Choosing kit

  • Will my aftermarket exhaust become illegal?

    25 July 2012 by MCN

    Will my aftermarket exhaust become illegal?

    Q. If I have a dealer-approved Arrow exhaust system fitted on my Triumph by the dealer and these EU rules come in saying no aftermarket exhausts, would this mean I have to take it off and refit the...

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  • Can I derestrict a Honda Varadero 125?

    25 July 2012 by MCN

    Can I derestrict a Honda Varadero 125?

    Q. I have been riding for 47 years and am heading for retirement, so I want a bike that’s easy to push around, that I can ride all day and is cheap to run. I like the Honda 125 Varadero, but can it be...

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  • Product review: SBK Generations

    09 July 2012 by Liam Marsden

    Product review: SBK Generations

    SBK Generations, £29.99 Time played: One month What's good? The career mode is improved from last year. You now start in 2009 and have up until the end of the 2012 season to win the WSB title. So this...

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  • Best tyres for a Suzuki GSX400

    09 July 2012 by MCN

    Best tyres for a Suzuki GSX400

    Q. I am having problems finding a pair of matching road tyres for my 1982 Suzuki GSX400. The front is a 90/90/19, the rear is a 110/90/17, if I have to mix brands what would be the best combination? ...

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  • Jacket review: Germot Oxford wax jacket

    09 July 2012 by Simon Brown

    Jacket review: Germot Oxford wax jacket

    Germot Oxford wax jacket, £239.99 Miles covered/time: 2000/three months What’s good: This jacket combines retro charm with a degree of 21st century protection and I really love wearing it – it’s a...

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  • How can I restrict a Honda VF400F?

    25 June 2012 by MCN

    How can I restrict a Honda VF400F?

    Q. I am looking into buying a Honda VF400F. But I can't find a 33bhp kit or any legal way of restricting it. I have tried as many people and places as I can think of, including Honda dealerships and...

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  • Will WD40 damage tyres?

    25 June 2012 by MCN

    Will WD40 damage tyres?

    Q. My son can be a bit like Frank Spencer sometimes. When cleaning his chain he often gets WD40 all over his rear tyre, too. Despite me warning him not to, he declares: "It's OK, I clean it off...

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  • How to remove a seized bolt from CBR600F Sport’s radiator

    07 June 2012 by MCN

    Q. I've a Honda CBR600F Sport and was just about to give it a good clean today when one of the bolts on the V-piece under the radiator just kept turning. So I thought I'll take the left-hand fairing off and carefully take the V-piece off with the left-hand fairing. All was going well until I found another seized bolt in its rubber grommet on the left fairing. How can I get them out? Dom501, MCN...

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  • Have my wheel weights been wrongly fitted?

    07 June 2012 by MCN

    Have my wheel weights been wrongly fitted?

    Q. I have just had new Bridgestone tyres fitted to my Gold Wing by my local Honda dealer. The rear tyre has not got any weights and on the front they have put all the weights on one side, 2 x 10 and 3...

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  • What’s causing my Honda Hornet’s rattle?

    28 May 2012 by MCN

    What’s causing my Honda Hornet’s rattle?

    Q. I was advised the rattle on my Honda Hornet 600 was probably the camchain tensioner, so I had a new one fitted, but now the rattle has returned. However, where it used to rattle when cold, it’s now...

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  • Why is my Yamaha R6 dying on me?

    23 May 2012 by MCN

    Why is my Yamaha R6 dying on me?

    Q. I recently rebuilt my 2002 Yamaha R6 and all seems ok. It starts up and ticks over OK, but when I go to ride off it feels like it’s got no fuel and the revs die on me. She will restart just fine,...

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  • My Suzuki GSX-R750 is overheating

    23 May 2012 by MCN

    My Suzuki GSX-R750 is overheating

    Q. I have a 2003 Suzuki GSX-R750 and when it gets to its max temperature (107 degrees) it overheats and cuts out in traffic, I have to wait until it cools down before it starts again. It was fully...

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  • Why is my Deauville playing up?

    23 May 2012 by MCN

    Why is my Deauville playing up?

    Q. I was riding home on the M6 yesterday after a weeks touring round Scotland on my Deauville when my rev counter went haywire then died. Shortly after, the bike backfired twice and the engine cut out...

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  • Road tyres for a Triumph Tiger 800XC

    23 May 2012 by MCN

    Road tyres for a Triumph Tiger 800XC

    Q. What replacement tyres would you recommend for my Triumph 800 XC? I will only be using the bike on the road for weekend leisure trips and occasional long distance tours. They also need to be good...

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  • Which springs to upgrade my FJR’s forks?

    16 May 2012 by MCN

    Which springs to upgrade my FJR’s forks?

    Q. I want to uprate the front fork springs on my FJR1300A (2008 plate) as I’m finding it too soft fully-loaded. The brand names I've heard of don't do replacement uprated springs for my year of bike.

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  • Can I re-use an old tyre?

    16 May 2012 by MCN

    Can I re-use an old tyre?

    Q. Is it acceptable to re-fit a motorcycle tyre? I replaced the rear tyre on my 2007 CBR600RR last year as I was going on a long trip and didn't want the hassle of changing it when I was away. Now...

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  • What’s causing front-end shimmy?

    30 April 2012 by MCN

    What’s causing front-end shimmy?

    Q. I am getting a slight front end shimmy at higher speed on my Honda CBR600F. The bike is fitted with Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsas and I’ve done 1000 miles on them during which time they have been...

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  • Which clutch plates for a Yamaha V-Max?

    30 April 2012 by MCN

    Which clutch plates for a Yamaha V-Max?

    Q. My Yamaha V-Max will soon need new clutch plates. The Barnett sets are £20-30 more than EBC or Ferodo. Are they worth the extra cash? Mickh13, MCN forums A. Unless you are going drag racing I don’t...

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  • Best textile trousers on a budget

    30 April 2012 by MCN

    Best textile trousers on a budget

    Q. After 28 years off bikes I have decided to go back to riding. A lot has changed in this time and I need some advice. I am thinking of buying a pair of textile trousers with a limited budget of £75,...

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  • Why is my air filter covered in fuel?

    24 April 2012 by MCN

    Why is my air filter covered in fuel?

    Q. The fuel on my Kawasaki ER-5 is flowing straight through into the air filter box and it sounds like it is only firing on one cylinder, too. Quilley, MCN forums A. The ER-5 has a vacuum tap which...

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  • Tyres for a Firestorm?

    08 April 2012 by Paul Millard

    I ride a 1998 Honda Firestorm which is mint (5000 miles) and the suspension is fully sorted which transforms the bike to what it should have been. But now the bike could do with more modern tyres to replace the old BT010s. I ride from legal speeds to countryside burn ups and would like a balance of reasonable grip, mileage and value. Conti Motion are a tyre I was considering but I would first...

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  • Triumph Speed Triple stuck in gear

    02 April 2012 by MCN

    Triumph Speed Triple stuck in gear

    Q. My 18,000-mile 2005 Triumph Speed Triple 1050 has started sticking in first gear when stationary. No amount of force on the lever will shift it, the only way to get neutral is to turn off the...

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