Choosing kit (Jan - Dec 2011)

  • Best tyres for a Derbi Terra Adventure

    19 December 2011 by MCN

    Best tyres for a Derbi Terra Adventure

    Q. What rear tyre would you recommend for a 2011 Derbi Terra Adventure 125. The rear is a 130/90 x 17 and the front is a 90/90 x 21. Newbiker1, MCN forums A. Continental Escapes are a really good...

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  • Best rear hugger for a KTM SMT

    19 December 2011 by MCN

    Best rear hugger for a KTM SMT

    Q. Some time ago Trevor Franklin did a long-term test on a KTM 990SMT. I’m using my bike for the winter months getting to work and I remember Trevor saying that he fitted a new rear hugger. He said it...

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  • Best flip-front helmet with sun visor

    19 December 2011 by MCN

    Best flip-front helmet with sun visor

    Q. I'm looking for a new full-face helmet but fancy one with an internal sun visor. I know a few of the flip front types have them but I don't want the extra weight. Motorcycle helmets for sale. Money...

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  • Why are my ZZR1200's brakes sqealing?

    19 December 2011 by MCN

    Why are my ZZR1200's brakes sqealing?

    Q. I have recently purchased a Kawasaki ZZR1200. I'm very pleased with it, but I have one annoying problem – the front brake squeals under light operation. I have removed the calipers, and the pistons...

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  • Best all-weather tyres for a Honda CBR600F

    15 December 2011 by MCN

    Best all-weather tyres for a Honda CBR600F

    Q. I bought an N-plate Honda CBR600F six months ago with Michelin Pilot 1s fitted that arejust about done after 5000 miles and three track days. I will be using the bike mainly for summer riding and a...

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  • Is rattling exhaust sapping power?

    15 December 2011 by MCN

    Is rattling exhaust sapping power?

    Q. My son's Piaggio NRG scooter has lost power. It used to do 50, now it does 26mph at 7000rpm. It does not sound the same as his mate’s NRG and when I took the exhaust off something is rattling...

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  • Why won't my Honda CBX750 run properly?

    15 December 2011 by MCN

    Why won't my Honda CBX750 run properly?

    Q. I've just got an ’86-reg Honda CBX750, it had blowing header pipes which I’ve fixed. My problem is that when I try to ride it after letting it warm up the middle two cylinders splutter then cut...

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  • Cure for Kawasaki Zephyr's fuel problems

    15 December 2011 by MCN

    Cure for Kawasaki Zephyr's fuel problems

    Q. I have a Kawasaki Zephyr 750 which has not been run very much since summer 2010. When I triedstarting it about a month ago, it was very reluctant to fire up, but would just about run OK. I decided...

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  • Best tyres for a Kawasaki GTR1400

    07 December 2011 by MCN

    Best tyres for a Kawasaki GTR1400

    Q. I have been on a GSX-R1000 for the past two years, but now as my wife wants to travel further afield we are changing to a Kawasaki GTR1400. Which tyres can I fit to get the most grip and feel? I’m...

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  • Why is my Bandit 1250's exhaust popping?

    07 December 2011 by MCN

    Why is my Bandit 1250's exhaust popping?

    Q. I bought my 2008 Suzuki Bandit 1250SA new and I like everything except the massive end can. I replaced this with a twin outlet road legal can from Banditmania which looks and sounds great. The...

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  • How do I replace Suzuki SV650's radiator?

    07 December 2011 by MCN

    How do I replace Suzuki SV650's radiator?

    Q. While waiting for my shoulder to heal after a smash I took the radiator off my SV and got it repaired. What do I need to know about putting it back on? Is it as simple as stick it back on and fill...

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  • Is petrol damaging my 20-year-old bike?

    07 December 2011 by MCN

    Is petrol damaging my 20-year-old bike?

    Q. I've just seen an advertisement for a product that will protect motorcycle engines made before 1996 from damage that will, according to them, result from use of petrol containing ethanol. I have a...

