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Video: How to take your helmet on and off without undoing the D-ring

Consumer Editor Tony Hoare lets us in on the little known secret of taking your helmet on and off without undoing the D-ring.

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Helmets
  • 31 May 2013

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 ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Tyres
  • 30 July 2012

Best sports-touring tyre for a Triumph Speed Triple

Q. Can you tell me what the best sports-touring tyre for a 2011 Triumph Speed Triple is? The last tyres were Metzeler Racetec Interacts that I got 3500 miles out of. I’d like some rubber that will get me 7-8000 miles from a rear tyre as I am a very careful rider.Iangrm99, MCN forums A. Triumph fitted the Racetecs as ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Tyres
  • 02 April 2012

How long will my helmet last?

Q. My crash helmet is a few years old but remains very comfortable. It was in absolutely tip-top condition until it rolled off the petrol tank a little while ago onto the petrol station forecourt’s concrete floor. I really don't want to buy another one unless I have to, but how do I know if it’s beyond help?Neil Thomas, email ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Helmets
  • 02 February 2012

Best tyres for a Harley-Davidson Fat Boy?

The Dunlop D407 200/55 x 17 rear will soon need replacing on my 2008 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy after 6000 miles and the front D408F 140/75 x 17 is almost as worn. Should I replace with the same or is there now something better? Do I need to do both at the same time?Tony Cook, email First of all, as with ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Tyres
  • 11 January 2012

How often should I change oil on supercharged Hayabusa?

Q. I just splashed the cash with TTS on a Rotrex supercharger for my second generation Hayabusa and it’s gone on pretty well in about a day. Just a bit of a fiddle with the modified headers out of cylinders three and four. But with 300 horses and 160ftlb of torque on tap now I am not sure how often ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 20 July 2011

Sticky BMW K75RT throttle grip

Q. I currently own a 1992 BMW K75RT. It has just failed its MoT on one single point. The throttle grip does not return to tickover when released. I have taken the handlebar mechanism apart and it is all working freely. I have greased it with light grease. If I pull the inner cable out it goes back quite freely ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 04 July 2011

FJ1200 fuel cut-off woes

Can you help me with a fuel reserve cut-off problem on my 1986 Yamaha FJ1200 please? The fuel tap solenoid appears to be faulty and it cuts off the fuel supply when there’s still lots of fuel in the tank, even though the fuel switch on the fairing is switched to reserve. I've checked my Haynes manual and established that ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 14 June 2011

Best tyres for a Triumph Daytona 675

I’ve just acquired a 2006 Daytona 675 fitted with old Dunlop Sportmax D208s which don't inspire confidence. I used Pirelli Diablo Corsas on a 2000 Blade, which worked well. Would you recommend the same for the 675 or are there better options? My riding is short quick weekend blasts and possibly a track day or two.Willshere, MCN forums The Daytona came ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Tyres
  • 14 June 2011

Best coolant for a Honda CBF600

I’ve a 2008 Honda CBF600 and I need to refill it with coolant. The manual says it should be 50/50 antifreeze and distilled water, but I can’t get antifreeze at this time of year. What type of coolant already mixed can I use?Jd67, MCN forums  Just pop to any motor factors and ask for some that's suitable for an aluminium ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 18 May 2011

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