Choosing kit

  • How to extract a GT550’s rear shocks

    18 May 2010 by MCN

    How to extract a GT550’s rear shocks

    Q. I’ve bought myself a project bike – a 1988 Kawasaki GT550. It was completely dead but everyone’s help on the MCN forums has got it through the MoT, so firstly thanks to all. I now have a bit of a...

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  • Correct chain tension for a GS500

    18 May 2010 by MCN

    Correct chain tension for a GS500

    Q. I had a new chain fitted to my Suzuki GS500 by a bike shop and when I came to pick it up, there was 20mm of slack with the bike leaning on the sidestand. That reduced to just 1-2mm when the...

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  • Best tyres for a Honda CBR600F

    18 May 2010 by MCN

    Best tyres for a Honda CBR600F

    Q. I have a Honda CBR600F on a 54-plate which I ride only in the dry for between half or a full day, racking up 3-4000 miles a year in a mix of ‘touring’ and ‘sport’ mode. What tyre would you...

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  • Which oil for my Firestorm?

    11 May 2010 by Chris Dabbs

    Which oil for my Firestorm?

    What oil would you suggest I should use in my Honda Firestorm? Fully synthetic or semi-synthetic? The bike is a 1999 model with 14,000 miles on the clock. Martin Thomas, Salisbury   On a 14,000...

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  • Perfect tyre pressures for a loaded ZZR

    07 May 2010 by MCN

    Perfect tyre pressures for a loaded ZZR

    Q. I’m going to Germany at the end of May on a Kawasaki ZZR1100D with Givi luggage and a pillion and I’m wondering what tyre pressures I should run with the Avon Storms? I currently run 41psi front...

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  • How to clean a Speedfight head and barrel

    07 May 2010 by MCN

    How to clean a Speedfight head and barrel

    Q. I’ve just stripped down the head and barrel on my Peugeot Speedfight and the piston is coked up with black crap. What's the best way to clean it without damaging it? Fred1021, MCN forums   A.

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  • Diagnose a cush drive fault

    07 May 2010 by MCN

    Diagnose a cush drive fault

    Q. I have a 2005 Yamaha Dragstar 125 with 3000 miles on the clock and I have excessive free play in the drive system when throttling off. The engine goes from driving the bike to the bike driving the...

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  • How to extract a seized front wheel spindle

    05 May 2010 by MCN

    How to extract a seized front wheel spindle

    Assuming the spindle is seized to the bearings or the spacer between the bearings, remove the tyre, tube and rim tape then soak the wheel overnight in diesel or paraffin. If you have a stout leakproof...

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  • Why don't my VFR’s idiot lights work?

    27 April 2010 by MCN

    Why don't my VFR’s idiot lights work?

    Q. The idiot lights on my Honda VFR800 have started playing up. Sometimes neutral works, and then my digital clock goes on the blink for a couple of days before coming back again. Nick Langhorn, email...

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  • Is ride height making my bike steer slower?

    27 April 2010 by MCN

    Is ride height making my bike steer slower?

    Q. I do a lot of track days but I seem to have hit a brick wall when it comes to getting round fast corners quickly. Every time I up the pace on my R6 the bike misses the apex and runs wide appearing...

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  • Best tyres for a BMW K1300GT

    27 April 2010 by MCN

    Best tyres for a BMW K1300GT

    Q. I’m looking to replace the tyres on my BMW K1300GT. The ones currently fitted have a special “UU” rating for this bike. Save cash on motorcycle tyres BMW recommend Metzeler Z6, what do you...

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  • Tyres that inspire confidence...

    20 April 2010 by MCN

    Tyres that inspire confidence...

    Q. I intend replacing my tyres in the next few weeks and would appreciate some advice. Save £££s on motorcycle tyres The tyres fitted are Continentals, which came with the bike when I bought it; but...

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  • Indicator bulbs: handy tips

    20 April 2010 by MCN

    Indicator bulbs: handy tips

    Q. I wonder what the minimum wattage is for bike indicators, if there is one? Save cash on motorcycle lighting I have bought some new winkers for my Kawasaki 400 grey import and they're 10 watts,...