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  • Wrong pressures on Honda CBF600 tyres

    30 November 2011 by MCN

    Wrong pressures on Honda CBF600 tyres

    Q. I have been using my Honda CBF600 for six months. I had got it into my head that the front tyre pressure was 42psi, which has always seemed fine. The other day I went to check the pressures and the...

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  • Where's my GSX-R600's engine braking gone?

    30 November 2011 by MCN

    Where's my GSX-R600's engine braking gone?

    Q. I’ve noticed the engine braking on my 10,000-mile GSX-R600 K5 has severely decreased when I roll off the throttle and I can quite happily ride round at 10mph with no throttle at all and the clutch...

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  • How to store a bike over winter

    30 November 2011 by MCN

    How to store a bike over winter

    Q. I own a 2010 Honda VFR800. My bike is used most of the year but could be off the road for a couple of months in bad weather. It is garaged and has a battery conditioner fitted. Can I do any form of...

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  • Suzuki Hayabusa's hot start issue

    30 November 2011 by MCN

    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...

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  • Best tyres for a BMW K1600GT

    23 November 2011 by MCN

    Best tyres for a BMW K1600GT

    Q. I love my BMW K1600GT but I have struggled to get a decent mileage from the OE tyres. On my best behaviour I can get 3500 miles tops, but I want to get it above 4000 miles otherwise a big trip...

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  • Best winter battery care

    23 November 2011 by MCN

    Best winter battery care

    Q. I am going to need to take my BMW F800R off the road over the winter and would like some advice on how best to look after the battery. I cannot fit a trickle charger as there is no electricity...

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  • Oil light mystery on 2004 Yamaha R6

    23 November 2011 by MCN

    Oil light mystery on 2004 Yamaha R6

    Q. I have an ’04 Yamaha R6, and on cold mornings the oil light comes on for about 30 seconds after I have been riding for a couple of minutes. When the bike has done about three or four miles or when...

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  • Yamaha YBR 125's revs won't drop

    17 November 2011 by MCN

    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...

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  • Aprilia RSV can't find neutral

    17 November 2011 by MCN

    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...

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  • Is Honda CBR125 output shaft safe?

    12 October 2011 by MCN

    Is Honda CBR125 output shaft safe?

    Q. While fitting a new chain and sprockets to my son’s 2007 Honda CBR125R I noticed that the engine output shaft could be moved in and out by about 1-2mm. Is this normal on this model? A. Don’t panic...

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  • Tyres for a Kawasaki VN1600 Classic

    05 October 2011 by MCN

    Tyres for a Kawasaki VN1600 Classic

    I am trying to source a rear tyre for my Kawasaki VN1600 Classic, a 170/70 x 16 Bridgestone G722. I have trolled through pages of Google search, but have been unable to locate one. I have just put on...

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  • What's causing Sprint ST's starting problem?

    27 September 2011 by MCN

    What's causing Sprint ST's starting problem?

    I have a 2005 Triumph Sprint ST 1050 with a seemingly random starter problem. Sometimes it will turn over, but that’s it. Then the next day it works fine. The dealer has swapped the plugs over and...

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  • Can I fit mismatched tyres to my Fazer?

    27 September 2011 by MCN

    Can I fit mismatched tyres to my Fazer?

    The front Dunlop Sportmax on my Yamaha FZ6 Fazer is getting due for replacement and I’d like a reasonably priced new tyre that would suit. The rear tyre is also a Sportmax but has lots of life...

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  • Cure for Honda CG125's juddering

    27 September 2011 by MCN

    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...

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  • Why are my Hayabusa's brakes clicking?

    26 September 2011 by MCN

    Why are my Hayabusa's brakes clicking?

    I changed the front pads on my Hayabusa recently, but now after hitting the brakes I keep hearing an annoying ‘clicking’ sound like something is touching the brake discs. I took it back to the...

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  • Best tyres for a Suzuki B-King

    20 September 2011 by MCN

    Best tyres for a Suzuki B-King

    Q. I’m looking for the best all-round tyres for my Suzuki B-King. On the web forums a lot of people are changing from the 200/50 rear to a 190/55, saying you get better turn in. Plus there is more...

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