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How do I clean my radiator?

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MCN, 21 September 2012 17:17

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 ...

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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 ...

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  • 21 September 2012

Why is my air filter covered in fuel?

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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  • 24 April 2012

Best tyres for a CCM FT35

Q. I have a CCM FT35-S, the 400cc Suzuki-engined supermoto with a 120/70 x 17 front tyre and a 150/70 x 17 rear. What choices do I have in replacement rubber?Nick Scarr, email A. First off, the correct size on the back is a 150/60 x 17, and there are several good choices for lighter bikes in these sizes, but ...

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  • 20 January 2012

Suzuki Hayabusa's hot start issue

Q. I have a 1999 Hayabusa with a hot start problem. It starts fine when cold and on choke, and also when hot if you start straight away after stopping, such as after fuelling up. The problems start if it’s left for 20 minutes or so; the engine turns over fine but it will not start. I can smell fuel ...

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  • 30 November 2011

Yamaha YBR 125's revs won't drop

I bought a 2005 Yamaha YBR125 privately few weeks ago, it didn’t tick over very well then but I thought it just needed a good service. It starts OK but after it’s warmed up and ready, if you throttle on and off the revs hang up at 3000rpm for a few seconds then slowly down drop down to a tickover ...

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  • 17 November 2011

Video: How to fix a puncture using the Gryyp Turn & Go

This step-by-step video shows you how to fix a punctured motorcycle tyre using the Gryyp Turn & Go puncture repair kit.   brightcove.createExperiences();

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  • 26 September 2011

Is Honda CG125 chain over-tight?

Q. When I spin the back tyre of my Honda CG125 in neutral I can hear a rumble and sometimes when I change down gears and don’t blip the throttle to match engine speed I get a “clanking” noise like the chain is slipping on the sprocket. I have set the chain tension to 20mm on the centrestand as it ...

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  • 09 August 2011

Why does my Triumph TT600 cut out?

Q. I have a 2002 Triumph TT600 with 20,000 miles on the clock. I'm having intermittent issues with it cutting out. The bike will start fine to begin with, but cuts out mid-ride. When it does this the engine management light can be seen to continuously flicker and the main power relay can be heard flicking on and off rapidly. ...

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  • 13 July 2011

Honda Varadero ignition problem

My 2009 Honda Varadero 1000cc has an intermittent random fault that happens maybe once a day or once a week or several times a day.When I switch the ignition on, the light comes on, but there's no fuel pump noise and the light stays on. When I push the starter the engine doesn't fire. If I turn it off, take ...

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  • 29 March 2011

Bandit’s speedo goes blank

Q. I have a Suzuki Bandit 1250SA which is just coming up for three years old. It has developed an intermittent problem in that the speedo can go blank, though it is still backlit, and the rev counter will jam in red or return to zero and act up. I thought it could be dampness somewhere in electrics and have ...

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  • 11 January 2011

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