Choosing kit

  • Can police stop you for emissions?

    02 April 2012 by MCN

    Can police stop you for emissions?

    Q. We know the police can do you for a noisy exhaust, but have they ever done anyone for excessive emissions on aftermarket exhausts? S Boucher, email A. Not as far as we’re aware. The police don’t...

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  • Why is there stepped wear on my front tyre?

    21 March 2012 by MCN

    Why is there stepped wear on my front tyre?

    Q. I was getting my GSX-R out from hibernation and I’ve noticed some stepped wear on the front tyre, it probably occurred with that end of the year track day and 300-mile ride I did last October. A.

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  • What to wear for desert riding

    21 March 2012 by MCN

    What to wear for desert riding

    Q. Work is taking me to Qatar and I’ll be swapping my Honda CB100R for a CRF450 to ride the dunes. As gear isn’t readily available out there, and I’m clueless when it comes to MX gear. Can you give me...

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  • Shoei XR-1100 problem

    15 March 2012 by Anonymous

    Shoei XR-1100 problem

    I wanted to pass on a concern I have with Shoei's XR-1100 crash helmet. The lid is awesome, very comfy, visor removal is easy and it is reasonably quiet. It suffers in one way only and has really...

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  • Best tyres for a Kawasaki ZZR600

    14 March 2012 by MCN

    Best tyres for a Kawasaki ZZR600

    Q. I own a 2001 ZZR600 and would like an opinion as to the best tyres for this bike. I am not a knee-down, throttle-open rider, basically I’m a commuter and weekend social rider. I have recently read...

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  • How to get back at a scammer

    14 March 2012 by MCN

    How to get back at a scammer

    Q. I have been stupid and trusted a stranger from the UK who I thought wanted to buy my 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R from me here in Slovakia. I won’t go into details, but I lost a lot of money and I don’t...

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  • How to improve Honda CBR600RR’s mirrors

    14 March 2012 by MCN

    How to improve Honda CBR600RR’s mirrors

    Q. Is it just me, or are the mirrors on CBR600RRs circa 2007 really crap? I get a lovely view of my arms and that’s it. Any ideas? A. Another reader, Barry Sylvester, had a similar problem but sorted...

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  • Best classic-looking motorcycle tyres

    01 March 2012 by MCN

    Best classic-looking motorcycle tyres

    Q. I have two bikes wanting new tyres – a 1979 Honda CB650Z and a 1998 Honda CB500S. I am not concerned about tyre wear, wet weather performance, or achieving the classic look, all I need is the best...

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  • Honda CBR600RR won’t idle

    01 March 2012 by MCN

    Honda CBR600RR won’t idle

    Q. My 2007 Honda CBR600RR has developed an idle problem. After start up one morning it was ticking over so slowly that it was nearly stalling. After a ride it seemed OK, but now it’s idling too fast...

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  • How to sort Yamaha XJ900’s braking feel

    01 March 2012 by MCN

    How to sort Yamaha XJ900’s braking feel

    Q. The brakes on my Yamaha XJ900 Diversion only give me decent feel when the lever’s span adjustment is right out. My last bike was an XJR1300 and the brakes were great, so I’m thinking of grafting on...

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  • Best tyres for a Ducati 916

    20 February 2012 by MCN

    Best tyres for a Ducati 916

    Q. I would like some advice on what tyres to buy for my 1998 Ducati 916. I have had the bike for five years and fitted a set of Michelin Pilot Sports when I got the bike. I have been happy with the...

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  • Moto Guzzi brake service made easy

    20 February 2012

    Moto Guzzi brake service made easy

    Q. I’ve almost completed the restoration of a 1999 Moto-Guzzi Daytona RS. Just how much "play" side to side and up and down on the floating discs should there be? There's a tiny tack weld on the back...

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  • Why is my Ducati 916 running roughly?

    20 February 2012 by MCN

    Why is my Ducati 916 running roughly?

    Q. I’ve a Ducati 916 that has been running rough for a little while. The electrics are all fine, with no dodgy relays and the bike was recently serviced with a clean bill of health. Mick Illingworth,...

