Choosing kit (Jan - Dec 2009)

  • Tyre advice: 16.5inch wheels for road bikes

    03 January 2010 by Chris Dabbs

    Tyre advice: 16.5inch wheels for road bikes

    Q. I have been offered a set of 16.5in Dymags for the right money for my GSX-R1000 K5. Getting race tyres is not a problem and I can get treads cut in them. I thought I heard a rumour about tyre...

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  • Kit review: Arai SZ Ram

    31 December 2009 by Simon Relph

    Kit review: Arai SZ Ram

    Arai SZ Ram 111, £324.99 (from £299.99 on MCN shop) Tester: Simon Relph Miles covered/time: 2800/Nine months What’s good? The SZ Ram 111 is the update to my old SZ/F which has unfortunately passed...

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  • Kit Review: Dannisport X2 Racer leathers, £399

    31 December 2009 by Samuel Pinney

    Kit Review: Dannisport X2 Racer leathers, £399

    Dannisport X2 Racer leathers, £399 Tester: Samuel Pinney Miles covered/time: 1000/one month What’s good? I tested them on the Reclaim Wales protest rally, so I wore them constantly between 7am and...

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  • Could my exhaust fail an MoT for noise?

    23 December 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Could my exhaust fail an MoT for noise?

    Q. I've been finding it difficult to find out what the current law is regarding motorcycle noise levels. Can you help? Save £££s on motorcycle exhausts My MoT test centre told me it is now 'lax' and...

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  • How to cure a ZZR1100 wheel wobble

    23 December 2009 by MCN

    How to cure a ZZR1100 wheel wobble

    Beaconsman: I¹ve been fixing up my ZZR11 on a tight budget this year and I have an issue with the rear wheel. The bearings are OK, but when assembled, the sprocket and cush drive move quite a lot. A...

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  • Best tyres for a Suzuki Hayabusa

    23 December 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Best tyres for a Suzuki Hayabusa

    Q. I've owned a 2005 Suzuki Hayabusa from new and I've been using Michelin Pilot Sport HPXs which were great. When I was in France in the summer I got a puncture in the rear so I got a Suzuki dealer...

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  • What's the best tyre for year-round riding?

    16 December 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    What's the best tyre for year-round riding?

    Q. As I commute through winter on my bike, I'm interested in fitting a rear tyre that will cope with all the rain, slush and snow and still give decent grip when the weather is fine. I've got the OE...

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  • What's the best track day rubber?

    16 December 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    What's the best track day rubber?

    Q. I'm gearing up for next year's track days already and I'm looking for some fresh rubber. I've used Pirelli Super Corsa Pros but my supplier is suggesting the Bridgestone 003s which are cheaper too.

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  • Benefits of changing brakes lines

    16 December 2009 by Chris Dabbs

    Benefits of changing brakes lines

    Q. When I replace the brake lines on my Yamaha FJR1300 is there any benefit (apart from cost) in braking function or performance to change the set-up from a single line splitting with a Y-piece into...

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  • Can't see anything

    10 December 2009 by committed

    I once had a 2 day green laning adventure in the Welsh mountains in snow. I had absolutely no problem keeping warm because of the amount of work I had to do to stay on the bike, but my goggles kept steaming up. When you ride slower your breath has more effect upon what happens to the inside of your helmet. So I smear a small amount washing up liquid onto the inside of my visor if I'm anticipating...

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  • Tyre advice: Tyres for longevity

    08 December 2009 by MCN

    Tyre advice: Tyres for longevity

    Q. I need to replace the Bridgestone BT-021 on my Honda VFR800 VTEC. I ride all year and in all conditions but I'm not bothered too much about out-and-out grip ­ more about mileage. What would you...

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  • How to stop your padlocks frosting up

    08 December 2009 by MCN

    How to stop your padlocks frosting up

    Ginnelli: Hi. What is the best way to prevent padlocks from freezing up? Last year I had matching padlocks on my garage door and back gate. When I went to open the gate the key just snapped clean in...

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  • How to tell if your tyres are past it

    08 December 2009 by Marc Abbott

    How to tell if your tyres are past it

    Q. My Honda CBR400RR has had the same tyres on it for at least three years, possibly even longer than that. I have Bridgestone Battlax front and rear and they have more than enough tread to see me...

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  • Vapour blasting, the easy way

    08 December 2009 by Simon Relph

    Vapour blasting, the easy way

    I recently bought a Bultaco Sherpa T, my dream bike. But because it was in quite tatty condition I had the opportunity to add a few personal touches, like paint. I decided the colourscheme would be...

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  • MCN stocking fillers: Bike Havoc DVD

    07 December 2009 by Marc Abbott

    MCN stocking fillers: Bike Havoc DVD

    This DVD features over 160 crashes with action from various on and off-road bikesports including GPs, drag racing, the Le Touquet and Southport beach races, trials and the Paris Dakar rally.

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  • Just £45 for expert suspension set-up!

    02 December 2009 by Mykel Nicolaou

    Just £45 for expert suspension set-up!

    MCN's Mykel Nicolaou recently took a trip to Harris Performance to sort out his ill-handling Monster. Save £££s on motorcycle suspension parts What he found was surprising, but nowhere near as...

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  • Ped finds the perfect exhausts for his XLV750R

    18 November 2009 by Ped Baker

    Ped finds the perfect exhausts for his XLV750R

    Alldens exhausts (01673-862286) are based less than 60 miles from where I live. They're a business specialising in custom motorcycle exhausts. I discovered them through some work they'd done with our...

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  • Top tweaks for Suzuki GSX-R1000

    18 November 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Top tweaks for Suzuki GSX-R1000

    MCN's Michael Guy has been running a 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 this year. Here are his top tips on how to make a great bike even better: Save cash on motorcycle products Video: Suzuki GSX-R1000 longterm...

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  • Supertrapp exhausts for Ped's XLV750R

    11 November 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Supertrapp exhausts for Ped's XLV750R

    Deputy editor Ped Baker has just treated his money-pit XLV to a set of new Supertrapps. Here's what he says about them... "I've always loved the sound of Supertrapp silencers (www.supertrapp.com) ever...

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  • Streetfighter gets Termi treatment

    11 November 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Streetfighter gets Termi treatment

    MCN's Michael Neeves has fitted new Termignoni exhausts to his Ducati Streetfighter. Here's what he has to say about them... "Finally, my Streetfighter now sounds as good as it looks, thanks to the...

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  • Best tyres for wet weather grip

    04 November 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Best tyres for wet weather grip

    As I commute through winter on my bike, I'm interested in fitting a rear tyre that will cope with all the rain, slush and snow and still give decent grip when the weather is fine. Save £££s on...

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