looking at the possibility of sticking different tyre sizes on the same rims. I've done this before but what I need to know is how far can you go with each measurement (width and aspect ratio) when putting different sizes ...

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What’s caused sudden loss of tyre pressure?

MCN, 05 September 2012 12:14

Q. I recently changed my tyres just fine, but 300 miles later I was on my way home from work when the front went all soggy and it was obvious the front tyre had lost pressure. I limped to the nearest petrol station and sure enough, it was down to 15psi. Since then it has held pressure but I now ...

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Best track tyres for a Honda Fireblade

MCN, 08 August 2012 15:39

Q. I’m on my third track day using Bridgestone 016s on a Fireblade. I set the pressures at standard road pressure minus 2psi front and rear. But at the end of the day my tyres looked like I'd been accelerating really hard at lean with hot tyres, so they looked like they were tearing sideways. But I’m not really ragging ...

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Best sports-touring tyres for an R1100RT

MCN, 30 July 2012 14:37

Q. I am looking for sport touring tyres for a 1996 BMW R1100RT which has a rear size of 160/60 ZR 18. I’m rather taken by Metzeler Roadtec Z8 Interact that was recently tested.John Hagger, email A. There are still plenty of sports-touring tyres available in 160/60ZR18 rear size (with a 120/70ZR17 front on R1100RT). The tyres in our test a ...

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Best all-weather tyres for a Honda CBR600RR?

MCN, 25 July 2012 16:24

Q. I have just swapped my old Firestorm for a mint CBR600RR, but the problem that I have is with the rubber. I have used Dunlop Sportmaxes for years on the old sports tourer. But the 600RR is running the Bridgestone Battlax BT016, which do not seem to inspire me with confidence, especially in the wet. My friend has recommended ...

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Best tyres for a Suzuki GSX400

MCN, 09 July 2012 13:40

Q. I am having problems finding a pair of matching road tyres for my 1982 Suzuki GSX400. The front is a 90/90/19, the rear is a 110/90/17, if I have to mix brands what would be the best combination? GSX400, MCN forums A. You could stay matched if you went for Bridgestone’s BT45s. There’s a 110/90/17 tubed rear available, but ...

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Will WD40 damage tyres?

MCN, 25 June 2012 14:53

Q. My son can be a bit like Frank Spencer sometimes. When cleaning his chain he often gets WD40 all over his rear tyre, too. Despite me warning him not to, he declares: "It's OK, I clean it off afterwards!" Does it damage the rubber compound itself or not?Joe Perkins, London A. WD40 is a water dispersant, not a lubricant, ...

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Have my wheel weights been wrongly fitted?

MCN, 07 June 2012 17:36

Q. I have just had new Bridgestone tyres fitted to my Gold Wing by my local Honda dealer. The rear tyre has not got any weights and on the front they have put all the weights on one side, 2 x 10 and 3 x 5g making it a mess. Do you think they have been wrongly fitted to need ...

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