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How to secure your new bike

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MCN, 21 September 2012 17:01

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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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

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

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

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

Honda Hornet 600's surprise backfire

Yesterday, when I went to start up my 1998 Honda Hornet 600, I got a massive backfire. It’s never happened before and I’m wondering if it’s anything to worry about (damaging valves, etc)? The bike ran fine afterwards, in fact it felt smoother. But I don’t know if that’s because I have changed the oil or it’s just in my ...

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  • 08 September 2011

Why are my bulbs blowing?

Q. I replaced a bulb for the speedo on my, but when I was on my way home from work late this evening I accelerated hard to overtake a car on the slip road and join the motorway, and shortly after my tail (and brake) light, indicators and whole dash went out! I travelled about 13 miles down the motorway ...

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  • 30 August 2011

Yamaha YBR125 clutch problem

Q. Just recently my YBR125 has started mucking around when it comes to shifting up from first to second. It will eventually go into gear, but only after several de-clutchings and an embarrassing 30 seconds on the road. All the other changes are OK, up and down the range. It feels like I haven’t pulled the clutch in, yet occasionally ...

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  • 30 August 2011

Why's my FZ1 rear brake useless?

Q. The rear brake on my Yamaha FZ1 is useless. I told my local Yamaha dealer when they had it for its 12,000-mile service and afterwards they said it was OK. They said the pads looked almost new (they would do as they don't do anything). On anything other than level ground I have to hold the bike and pull ...

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  • 04 August 2011

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