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  • Which tyres for tubed 18-inch rims?

    15 February 2012 by MCN

    Which tyres for tubed 18-inch rims?

    Q. I’ve just got a 1992 Moto-Guzzi 50 Targa with aging Pirelli Stradas fitted and I want a set of tyres that give me good directional stability when I head out on weekend runs. Mike Henaghan,...

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  • Power Commander explained

    15 February 2012 by MCN

    Power Commander explained

    Q. I’m thinking of getting a Power Commander III. What is the "accelerator pump feature"?   A. This feature is built into all PCIII USB and PCVs, it allows you to configure settings which inject...

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  • Can I buy custom-made boots?

    15 February 2012 by MCN

    Can I buy custom-made boots?

    Q. I lost my right leg below the knee a while back and I’ve got a problem finding boots that will fit me. The reason is that my prosthetic leg is pretty ‘slimline’ to reduce weight and make it easier...

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  • Best all-round tyres for a Yamaha R6

    02 February 2012 by MCN

    Best all-round tyres for a Yamaha R6

    Q. I have a 2009 Yamaha R6 which I’ve been riding for the past two years on Dunlop Sportsmarts. But my mates really rate their Pirelli Supercorsas – when we’re parked up on a ride their tyres are...

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  • What’s a PCP deal?

    02 February 2012 by MCN

    What’s a PCP deal?

    Q. More and more bike companies are offering Personal Contract Plans (PCP) and it looks like a tempting way of buying a new bike every few years. What's the catch? Graham Bayes, by email A. PCP deals...

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  • Can I spray my own bike?

    02 February 2012 by MCN

    Can I spray my own bike?

    Q. I recently crashed my bike at low speed after a momentary loss of concentration. I've changed the few broken parts but the fairing needs either replacing or repairing. I've always fancied learning...

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  • How can I care for my pillion?

    02 February 2012 by MCN

    How can I care for my pillion?

    Q. After years of trying to get my wife to agree to a long riding holiday as pillion she has agreed. But what can I do to make her as comfortable and safe as possible on the back of my Honda Pan...

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  • Do I really need a motorcycle alarm?

    02 February 2012 by MCN

    Do I really need a motorcycle alarm?

    Q. My insurance policy is demanding an alarm is fitted to my Suzuki GSX-R750 but I’m no fan of them as, in my experience, they always seem to go wrong, drain the battery and no one takes any notice of...

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  • How long will my helmet last?

    02 February 2012 by MCN

    How long will my helmet last?

    Q. My crash helmet is a few years old but remains very comfortable. It was in absolutely tip-top condition until it rolled off the petrol tank a little while ago onto the petrol station forecourt’s...

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  • Boot review: Sidi Vertigo Gore-Tex

    26 January 2012 by Liam Marsden

    Boot review: Sidi Vertigo Gore-Tex

    Sidi Vertigo Gore-Tex boots, from £207 at www.mcnshop.com Miles covered/time: 15,000/four years What’s good: These boots have seen four winters and many more miles in mostly terrible weather (and...

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  • Can magnesium wheels be powdercoated?

    26 January 2012 by MCN

    Can magnesium wheels be powdercoated?

    Q. Is it possible to powdercoat the wheels on my 2005 Aprilia Tuono Factory? A mate told me they can't be done because they are magnesium. Airm8, MCN forums A. Magnesium wheels weigh 30% less than...

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  • I need a bespoke header pipe

    26 January 2012 by MCN

    I need a bespoke header pipe

    Q. I have an immaculate Kawasaki KLR650 with a Marvin stainless steel silencer that looks and sounds great. Marvin does not make a header pipe, so are there any exhaust firms who could manufacture a...

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  • Best tyres for a CCM FT35

    20 January 2012 by MCN

    Best tyres for a CCM FT35

    Q. I have a CCM FT35-S, the 400cc Suzuki-engined supermoto with a 120/70 x 17 front tyre and a 150/70 x 17 rear. What choices do I have in replacement rubber? Nick Scarr, email A. First off, the...

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