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  • How to diagnose clutch cable problem

    20 April 2010 by MCN

    How to diagnose clutch cable problem

    Q. The choke lever on my 2001 Yamaha 900 Diversion will only pull about a quarter of the way open. Not being too technically minded, and before I go stripping down unnecessarily, is it most likely to...

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  • Will crash bars fit my bike?

    20 April 2010 by MCN

    Will crash bars fit my bike?

    Q. I recently bought a black '59 plate Honda XL1000VA Varadero, and regrettably dropped it yesterday whilst parking it, causing about £150 worth of damage, I have decided to have crash bars...

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  • Product advice: How to get better Busa bulbs

    13 April 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Product advice: How to get better Busa bulbs

    I have a 1999 Suzuki Hayabusa and I wanted better lighting, so I changed the bulbs for 100 watt. The main beam is now less than useless no matter how I adjust it. It is just a diffused light with no...

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  • Boot review: Alpinestars Tech 2

    08 April 2010 by Ian Jubb

    Boot review: Alpinestars Tech 2

    Alpinestars Tech 2 boots, £159.99 Miles covered/time: 5000/two years What’s good? They might not be exactly the right thing to where on a road bike buy hey, I think they look pretty cool. Save £££s...

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  • Suspension set-up guide for Honda CBR600F

    07 April 2010 by MCN

    Suspension set-up guide for Honda CBR600F

    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 of...

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  • Suzuki GSX-R750 fuel pump fault

    07 April 2010 by MCN

    Suzuki GSX-R750 fuel pump fault

    Q. At the moment my Suzuki GSX-R750 K3 will rev through to redline without issue in first, but only to 8000rpm in any other gear if I give it a handful. If I feather the throttle as I accelerate I can...

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  • VFR reg/rec fault? It could be your chain

    07 April 2010 by MCN

    VFR reg/rec fault? It could be your chain

    Q. In a recent issue of MCN in the top ten most reliable motorcycle section relating to the Honda VFR800FI, you mention a rectifier problem. I have a 1999 VFR800FI and I have noticed for some time now...

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  • Perfect track day tyre pressures

    29 March 2010 by MCN

    Perfect track day tyre pressures

    Road tyres have to work from the minute they start rolling from the garage, when they are cold, so industry advice is to check the pressures when they are cool. How long they take to become cool after...

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  • How to clean titanium exhaust pipes

    29 March 2010 by MCN

    How to clean titanium exhaust pipes

    Every wondered what the experts say is the best method of cleaning your titanium pipes? Save £££s on motorcycle cleaners Quill exhausts reckon: “Give them a good wipe down with thinners, then spray...

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  • Want to be a suspension expert?

    29 March 2010 by MCN

    Want to be a suspension expert?

    Always found yourself put off by the seemingly black art of suspension adjustment? Or do you sometimes make colossal errors of judgement and screw up your settings because you forgot to take a note of...

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  • The best tyres for a 12-year-old Fireblade

    29 March 2010 by MCN

    The best tyres for a 12-year-old Fireblade

    Q. I own a 1998 Honda CBR900RRW FireBlade which needs new tyres. Which would be best for road riding and one or two trackdays in the novice group, as my first ever track day is at Croft in May? Kurt...

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  • Am I adjusting my chain too often?

    23 March 2010 by MCN

    Am I adjusting my chain too often?

    jon66: At the end of January I replaced my chain and put new sprockets on at the same time. I've done around 1200 miles since then, but I'm finding that the chain needs adjustment about every second...

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  • Are my R1's stock tyres good for track days?

    23 March 2010 by MCN

    Are my R1's stock tyres good for track days?

    Q. I’ve recently bought a 2009 Yamaha R1 which came fitted with Dunlop Sportmax D210 tyres. Could you tell me if they are any good? Save cash on motorcycle tyres I mainly ride on the road, but do the...

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  • What difference do bar-risers make?

    23 March 2010 by MCN

    What difference do bar-risers make?

    Q. I wonder if you might know the answer or could advise me on this? I have a new ZZR1400 and I asked the dealer to fit Genmar bar risers which raise the bar position by 25mm and back by 16mm. Instead...

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