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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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Why is my air filter covered in fuel?

MCN, 24 April 2012 13:33

Q. The fuel on my Kawasaki ER-5 is flowing straight through into the air filter box and it sounds like it is only firing on one cylinder, too.Quilley, MCN forums A. The ER-5 has a vacuum tap which uses a diaphragm sucked open by a vacuum via a thin black pipe from one of the inlet manifolds to allow fuel ...

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Cure for Kawasaki Zephyr's fuel problems

MCN, 15 December 2011 11:26

Q. I have a Kawasaki Zephyr 750 which has not been run very much since summer 2010. When I triedstarting it about a month ago, it was very reluctant to fire up, but would just about run OK. I decided to drain the tank and fill it with new fuel, but, having noticed that the rubbers between the carburettors and ...

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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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Is my NTV's fuel system causing rough running?

Marc Abbott, 06 July 2010 16:26

My Honda NTV650 93 model is running rough at idle and at speed it has a lot of vibration from the engine. I have put some carb cleaner though the tank for three tanks of petrol and it has helped the pick-up of the engine. It used to have a real bad flat spot between 3500-6000rpm but that’s now gone, ...

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Technical advice: Stop your bike backfiring

Chris Dabbs, 01 May 2009 16:23

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. Mh Honda VT750C Ace has had a backfiring problem for the 3000 miles I’ve owned it. All Bran sorted a similar personal problem and I was wondering if you had a cure? It runs ...

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Bike accessory advice: Aftermarket indicators

Chris Dabbs, 09 April 2009 16:40

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I have cracked a front indicator on my Yamaha R6 and I want to know whether I can fit a set of aftermarket flush-mounted indicators instead. Is it legal to use side repeaters and does ...

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Bike accessories advice: ACF50

Chris Dabbs, 13 February 2009 13:21

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. A number of weeks ago I spotted an article in your weekly edition singing the praises of an aviation based oil type film used to protect all external body/chassis  parts. Stupidly I did not ...

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