Choosing kit

  • Helmet review: Shoei XR-1100

    23 July 2010 by Trevor Franklin

    Helmet review: Shoei XR-1100

    Shoei XR-1100 helmet, £299 (plain colours), £379 (graphics) Miles covered/time: 18,000/nine months What’s good? The sales assistant’s golden rule for buying a crash helmet is: If you’ve a ten-bob head...

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  • How to fix broken electronic screen

    22 July 2010 by MCN

    How to fix broken electronic screen

    Q. I have a 1999 BMW R1100RT with an electric screen. The screen gets stuck in its highest position every now and again, but it sorts itself out each time. Unfortunately it has happened again and is...

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  • GSX-R's neutral light disappears

    22 July 2010 by MCN

    GSX-R's neutral light disappears

    Q. I have owned a Suzuki GSX-R750 K8 for 13 months. Two months into owning the bike it developed problems with the gear and neutral indicator display. To date the bike has been in and out of my Suzuki...

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  • Best all-round sports tyre

    22 July 2010 by MCN

    Best all-round sports tyre

    Q. I bought a Suzuki GSX-R750 K5 about three months ago and I’m coming to the point where I need some new tyres. I am currently running Michelin Pilot 2CTs which feel really good under me, but I...

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  • How to check for warped discs

    12 July 2010 by MCN

    How to check for warped discs

    Q. When I brake quite hard between 80-40mph on my CBR600FS I feel a pulsing up to the brake lever. Save £££s on motorcycle brakes I have checked the discs they don't seem to be warped and I have new...

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  • Best tyres for a 4000-mile Alpine tour

    12 July 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Best tyres for a 4000-mile Alpine tour

    I'm doing a 4000-mile tour round central Europe in August and I need a new set of rubber before I go. What should I use on my Bandit? It will be a mix between motorways and Alpine roads and will last...

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  • Does ZXR suspension need an overhaul?

    12 July 2010 by MCN

    Does ZXR suspension need an overhaul?

    Q. I've just got a very keenly priced ZXR750 dating from the early ’90s but the handling seems very choppy no matter what I do to the rear suspension. Save cash on motorcycle suspension I didn't get...

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  • Are my wheel bearings shot?

    12 July 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Are my wheel bearings shot?

    Fellhopper: My GSX-R750 K2 has just developed a 'droning' noise from the front end (wheel?) it does it in all gears at speed and also with the clutch pulled in 'coasting'. I have just solved one noise...

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  • Web wisdom: Proper coolant for a ZX-6R

    06 July 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Web wisdom: Proper coolant for a ZX-6R

    jonboymp: Guys, I have a 2009 ZX-6R. It needs a drop of coolant, what should I use? The normal car stuff from Halfords? Can anyone point me in the right direction? triumphrider600: Nooooooo. Bikes use...

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  • Power Commander fuel map for Bandit 1250

    06 July 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Power Commander fuel map for Bandit 1250

    I have a Power Commander and Akrapovic slip-on exhaust fitted to my Suzuki Bandit 1250 but it isn’t running cleanly and I can't see the correct download map on the Dynojet website. Ralph Heggs,...

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  • What happens when I remove exhaust baffles?

    01 July 2010 by Marc Abbott

    What happens when I remove exhaust baffles?

    I have just purchased a new GSX-R1000 K7 with dealer fitted Arrow cans with removable baffles. Can you please tell me whether it would harm the bike if I removed them. I have also read in the Arrow...

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  • How to troubleshoot a Power Commander

    30 June 2010 by MCN

    How to troubleshoot a Power Commander

    Q. I have a Dynojet Power Commander III USB on my GSX-R750, but when I try to connect it to the control centre software on my computer the software says "No Power Commander Connected". What am I doing...

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  • How to make a Superduke less twitchy

    30 June 2010 by MCN

    How to make a Superduke less twitchy

    Q. I’ve just bought a 2007 KTM Superduke with 5000 miles on the clock after owning a 2005 Kawasaki ZX-10R. All the reviews say the handling is perfect and near superbike level, but when I up the pace...

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  • Why aren't my cooling fans working?

    22 June 2010 by MCN

    Why aren't my cooling fans working?

    Q. I'm having trouble with my 2000 MV Agusta F4. The cooling fans aren't coming on when the engine gets hot (105 degrees). I've checked the fuse and that's OK, I'm not too sure where to look next.

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  • Can I rethread a sump?

