Choosing kit

  • Has my alarm killed my R1?

    23 March 2010 by MCN

    Has my alarm killed my R1?

    Q. I put my regularly used 2004 Yamaha R1 away for a night and now it has decided not to fire up. 48 hours after I stopped it the alarm went off for no apparent reason, and after I’d turned the...

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  • Will a new air filter cure carb icing?

    16 March 2010 by MCN

    Will a new air filter cure carb icing?

    Q. I have had no problems with my 2005 Suzuki GSF650 Bandit until the weather turned before Christmas. Since then on cold days the bike starts fine, but then after about five minutes of riding the...

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  • Why won't my headlights turn on?

    16 March 2010 by MCN

    Why won't my headlights turn on?

    Fastasfox: I have a 2003 ZX-6R and I can't get the headlights on. The lights should turn on when the engine is fired up and I have looked at the bulbs, connections, new battery (on a battery...

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  • Pirelli Angel ST: "planted and smooth"

    16 March 2010 by MCN

    Pirelli Angel ST: "planted and smooth"

    Q. I'm thinking of fitting Pirelli Angel ST touring tyres to my Suzuki 1250 Bandit. How good are they? davegsxr1000, MCN tyre forum Save £££s on motorcycle tyres A. A Speed Triple rider on the forum...

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  • Best boots for all-day use?

    16 March 2010 by MCN

    Best boots for all-day use?

    Q. I was just wondering if you could advise me on motorcycle boots as I am looking to find a pair I can use on and off the bike as I go about my daily business. Save cash on motorcycle boots So far I...

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  • Yamaha XJR1300 oil cooler conundrum

    09 March 2010 by MCN

    Yamaha XJR1300 oil cooler conundrum

    Q. Can you tell me if the oil cooler pipes and hoses from a 99-01 Yamaha XJR1300 will fit a 2002 model? Save £££s on motorcycle products Mine are leaking from the hose and I've managed to locate some...

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  • Best tyres for a Ducati 999

    09 March 2010 by MCN

    Best tyres for a Ducati 999

    Q. I have a new (grey import and been in a case for six years) Ducati 999 which I bought in 09. I am going to do a few track days on it this year but most of my riding will be on roads where I am...

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  • Best tyres for a 2000 Triumph Sprint ST 955i

    09 March 2010 by MCN

    Best tyres for a 2000 Triumph Sprint ST 955i

    Q. I ride a 2000 Triumph Sprint ST 955i and can't afford to change it, so I have lowered the gearing to give it a bit more stomp. It's a great bike but I would like it to steer a bit quicker with some...

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  • Where can I get cheap RSV brakes discs?

    09 March 2010 by MCN

    Where can I get cheap RSV brakes discs?

    Q. I need some new front discs for my 2003 Aprilia RSV1000 and I've been quoted about £400 for a pair (fitted), which seems steep to me. Save cash on motorcycle products Have I got any other...

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  • How do I combat fork lacquer 'worming'?

    02 March 2010 by MCN

    How do I combat fork lacquer 'worming'?

    Kellyt: My Triumph Speedmaster suffers with lacquer 'worming' problems on the lower forks, top yoke and risers. They have been changed five times under warranty but the worming keeps coming back, the...

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  • Best RS250 tyres for road and track

    02 March 2010 by MCN

    Best RS250 tyres for road and track

    A. I am replacing my tyres on an Aprilia RS250. My thoughts so far are Bridgestone BT090s, BT-003RS or Dunlop SP GPR Alpha 10s? Save cash on motorcycle tyres Looking on the Bridgestone website shows...

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  • Are my exhausts making my bike run badly?

    02 March 2010 by MCN

    Are my exhausts making my bike run badly?

    Q. I've recently traded in my old bike for a Ducati 748R. Unfortunately it seems to have a flat spot as soon as you crack the throttle open, and appears to be running very rich. Save cash on...

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  • Golden rules for helmet painting

    02 March 2010 by MCN

    Golden rules for helmet painting

    Q. I want to get my fiberglass crash helmet painted to match my bike. What do I have to look out for to make sure it will still keep my bonce intact if I do take a tumble? Michael Acton, Plymouth...

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  • Fab motorcycle goggles

    24 February 2010 by Jim Forkin

    I needed a pair of glasses that could be multi-function; sun-glasses, regular prescription and most importantly comfortable. I purhcased a pair of Davida WRS74 Goggles and I have to say for just under £120 they are fantastic, comfortable and great with an open face helmet.

