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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 tyres for a Yamaha R6

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 ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Tyres
  • 26 November 2012

How to change a front sprocket

Q. I want to raise the gearing on my 1997 Bandit 600 by changing the front sprocket. What's the best way of getting it off and torqueing it back up correctly again?vmcpakmcn, MCN forums A. Such a vital part of a bike is securely fixed with a high torque setting, threadlock and a tab washer, too, so the best way ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 26 November 2012

My Honda VFR750 won’t rev past 6000rpm

Q. My Honda VFR750FR revs and runs well in the first four gears, but struggles in fifth and sixth to get past 6000pm. It also backfires – especially at low revs. I've changed the fuel filters and air filter and the fuel pump is OK.Dr Gregory Haddock, email A. With 18 years under its belt chances are the rubber hoses ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 26 November 2012

Why won’t Bandit 1250S start on the button?

Q. My dad has a Suzuki Bandit 1250S on an ’07 plate and it's 50/50 whether it will start each time he thumbs the button. He's replaced the battery but it's not turning over at all.Suzuki Dude, MCN forums A. If the regulator/rectifier is behaving itself and all the fuses are in working order, take a look at the starter ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 26 November 2012

Best suspension upgrade for a GSX-R750?

Q. My GSX-R750 K2 is now 10 years old (obviously!) and has nearly 35,000 on the clock. Everything I read about 'suspension' says it will need replacing or refreshing after about 16,000 miles, so I can only assume mine is most certainly well past its best and I am riding around the ‘wear and tear' characteristics? I am considering new ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Suspension
  • 24 September 2012

Best tyres for a Kawasaki ZZR1400

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 ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Tyres
  • 24 September 2012

How do I clean my radiator?

Q. Is there a product or a process to clean aluminium radiators and oil coolers? You could eat your dinner off the rest of my bike but these get covered in crap and corrosion. It can't be good for their efficiency and looks naff. Pressure washing is going to flatten the fins and over-aggressive chemicals could be a bad idea ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 21 September 2012

Can I put different sized tyres on my rim?

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 ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Tyres
  • 21 September 2012

Are aftermarket throttle grips any good?

Q. Riding home tonight I was aware of a slight twinge in my throttle hand (nothing major) which set me wondering about my grips and the angle of the clip-ons. It feels like I was gripping (not tightly) almost entirely with the bit between thumb and forefinger and I wondered if the palm of the hand should be more involved ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 21 September 2012

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