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How to secure your new bike

Q. I'll be getting my first bike next week, a 2010 Kawasaki ER-6F and I'm trying to work out what kind of security mechanisms to get. The bike will be kept overnight in a locked compound (I live in a block of flats, car park accessed via RFID fob) where there's a ground anchor and plenty of big metal U-shaped ...

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  • 21 September 2012

Best tyres for a BMW S1000RR?

I currently own a 2010 BMW S1000RR and will need to change the tyres soon. It has the stock Conti Sport Attacks at the moment, I am not too concerned about mileage as I use the bike socially when I have the time. I would like something for fairly fast road, sometimes wet, especially this summer, and the odd track ...

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  • 24 August 2012

Best sports-touring tyres for an R1100RT

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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  • 30 July 2012

How can I pep up my BMW R1200GS?

Q. I have an old 2004 BMW R1200GS. Recently I had a test ride on the latest model, which was a lot peppier to ride and felt much better for it. Having established that I am too weak-willed to go against my missus and spend the savings on a new bike I began wondering if I could stealthily improve my ...

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  • 30 July 2012

Can I derestrict a Honda Varadero 125?

Q. I have been riding for 47 years and am heading for retirement, so I want a bike that’s easy to push around, that I can ride all day and is cheap to run. I like the Honda 125 Varadero, but can it be derestricted as I do enjoy a bit of acceleration?Davidmdixon, MCN forums A. Anything is possible, but ...

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  • 25 July 2012

Road tyres for a Triumph Tiger 800XC

Q. What replacement tyres would you recommend for my Triumph 800 XC? I will only be using the bike on the road for weekend leisure trips and occasional long distance tours. They also need to be good in the wet. My current tyres are Bridgestone Battle Wings.Peitho, MCN forums A. Because of the Triumph’s 21” front wheel you can’t fit ...

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  • Tyres
  • 23 May 2012

Why is my Kawasaki VN800 Classic not starting?

I've had a Kawasaki VN800 Classic for over 15 months now, and it had been running beautifully every day until a few months ago when it would just not start on the button, clicking loudly instead. I checked the battery was good (it still is), so then thought it was the starter, so I took it off and checked it ...

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  • 11 January 2012

Best way to paint Hornet’s wheels

My wheels are looking a bit tatty on my Hornet and I’m considering spraying them myself. However the wheels take a lot of crap from the road and I am worried it won’t be durable.Cairnsie13, MCN forums Powder coating is more durable than conventional paints, but it’s harder to get a colour match. However, a reputable firm can usually get ...

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  • 11 January 2012

Aprilia RSV can't find neutral

I have a 2004 Aprilia RSV Factory on which it is impossible to select neutral when stopped. It is sometimes possible to slide it into neutral from second gear as you come to a halt, but at a standstill? No way.Roearn, MCN forums There’s no doubt that they can be pigs to get out of gear thanks to the gearbox design ...

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  • 17 November 2011

Cure for Honda CG125's juddering

When I’m slowing down on my Honda CG125 and I’m in third gear, then go down to second, when I slowly let out my clutch I get a fast juddering noise. It seems to do it more when cold. The chain tension is good and the bike has recently had new sprockets. Divetime, MCN forums CG125s should have their engine oil ...

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  • 27 September 2011

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