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  • How to set up your bike, the Ron Haslam way

    23 February 2010 by MCN

    How to set up your bike, the Ron Haslam way

    Road race ace Ron Haslam’s years of experience of tracks and public-road circuits have taught him something that’s a mystery to most of us – how to set up a bike. Suspension changes are the only...

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  • Best tyres for a Triumph Speed Triple

    23 February 2010 by MCN

    Best tyres for a Triumph Speed Triple

    Q. I’ve just bought a new Triumph Speed Triple for very spirited riding on the roads (well, it’s what it was built for!) and for fast group track days. Save £££s on motorcycle tyres As I bought...

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  • Brake disc rivets explained

    23 February 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Brake disc rivets explained

    Q. I recently read your advice column in MCN on floating discs from an Andrew Carroll (MCN, November 25) and was wondering, should the rivets on my discs rotate freely on my Aprilia RS250 because at...

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  • Where can I buy an Ace Café jacket?

    15 February 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Where can I buy an Ace Café jacket?

    Q. I have lost the MCN edition from last year that had the advert for the Ace Café leather jackets in. Save £££s on motorcycle jackets Can you help me? I would like the address or email address to...

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  • Product advice: Is my tyre contaminated?

    15 February 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Product advice: Is my tyre contaminated?

    The rear tyre on my freshly-cleaned ZX-10 let go before I got to the end of my road, sending me and the bike sliding along on our sides. I can only think that the tyre must have had WD-40 or bike...

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  • How can I get a spare ignition key?

    09 February 2010 by MCN

    How can I get a spare ignition key?

    Q. I've bought a good condition 2005 Yamaha TDM900 from a dealer 200 miles away. But it was only after it was delivered that I realised I should have had three keys, a code key and two ignition keys,...

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  • Why's my exhaust header pipe glowing?

    09 February 2010 by MCN

    Why's my exhaust header pipe glowing?

    Q. I have an N-reg Kawasaki GPz500 which is restricted at the moment. I noticed that as it was warming up the other night, the right hand exhaust header pipe was glowing red but the left side...

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  • Best tyres for riding to a track day?

    09 February 2010 by MCN

    Best tyres for riding to a track day?

    Q. I've just bought a 2000 ZX-9R for track days. Save £££s on motorcycle tyres However I have to ride to the track so I need some advice on suitable tyre options? Ollie, MCN Tyre forum A.

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  • How to set up a Blade exhaust valve

    01 February 2010 by MCN

    How to set up a Blade exhaust valve

    Q. I’m having problems setting up the exhaust valve on my 2003 Blade. Save money on motorcycle exhausts With the ignition on, the index mark on the control valve is not aligning with the horizontal...

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  • Best tyre for a 1250 Bandit

    27 January 2010 by MCN

    Best tyre for a 1250 Bandit

    Q. I’ve got a 2009 Suzuki GSF1250 GT and after 3500 miles I need a new rear tyre to replace the OE Dunlop D218N 180/55 V17. I spend 80% of the time touring, and 20% over the Dales. Save money on...

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  • Can I mix tyres on my VFR750?

    27 January 2010 by MCN

    Can I mix tyres on my VFR750?

    Q. I ride a 1997 VFR750, a superb bike. On the front I have a perfect Bridgestone Battlax BT56 with lots of tread left. Save £££s on motorcycle tyres My question is, can I replace the worn out BT57...

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  • How to change a Ducati 998 fuel filter

    27 January 2010 by MCN

    How to change a Ducati 998 fuel filter

    Q. I want to change the fuel filter on my Ducati 998, which sits inside the fuel tank along with the fuel pump, but I've heard that refitting the pump assembly and the attendant rubber seal is a...

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  • Will my 525 chain fit on a 520 sprocket?

    27 January 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Will my 525 chain fit on a 520 sprocket?

    Q. I’ve just bought a 15-tooth front sprocket for my GSX-R600. I bought it off eBay and it was advertised to fit a 525 chain, which I have. Save cash on chains and sprockets It came yesterday and...

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  • Where can I get exhaust packing material?

    19 January 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Where can I get exhaust packing material?

    Q. I have extracted the pipe baffles out of the tail pipe of a Suzuki TS250L and noticed the wadding has completely disappeared. Save cash on motorcycle exhausts Can anyone recommend a suitable...

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