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How to change a front sprocket

MCN, 26 November 2012 15:37

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 ...

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My Honda VFR750 won’t rev past 6000rpm

MCN, 26 November 2012 15:24

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 ...

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

MCN, 26 November 2012 14:39

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 ...

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How do I clean my radiator?

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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Are aftermarket throttle grips any good?

MCN, 21 September 2012 17:07

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 ...

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How to secure your new bike

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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Why is my GS750 hissing?

MCN, 05 September 2012 15:00

Q. I have an old Suzuki GS750 and it’s running very sweetly since I cleaned and synced the carbs, but it's just developed a bit of a hissing sound (in time with the engine) from the front of the engine somewhere around the carbs or cam cover along with a smell of petrol when it's running. Is this more likely ...

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Does my Honda Hornet have a radiator fan?

MCN, 05 September 2012 14:42

Q. I'm wondering if my Honda Hornet 600 has a radiator fan. When I went on the recent Plymouth Megaride with 4000 bikes my bike was right up in the red on the temperature gauge. I had to keep turning it off at every chance so it didn't overheat, however everyone else seemed to be OK. The coolant has been ...

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How do I tell my SV’s bearing are shot?

MCN, 05 September 2012 14:00

Q. My 10-year-old SV650 is coming up to new tyre time and I was told to watch out for wheel bearing seals and spacers with high mileage bikes. The thing is, I don't actually know what I'm looking for when they're on the way out!Jmccomas, MCN forums A. On most bikes the axles are steel and fit snugly into the ...

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Will a loud horn cause MoT failure?

MCN, 05 September 2012 12:54

Q. I am just wondering if there are any MoT or legal issues with a Steibel Nautilus horn that pumps out 139 decibels? My existing horn is fading slightly and I lost count of just how many people pulled out in front of me today – twice very dangerously in front of cops, who did bugger all.Philtheidiot, MCN forums A. ...

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