    22 June 2010 by MCN

    Q. When I changed the oil on my GSX-R750 K2 last time I managed to overtighten the sump plug so I felt the thread giving a bit. I was using a torque wrench too. I have just changed the oil again today and fine bits of 'thread' came out of the sump thread as I removed the plug! Have I now screwed up the sump or is there a way of re-threading it? I managed to re-fit the sump plug but it was hard to...

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  • Best tyres for less-than-spirited riding

    22 June 2010 by MCN

    Best tyres for less-than-spirited riding

    Q. My girlfriend has just returned to biking after a long lay-off and at present I’m doing 95% of my riding with her. Save cash on motorcycle tyres It's great and she's rapidly building confidence...

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  • Kit review: Hein Gericke Milan jacket

    17 June 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Kit review: Hein Gericke Milan jacket

    Hein Gericke Milan jacket, £149.99 Miles covered/time: 1000/two months What’s good? Many people, those who ride and those who don’t, have commented that it doesn’t look like a bike jacket. I think...

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  • How to extract stuck VTR brake pins

    15 June 2010 by MCN

    How to extract stuck VTR brake pins

    jdw1964: I can't seem to get the pin out that holds the pads in on the front brakes of a 2002 Honda VTR1000. Is there a special tool or can you use a normal screwdriver? It doesn’t seem to want to...

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  • Best tyres for a Multistrada 1100S

    15 June 2010 by MCN

    Best tyres for a Multistrada 1100S

    Q. I'm hoping you can help me with some advice on tyres. I recently bought an ’08 Multistrada 1100S and I need to put some new tyres on it. The Metzeler Z6 looks to be a good, if slightly expensive...

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  • Respraying your bike? Who to inform...

    15 June 2010 by MCN

    Respraying your bike? Who to inform...

    Q. I am getting my bike resprayed in a different colour. I know I have to change the logbook, but how do I go about getting the MoT certificate changed? Olly Heggs, Redditch   A. As you say, you...

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  • Will my headlamp fail an MoT?

    15 June 2010 by MCN

    Will my headlamp fail an MoT?

    Q. I took my 1997 Honda RC45 RS down for its annual MoT and the tester said that I had a “problem” with the headlamps, that the dip beam was “flat” with no “break off” to light the pavement etc. He...

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  • Advice: Are my tyres causing vibrations?

    09 June 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Advice: Are my tyres causing vibrations?

    I have a 2000 Honda Varadero 1000 with only 7000 miles on and it’s developed a vibration. I've checked the tyre pressures and they are spot on. I have slackened the chain off a bit more, but to no...

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  • Tight FireBlade chain is causing problems

    02 June 2010 by MCN

    Tight FireBlade chain is causing problems

    Q. I have a '97 Honda Fireblade RRV. In May I rode up to the BMF Rally two-up but I didn't realise that the chain was running too tight over bumps and when accelerating. It's now making a 'clattery'...

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  • Chinese 125 carb problems

    02 June 2010 by MCN

    Chinese 125 carb problems

    Q. I own a Sukida SK125-4 Commissioner (it's Chinese), which if it's not careful is going to be turned into coke cans as it's doing my head in. The problem is that when I go for a run and its warm it...

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  • Why is my R1200GS front disc pulsing?

    02 June 2010 by MCN

    Why is my R1200GS front disc pulsing?

    Q. I recently took my pride and joy R1200GS to my local BMW garage for its 6000-mile service. I asked them to investigate a front brake pulsing at low speed. Now I had a Tiger that did exactly the...

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  • If in doubt, change your tyres

    02 June 2010 by MCN

    If in doubt, change your tyres

    Q. I have returned to motorcycling after a 48-year break and my bike is a 1990 Yamaha XV535 which is very pleasant to ride -­ even with the gearlever on the left! But on some road surfaces the...

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  • Suspension set-up for a 2002 CBR600F

    25 May 2010 by MCN

    Suspension set-up for a 2002 CBR600F

    Q. What suspension settings are best for solo riding on a CBR600F, 2002 model? I weigh 88kg in full riding kit and ride on the road with the odd track day. I also carry a pillion and luggage a couple...

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  • Can I get new wheels under warranty?

    25 May 2010 by MCN

    Can I get new wheels under warranty?

    Q. At the weekend, while cleaning my 2010 Kawasaki GTR1400, I noticed the rear wheel was bent on the right-hand side of the rim, where you’d expect to place a tyre lever. Save £££s on motorcycle...

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  • How to set up a GSX-R's Power Commander

    25 May 2010 by MCN

    How to set up a GSX-R's Power Commander

    Q. I have owned my GSX-R1000 K2 from new and had the obligatory Power Commander, air filter and exhaust fitted soon after getting the bike. I have never had any problems with the installation of these...

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